October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Little Moon Essentials is helping us raise Awareness
As we continue to create awareness about this disease that affects 1 out of 8 women (click here for more information.) One way to help cope with stress hormones is to have a nightly ritual. Rituals help the body ground down and produce oxytocin, the feel good hormone. Taking a bath or using lotion or aromatherapy before bedtime is the perfect prescription. Little Moon Essentials is an organic bath and body company from Colorado. They produce beautiful aromatherapy sprays, lotions, sugar scrubs and bath salts. We have teamed up with Little Moon Essentials to give away one full size gift box a week to raise awareness for breast cancer awareness month. We love them because their products contain essential oils that are nature’s perfect prescription for making you feel better.
Here are some of my favorite essential oils for relaxation that are in Little Moon Essentials products:
Lavender is the superstar in the essential oil world. It too has anti-microbial, fungal and viral activity to it. It also in an analgesic, sedative, antiaxiolitic, it helps with headaches, lice, cysts, muscle pain, digestive issues, depression, nervousness and many other mood disorders. It can also help with PMS as wellbeing. Lavender is a wonderful first aid remedy, especially for burns; it is among the safest and most widely used essential oils. Lavender was used during the Victorian times for fainting. There are over 350 studies on lavender demonstrating everything from mood enhancement and balance to pain relief. It brings balance both physically and emotionally. I like many uses for lavender. For relaxation my favorite aromatherapy scent is Clear skies Ahead by Little Moon Essentials.
Rosemary was burned in French hospitals to purify the air up until the 20th century. This essential oil is also an excellent anti-bacterial, antifungal and antiviral. It is an excellent antiseptic as well and why is was used in hospitals a long time ago. It is an excellent tonic and is very similar to lavender as far as uses but rosemary is more of a stimulant and lavender is more of a sedative or has a calming nature to it. Research has demonstrated that it helps with memory and cognition. Rosemary can be used in cooking. I have used the essential oil diffused to help in memory and recall for test taking. A great mixture to help with cognition is to use a few drops of rosemary, lemon, orange and lavender in a spray bottle with distilled water to lift mood.
Rose Rose is a beauty favorite, It is used in many perfumes body oils and face creams. Egyptian rose, Rose helps ground and center you before bedtime. A recent study demonstrated aromatherapy with rose oil can reduce anxiety
Euclayptus: when we think of cough drops we think of eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is used for treating the common cold and all its side effects like coughing, mucous, sinus infections sore throat. Other uses are for insect bites and itching. Eucalyptus oil also has anti viral, fugal and bacterial effects. My favorite use for eucalyptus is during a cold. I like to take a bowl of hot water and create a tent with a towel over my head draped around the bowl. I will put a few drops of eucalyptus oil in inhale the steam. It works wonders for any cold, or virus and opens my repository passages.
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Did you know that 1 in 8 women are affected this type of cancer and environmental exposure is responsible for almost 90 percent of cases! Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in women.
Today, H and H wanted to share some quick ways to help decrease your risk from getting cancer.
Eat organic animal products. I cannot stress how important this is. If cancers run in your family, limit the amount of grilled meat since it has heterocyclic amines which are linked to many types of cancer. Additionally, if you have breast cancer in your family try to lower or avoid red meat.
Drink clean water. Invest in a filter like Britta which reduces the amount of chemicals in your water. Make sure you are not only drinking filtered, clean water but that you are drinking enough water. Remember that water in glass bottles is the safest, do not leave plastic water bottles in hot cars where the chemicals in the plastic can leach into the water from the heat. Consume at least 64 ounces of clean water a day.
Eat organic fruits and vegetables. This can be pricey but if you are on a budget, please refer to The Environmental Working Group’s clean fifteen and dirty dozen. The phytochemicals in vegetables and fruit are some of the best way to protect yourself from cancer.
Eat 25-40 grams of fiber a day. Fiber can be found in vegetables, fruits, grains, roots and beans. Fiber has been proven to decrease cancers and cardiovascular disease, another increasing health issue with women.
Do not smoke. Smoking increases the risks of cancer.
Avoid chemical exposure. The dirty dozen is a list released by the Environmental Working Group which contains food you should by organic. They contain endocrine disruptors. These are paramount to avoid because there is a direct link with these and increased risks of cancer.
