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09
Jul
2014

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26
May
2011

Buy A Little Bird & Help A Child To Fly

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Buy_A_Little_Bird__Help_A_Child_To_FlyOn 11 April 2011, over 100 stars from London’s top West End musicals stunned Trafalgar Square, in the centre of London with a spectacular Flash Mob in support of Love146, a non-profit organization working to abolish child sex slavery and exploitation.

 

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10
Dec
2010

Easter Seals Study Finds Living With Disabilities A Challenge For Many

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easter-seals.jpgThose of us who live in the United States often take the basics of daily adult life for granted. In most cases, we have a place to live access to transportation, money and an education that helped prepare us for the adult world.

But what happens if you’re one of the millions of American adults living with a developmental disability? How is your life different? Are the basics covered?

As a leading provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities and other special needs in the United States, Easter Seals knows how challenging life for someone living with a disability – and his/her family – can be.

The Easter Seals Living with Disabilities Study, made possible by MassMutual Financial Group, provides insight into the lives of individuals with disabilities and the everyday challenges their families face.

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23
Aug
2010

15+ Ways To Support Relief Efforts In Pakistan Today

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Susan notes: thanks to AWR fan Shazia Alam for sending me al list of links from which to develop this piece that makes it easy to support the relief efforts in Pakistan.
Here's an August 18 YouTube report courtesy of Associated Press (the list of relief agencies is below):

Dim lights

1) UNHCR

 

 

Pakistan: "Where there is a will there is a way"
uncr.png Some of the worst damage from the floods of 2010 has been to Pakistan's infrastructure. In the rugged Swat Valley, for example, 25 bridges were swept away in the first days of the crisis, leaving hundreds of thousands of people stranded without adequate supplies for up to three weeks and posing a grave challenge to the government and aid agencies attempting to reach the vulnerable... Donate to UNHCR here.

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07
Jun
2010

Pixel Project Aims To Raise USD 1 Million For Women

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Susan notes: This is a creatively cool campaign, I hope all AWR friends and fans will participate. The Pixel Project has come up with a truly innovative way to:

  1. spread awareness about violence against women,
  2. show that we need men onside to help stop the violence,
  3. raise money for the cause.

This email came to me from Pixel Project Founder Regina Yau...

pixel_project.pngThe Pixel Project is a global 501 c 3 volunteer-led nonprofit organisation working to end violence against women worldwide.

Our first flagship fundraiser is to raise US$1 million in aid of the USA’s National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Malaysia’s Women’s Aid Organisation.

We aim to do this via an online Pixel Reveal fundraiser in which a 1-million pixel mystery collage of 4 to 6 globally known Celebrity Male Role Models will be unveiled online as donors “buy” each pixel for US$1.00.

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17
May
2010

Help Get Hikers Out Of Iran

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Susan notes: this is an email from Women For A Change (WFAC).

Please Help Free Sarah Shourd, Shane and Josh, and support their mothers,

Sarah Shourd is a women's rights activist who, earlier in her career, was volunteers coordinator working to help stop the femicides in Mexico.

In the aftermath of the New Orleans Earthquake, Sarah was part of a team of volunteers helping survivors.
She later joined the Iraqi School Project in Syria, where she was teaching refugees.
for the last 290 days, she has been in Evin Prison, Iran.

We are campaigning for her release, along with that of her boyfriend Shane, and their friend Josh, who are imprisoned with her.

Sarah is in solitary confinement.

 

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09
Apr
2010

Writers Pen Stories To Help Haiti Earthquake Victims

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Posted by Sylvia Petter
April 9, 2010


Susan notes: Susan Partovi, Tania Hershman and Nuala Ni Chonchuir are all featured in an audio book containing 20 of the 100 stories from the print version. The audio book will be released by BBC Audio Books America on 15 April, 2010. Read more at the 100 Stories for Haiti blog.

100-stories-for-haiti.jpgOne week after the earthquake struck in Haiti, a young man in Denmark felt that he had to do something. So he sent out a call for writers to donate stories to a book to be sold to raise money for Haiti.

Almost 500 stories poured in and were vetted by volunteer editors; 100 were chosen. On 4 March, just six weeks after Greg McQueen had his idea, 100 Stories for Haiti was published as a paperback and as an eBook! An amazing feat! Both publishers donated their work to the 100 Stories for Haiti Project with proceeds going to the Red Cross.
 
All of the writers and editors and the two publishers are amazing for having pitched in to support the dream. But I’d like to tell you about women who participated in the project, because two-thirds of the writers were women. All very different, all three are amazing in their own ways.

First, there’s Susan Partovi an American doctor who supervises residents and students at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in California; Susan is also medical director of Homeless Health Care in Los Angeles.

Last year, Susan decided to create a rural international medical rotation scheme for 3rd year students she’d worked with in the Health Care Advocacy Group and set abut learning about Haiti and fundraising. In December Susan and her group worked in Cazale, about 30 kilometres north of Port-au-Prince. Her experience there appears in 100 Stories for Haiti. Susan came home on New Year’s Day. She returned to Haiti two weeks later. Susan’s writing up her Haiti experience, but let her tell you herself:

“I plan on writing a book that compiles my experiences pre- and post earthquake, that looks at my insecurities as a "good doctor" and good teacher because of encountering so many children dying over and over again and not being able to do anything about it. My ego is a bit rejuvenated when I return, but Haiti is the same. Haiti doesn't change. It's as ruthless as ever but the people are hopeful, as ever."
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07
Apr
2010

Banking On Change Helps Disadvantaged Indian Women Thrive

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This is a film we made in India last November. It's about a different kind of banker, and what happens when you put people before profit.