Use organic or healthy cleaning products for your home. Just like eating organic food, you want to use organic cleaning products and cosmetics. Just like food, what we breathe and what touches our skin goes directly into our bodies and bloodstream.
Exercise! Sitting is the new smoking, it has been proven that exercising can decrease the risk of getting cancer.
Keep your cell phone away from your bra! Today, many women tend to keep their phones in their bras, a dangerous move since the radiation from cellphones have been linked to many types of cancers. Instead, opt for a Bluetooth device or headphones. Try and keep your cell phone away from your body at all possible times.
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and before the end of the month, I wanted to share Crisis Text Line. During the Summer, I had the honor to interview Jen James, the creator of the volunteer curriculum and trainer of the original supervision team of Crisis Text Line.
Crisis Text Line was developed as part of DoSomething.Org when one of the workers, Stephanie Shih received a text that read “He won’t stop raping me” “it’s my Dad.” Shih showed the message correspondence to her boss Nancy Lublin. Over the next two years, these women would develop what is now known as Crisis Text Line, the only 24/7 crisis-intervention hotline conducted via text message. Lublin recognized the high volume of people who were using text messaging as their primary mode of communication.
James’ role was to create a remote training program for volunteers all over the world. The requirements:
A social security number for a background check
18 and over
A good heart “We are not there to teach you to be kind, you should be kind. We don’t want dicks” -Jen James
Launched in March of 2014 with 20 people, today Crisis Text Line has over 4,000 volunteers and anyone can text “Hello” to 741741 if they are in crisis.
Jen has lived and personal experience dealing with crisis. Twenty-two years ago when Jen tried to take her life, there weren’t the resources available like there are today. Additionally, people did not talk about their problems, they were “swept under the rug.” Since then, Jen graduated as a film maker and continues to be both passionate and creative. She recognized her desire to help others who are faced with that moment of crisis. You can learn more about Jen here.
Interested in becoming a volunteer?
You will learn the skills to help anyone with any issue they are facing. You do not need to be an expert in eating disorders, be Social Worker or Psychologist to volunteer. The conversation and the training which you go through will cover the issues which Crisis Text Line deals with.
The volunteers are not there to judge a crisis, because every crisis is different. They want to be there for anyone during their time of crisis.
Go to their website: click here which will bring you to their volunteer page. You complete a 34 hour training and once that is completed, dedicate 4 hours a week to helping others. In Jen’s words
“It’s such a wonderful way of giving back to the world, you don’t need a cape to save a life.”
Quinoa has been around for thousands of years and consumed by the native people of Peru, Chile and Bolivia. In recent decades quinoa has made it into health food stores as a new superfood because of its high protein content for a grain. Quinoa consumed is high in amino acids, vitamin E and Lysine. These all help make collagen, elastin and contain anti-oxidants, all of which help to rebuild and repair the skin.
Recently, quinoa is being used in cosmetics. Like with anything new in the cosmetics world, a plant must undergo studies to support any claims. There are two Quinoa studies cited in this article that show its promise for hair and particularly skin. This superfood is promising for diminishing fine lines, brightening the skin, and helping heal acne scars.
A study in the Int J Cosmet Sci. in 2015 demonstrated that quinoa contains tyrosinase inhibitors, an enzyme that decreases pigmentation and therefore brightens the skin and has been shown to be effective in reducing brown spots and hyperpigmentation keeping skin bright. Being rich in Riboflavin, a B vitamin, Quinoa helps with the production and regulation of melanin. The physical symptoms of aging skin are lessened through the reduction of intracellular oxidative stress and MMP (matrix metalloproteinases) enzymatic activity, and tyrosinase enzymatic activity.
Quinoa has the ability to help recover damaged skin and reduce aging of the skin and skin damage. Ecdysteroid is another compound in quinoa (J Biochem Mol Toxicol) that helps reduce damage and oxidative stress, helping to recycle skin matrix, particularly the structural proteins, collagen and elastin in the skin and aids acne scarring. Its antioxidant properties help reduce the aging process by rebuilding skin from matrix metalloproteinase) enzymatic activity.
Quinoa grounded like other scrubs made from grains, has a gentle husk or outside covering. Many women from Andean countries like Peru, Bolivia and Northern Chile have been using Quinoa to gently exfoliate their face for centuries. Make sure to use quinoa that is gently ground. Mix with an organic skin oil or water and gently rub into the face. Rinse with a damp cloth and make sure the quinoa doesn’t block the drain. If you don’t want to make your own there are several new products on the market using quinoa as a main ingredient.
When consumed as food, Quinoa is extremely high in antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals, and can help fight aging and several diseases. In a 2009 study, researchers found that among five grains, three grasses, and two legumes, quinoa had the highest antioxidant content of all. Compared to other foods, quinoa demonstrated superiority in disease reduction.
Quinoa protects against oxidative stress, which can damage and age skin and hair. It is important for readers to realize using quinoa alone will not cure their skin and hair issues. It is, however, another wonderful botanical that has demonstrated efficacy in treating hyperpigmentation and reducing oxidative stress.
A year ago, if someone would have asked me what first comes to mind when I hear the word charcoal, I would have said something along the lines of “a grill” or “ a cookout”, but today, the first thing that I think of is toothpaste, specifically My Magic Mud ®; an activated charcoal, fluoride free toothpaste.
Created by Jessica and Justin Arman, My Magic Mud was first developed in Jessica’s kitchen as a solution for her daughter who had incredibly sensitive teeth susceptible to cavities.
Coconut shell charcoal
Calcium bentonite clay
Organic mint extract
Organic orange peel extract.
Although they seem simple, these ingredients all play a significant role in the toothpastes performance. The coconut shell charcoal is activated though a scientific process and then used to draw out bacteria and toxins from your teeth’s pores. The calcium bentonite clay strengthens enamel and boosts your mouth’s immune system. The organic mint extract acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and the organic orange peel extract is a natural tooth whitener. When all these ingredients are combined you have a messy, but wonderful toothpaste.
Justine states “We believe in natural alternatives to toxic chemicals. Fluoride isn’t needed for strong, healthy teeth, especially not in our drinking water.” Since we tend to swallow toothpaste, fluoride goes through your intestines. Even worse, according to the Global Healing center, Fluoride is one of the most dangerous chemicals known to man.
My Magic Mud is also vegan, cruelty free, gluten free, non-GMO. If there was ever a charcoal toothpaste to try, this is it, especially since it is dentist recommended.
So why is Charcoal good for you?
It has detoxifying strengths like being able to grab onto everything ranging from dangerous chemicals to dirt and oil. Though limited medical research has been conducted, activated charcoal is a form of carbon which is a rebirth of ancient medicine techniques along with being used in African tribes as a form of teeth cleaning. Charcoal attaches to everything it crosses paths with, like stains, tartar, bacteria and even viruses.
Right now with the hurricane ready to barrel down on all of Florida I thought I would share this post in hopes that people would read it before their power went out. If you are reading this some other time or place, the practice of journaling can help you in times of stress and help you connect with you mind and soul and relive free flowing anxiety.
There are many ways to connect with your mind, heart and spirit, especially in times of hard ship. Journaling is a way to engage the creative spirit within you and get out what is called “free flowing anxiety”. I myself have used this during times throughout the last 20 years and I encourage my patients to use this exercise as well. You do not need to be a world class writer to journal. In fact, I keep a picture journal instead. Next to my bed is a lovely Italian paper journal. In a bedside drawer I keep a pair of scissors, glue stick, and pages of magazines, newspaper or even greeting cards with images that I love or resonate with an emotion that I might be feeling at the time. These images sometimes have relevant text written on it and sometimes no text at all. It only takes a few minutes to cut out images and glue them into the journal. I will write a few words that expresses what I am feeling or just leave the montage of photos without any words. This exercise has become so popular that my daughter, who was young when I began this process, regularly requested to make a journal page with me, especially if she was home sick or if something emotional in her life has happened. It is amazing to look back through the pages of the journal and reflect upon life’s passages.
Keeping a journal helps free your mind. You can write, use imagery and if you’re really talented keep many thoughts in your journal. With the hurricane on the way, I will be using this opportunity to write without distraction and hope channel what is deep in my subconscious mind. I encourage all of you who are down here in Florida to do the same in the hours we won’t have power or those who may just feel lost in this difficult time.
After returning from a whirlwind week in New York City I wanted to share some of my personal favorites from IBENY 17 (Indie Beauty Expo). I was first introduced to some of these brands in May at IBE Dallas and am confidently retain them on the top of my list.
The brands that won me over meet a variety of prerequisites such as their low carbon footprint, personal mission statements, high quality ingredients and mindfulness towards health, not to mention their appeal to a wide range of consumers:
Kindred: I met Frances, the owner, at IBE Dallas and visited with her again in NY. Driven by her own skin challenges she created a line of high quality, organic oil based skin care. I love all the aspects of her products from the beautiful fragrance to the delicate nature of the non-greasy oils. Her cleansing oil is appreciably light which is unique among the crowd of organic cleansing oils. Kindred’s facial Oil Cleanser helped me break a 25-year habit using a market-leading Japanese cleansing oil. Also, her facial mask clays are formaldehyde-free, a known environmental toxin. Their newly released Eye Treat, which contains caffeine and botanicals, is a new favorite of mine. It’s perfect for my puffy allergic eyes and I use it morning and night. It’s perfect or those mornings when I wake up like Hitch. Kindred just released a solid moisturizer baton, which is compact and TSA-friendly for travel. As an added bonus, I love that the packaging on all Kindred products is designed for protection while travelling and it’s reusable. Many of the products have a light sandalwood fragrance.
Luk Beautifood: This luscious lip nourishment company from Australia really drew me in with its packaging (wrapped in reusable fruit-printed cloth to clean computer and phone screens) and its edible food-grade ingredients. Women ingest a lifetime of lipstick pigments, waxes and petrochemicals that contain heavy metals and toxic pigments, which are endocrine disrupters accumulating over a lifetime compromising our immune system (read more here). The fact that Luk Beautifood contains food grade ingredients places them at the top of my list. In fact, I had one for a snack on my way to JFK (JK). The company’s owner is a food scientist with years of experience behind herself in food testing, creation and preparation.
Luxe Botanics: This beautiful South African brand is sourced from high quality oils and fruits from South Africa. Not only is it brilliantly made, backed by science but a portion of proceeds go back to the communities that produce their core botanicals in Kenya, Brazil and Malawi. From Nature to Nuture, we love this brand. They have three core botanicals: Marula Oil from Kenya, Camu Camu Berry from Brazil, and Kigelia Africana from Malawi. Their products are made with pure botanical ingredients in combination with compounds synthesized from natural and organic bases. They are ethically harvested with science behind them. Luxe Botanics are vegan, cruelty free, and ethically and sustainably sourced. The founder and creator studied biotechnology in Australia. She had a successful nine-year career working for pharmaceutical in both Australia and Singapore, before deciding to pursue her dream of creating Luxe Botanics.
L’odaites: This tiny gorgeously packaged line is from France. With only five products, this line is derived from natural pure extracts from fruits, flowers or seeds. Using the fruit sugar from dates is an interesting concept. Through cold processing they maintain the integrity of the active ingredients. These date-based products are rich in minerals which support healthy skin, including the synthesis of collagen and elastin. A study in Pakistan treating facial skin with date extract improved elasticity, pigmentation, redness, brightness and hydration. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/cosmetics4020013
Osmia Organics: This line was created by Dr. Sarah Villafranco who left Emergency Room medicine to pursue a healthier lifestyle. Drawing on her medical background and after a lot of experimentation she created Osmia, a broad line of beauty products derived from consciously-sourced plant materials. Although I didn’t get to spend that much time with her, I was highly impressed by her line. Her personal story is compelling to all of us who are too afraid to make a change no matter where you are in life. I tried her Nectar vital rose drops and loved them. Her spot treatment which is used for breakouts is tea tree oil free making it ideal for people with sensitive skin.
Little Moon Essentials: This all-natural affordable line is one of my favorites. All the products are organic and made in Colorado. Their wonderful organic bath salt soaks are calming and restorative and I have personally used their products for years. It is a way to bring nature into your bathtub. I love their Clear Skies Ahead room spray, Dream Cream, and sugar scrubs. They have a cooling spray, called Lift Off, which is great to use after a day at the beach or when you’re experiencing hot flashes or both. This brand is very affordable for people looking to transition to green products. You can read more about detoxification through salt bath therapy here.
Olverum: This brand is simplistic and singularly focused producing a gorgeous German cult bath oil. The smell is out of this world. We met them at IBE Dallas and can’t get enough of their formulation of plant extracts, specifically selected for their traditional therapeutic properties. Olverum provides a luxurious synergistic nighttime experience from bath to bedtime. This treasured olfactory treat from the 1930’s has us swooning for it today.
Element Candles: Another company we met at the Indie Beauty Expo in Dallas and happy to see them in NYC has a unique collection of candles that are as clean as you’re going to find. Most people with allergies and respiratory issues must be careful of candles. They may contain heavy metals in wicks, toxic fragrance, petrochemical derived wax and they produce soot that gets into the air exacerbating respiratory illnesses. This candle has none of that. As an asthmatic I can get behind a product specifically designed to avoid all those problems.
Mitty: Say “goodbye” to disposable wipes! The Makeup Mitty helps you clean up your act without messing up the planet. This company offers large sizes for the face and a mini size for your eyes and other tiny areas. This product is a reusable low carbon footprint wash mitten. It is gentle enough to use on the most delicate skin. These Mitties outperform and outlast wipes and washcloths and in the long run reduce your carbon footprint. Being overly fastidious about my products I discovered that the Mitty can also double as a cleaner for cosmetic brushes.
Source Vital: These friends from the Indie Beauty Expo in Dallas and NYC have two products I’m crazy about: Deozein Zest deodorant and their Tranquil Multi spray. We have been crazy for their innovative clean roll-on deodorant for months. Making a switch to a clean deodorant can be tricky for some people during their transition from conventional products. Especially in hot locales like here in South Florida, it can be a smelly experience no matter how clean your diet is. We put it to the test. This deodorant performed wonderfully. It even survived Miami Swim Week castings. Deozein Zest is not just a cover-up, their formulas eliminate odor for both men and women. Source Vital formulates their deodorant with pure essential oils, natural mineral salts and seaweed extract, all known for controlling bacteria that cause odor. Source Vital is a broad-range company that has many full lines and custom formulas, but I had to mention our favorites.
Ayuna, Less is Beauty: This beautiful high-end line from Spain offers a small line of theory based products. We especially love their volcanic glass and carbon mask. This very gentle mask helps to draw out impurities, reduce skin sensitivity and leaves your skin feeling radiant and rejuvenated. The collection is elegant and complete.
Stay tuned for future writings on H&H as we continue to review other outstanding brands from the Indie Beauty Expo Dallas an New York.
With Labor Day Weekend coming up, Haute and Holistic wanted to share some tips on how to prevent a hangover, something many people will be facing in the days to come. Here are my tips and tricks to avoid the dreaded hangover.
I am always amazed by the number of patients who show up to their appointments with hangovers, especially around a holiday. If patients could take a few preventive steps before hitting parties, they most likely would wake up on the right side of the bed and not in the toilet.
The first tool is simply eating a healthy meal prior to going out. Make sure to eat both health fats like avocados, nuts or olives and fiber such as apples, vegetables or whole grains to delay transit time in the digestive system. Having both fiber and fat will keep your stomach full and keep you from getting completely smashed, which can happen on an empty stomach. Plus, by eating a good meal beforehand you are less likely to eat junk at parties (always a plus). Alcoholic drinks contain approximately 150 calories per drink and that doesn’t include mixers. These empty calories can quickly add up. After a season of parties, eating healthy meals prior to heading out may save you 5-10 pounds.
Another great tip I tell my patients is to rotate a huge glass of water between each drink. This will slow patients down and keep dehydrating effects of alcohol at bay. I also suggest avoiding dark colored alcohol like whiskey and red wine. Instead, stick with light colored alcohols like vodka, white wine, tequila and gin because they contain fewer chemicals called congeners, which can leave you with a splitting headache. Avoid add-ins like sour mix, which pack in preservatives that can make a hangover even worse and sugars that spike your blood glucose, then send it crashing leading you to crave more alcohol. Be aware of mixing diet drinks and alcohol. Research has shown that sugar substitutes may speed the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream. My preference for alcoholic drinks is clear alcohol or Aperol which is a digestif and very low in sugar.
If you have over indulged, when you return home try to drink some coconut water or Gatorade that will replace electrolytes depleted by alcohol. My suggestion, drink at least 8 oz because alcohol dehydrates the system. Try to do this the minute you arrive home.
Lastly, if you were too drunk to take precautions the night before and wake up the next morning with your head splitting open, try the coconut water or the Gatorade trick before breakfast. You should also include eggs, bananas and fruit in your morning menu. These foods can help replenish electrolytes and other substances your alcohol-ravaged body needs.
We are so excited to be giving away a beautiful sugar scrub and hydrating body mist by Clean Coconut Skincare (click here for more information.) This company was started by Registered Nurse, Wendy Pagaduan who suffered with eczema and skin conditions, however traditional medical formulas were not helping her condition. Through a tremendous amount of research combined with how her personal products, Clean Coconut Skincare was born.
Her products are organic and perfect for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Most people don’t realize how many chemicals are in traditional everyday products which make their skin conditions worse. Clean Coconut’s products are free of Fillers, Parabens, Nanoparticles, Petrochemicals, PEG, Synthetic Fragrances, Dyes, or Phenoxyethanl. These chemicals have been linked to case many health conditions and are bad you, your body and skin. Clean Coconut test their products on real people, NEVER on animals. Made in Colorado and source the world’s purest natural and organic ingredients, there motto “If they don’t put it on their skin, it won’t be in their products.”
Lime sugar scrub:
This scrub is made with coconut oil, jojoba oil, exfoliating pure cane sugar and essential oil. It is a gentle cleansing exfoliating face and body scrub. The product contains botanical & essential oils help lift away the impurities while leaving the skin smooth, soft and glowing. Since made from essential oils, it penetrates deeper into skin versus lotion which sits on the skin. Additionally, the sugar scrub is infused with vitamins C & E to aging skin.
Since made with the finest oils, Clean Coconut’s products aid with new skin cell production. Using grains of white sugar to add to the smell, the sugar is very gentle on the skin – perfect for sensitive skin, face, and lips. Each product is names for its purpose, lime being called “Jump Start”. The use of lime essential oils will brighten your mood and leave your mind and body invigorated and ready to start your day and get you moving.
Wendy encourages users to apply 2-3 times per week, however it is important to note that your skin determine the amount to apply. Just like with everything, it is important to know your skin and body in order to keep you healthy. If you do use daily, you will find you skin to be smooth, youthful and conditioned.
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The winner will be chosen at random and will be selected September 10th and contacted directly.
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Today is Women’s Equality Day, and what better way to bring awareness than by sharing this interview with Equality Now’s Global Executive Director, Yasmeen Hassan.
I had the honor to meet this inspirational woman at Blogher this past summer. It was there that she educated me on Equality Now, a human rights organization focused on the rights of women and girls worldwide. Founded 25 year ago, since the human rights community did not believe women’s rights qualify as human rights instead being labeled at “culture”.
Equality Now aimed to change that paradigm, starting to work with sexual assaults as a weapon of war. Initially seen as an unfortunate consequence of war, not as a strategy. They continued to work on female genital mutilation which was seen as a cultural practice, but now is a human right’s violation.
Today, they are work on sex trafficking and tourism, child marriage, honor crimes and everything that affects women around the world. Working with foreign governments, Equality Now creates law that not only protect women, but provides them with rights.
Although it may seem that the United States is leading the charge for Women’s Equality, according to World Economic Forum, the United States is ranked 45 out of 144 countries. Startled by this fact, I asked Hassan what she suggests both men and women in this country do to raise our ranking. Her response, “We still have yet to have a women president, there is an under representation of women in congress, corporate boards and we are a very sexist society.” She points out that we are dealing with sexual assaults in both the military, college campuses, high school and the way that our legal system deals with it is something that women should not be proud of.
It is important for women, not only today, but everyday to continue to advocate for both women’s right and equality all over the world. We must use our voices for those who cannot.
Haute and Holistic is proud that our first Shero is Yasmeen Hassan, who advocates for women around the world. Thank you for this interview. Please watch below:
If you would like to donate to Equality Now, please click here.