"Two-thirds of India’s population of a billion people live in the nation’s 600,000 villages. Despite India’s economic growth, the disparities between wealth and poverty are enormous. Many villagers migrate to the cities in search of work and end up begging on the streets.

South Indian bank manager J S Parthiban set out to do something to help their economic circumstances. He encouraged beggars to open bank accounts in New Delhi, and pioneered micro-loans to villagers in his home state of Tamil Nadu. This is his story—and theirs."

 
 
 
 



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29
Nov
2009

Michigan Makeovers That REALLY Make A Difference

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terry_ghal_cropped.jpgTerry Grahl, founder and president of Michigan-based Enchanted Makeovers , says it’s all about “beauty and love.”

But besides love, it takes perseverance, hard work, commitment and money to transform a dormitory for at-risk, abused and neglected adolescent girls into an environment that invites them to rebuild their lives.

Over the past year, Grahl led a team of nearly 200 volunteers and donors who contributed their time and money to a transformational project at Vista Maria, Michigan's largest private, non-profit residential and community-based treatment agency for adolescent girls.

Dozens of local Enchanted Makeovers volunteers painted, sewed, hung mirrors and inspirational signs, and installed new lighting fixtures and closet doors in 11 bedrooms. Numerous others from across the nation and around the world (some from as far away as Singapore), created beautiful handmade gifts such as slippers, dolls, stuffed animals, journals and embroidered pillowcases...

 

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24
Nov
2009

November 25 Marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

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Susan notes: this is a transcript of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's remarks at a press conference held 24 November 2009 regarding the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which has been held on November 25 for the last 10 years; the remarks were originally published in this form by ReliefWeb:

Thank you for being here today.

Today we mark the tenth anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. My commitment to this issue stems not just from my position as UN Secretary-General, but also as a son, husband, father and grandfather.

In 2008, I launched my "UNiTE to End Violence against Women" campaign. I am encouraged by the momentum that the campaign has created. Many nations have taken action. But we need to do more -- much more.

Up to 70 per cent of women, at some point in their lifetime, experience physical or sexual violence by men -- the majority from their husbands, intimate partners or someone they know. This means men have a crucial role to play in ending such violence -- as fathers, friends, decision-makers and community and opinion leaders.

Just as women's rights are human rights, women's issues are people's issues. That is why today I launched a Network of Men Leaders who will support the UNiTE campaign and act as role models for men and boys everywhere. Members of the Network will work to raise public awareness, advocate for adequate laws, and meet with young men and boys. I look forward to many more men joining the Network in the coming year.

Our Unite campaign is also bolstered by the UN Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women. The Fund is administered by UNIFEM on behalf of the UN system. I am happy to announce that the Trust Fund will award $10.5 million to 13 initiatives in 18 countries and territories. These funds will support Governments, NGOs, and UN country teams address sexual abuse, sexual violence in conflict, the intersection of violence against women and HIV/AIDS, female genital mutilation and trafficking.

My UNiTE campaign seeks to raise $100 million annually for the UN Trust Fund by 2015. I call on the international community to support this effort. The people who are here today have taken a real leadership role in ending violence against women. I thank them for their commitment and engagement. And I look forward to working with everyone on this crucial global issue.

Thank you.

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17
Nov
2009

Say No To Violence Against Women

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Click on "Say NO" to add your name to the global call to action.

 


Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women is a global call for action, launched in November 2009, on ending violence against women and girls. It is presented by UNIFEM as a contribution to advance the objectives of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women through social mobilization. UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman is the Spokesperson of Say NO.

Based on country data available, up to 70 per cent of women experience physical or sexual violence from men in their life-time. It happens everywhere – at home and at work, on the streets and in schools, during peacetime and in conflict. Violence against women and girls has far- reaching consequences, harming families and communities, stunting human development, and undermining economic growth. Everyone has a role to play in combating this global pandemic; the time to act together is NOW.

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05
Oct
2009

Plan's Worldwide "Because I'm A Girl" Campaign Needs Our Support

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Because women are still considered secondary earners, they're often the first to lose their jobs in a downturn. In the Philippines, for example, it's estimated that 7 out of 10 workers laid off because of the financial crisis are women.

That's just in the "formal" sector — official jobs in offices and factories. Many more young women are employed as domestics or piece-rate home workers — precarious jobs that vanish in tough economic times. Many families are dependent on the money sent home by young women who have migrated to wealthier countries to take jobs as nannies or caregivers. Overseas workers contributed $14.5 billion to the Philippine economy in 2007. Those jobs quickly disappear when employers are laid off themselves or need to cut back.

When money is short, it's the girls who are taken out of school and put to work.When jobs are scarce, unfortunately they're highly likely to end up in the sex trade.

 

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13
Sep
2009

About Kids Being Kids: Afghanistan

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natalie_carney__afghan_orphans.pngKids Being Kids: Afghanistan is a Dubai-based charity organization aimed at helping the orphaned children of Afghanistan. Following nearly three decades of war and atrocities throughout the country, it's the helpless, innocent children that continue to suffer.

According to international organizations, there are currently more than two million orphaned children in Afghanistan. About 700,000 of these live in sub-poverty conditions! Meanwhile, it is estimated that nearly 30,000 children live on the streets of the capital Kabul alone.

Afghanistan presents a sharp contrast to the United Arab Emirates. The UAE has given its youth and many expatriates great opportunities to establish prosperous futures. After her travels to Afghanistan, Natalie Carney (pictured above), realized that the same ideals should and could be applied to children in Afghanistan with the help and support of UAE residents.

Her aim is to simply re-direct the excess; a “re-balancing act” as she calls it.

The Beginning

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18
Aug
2009

Support The International Violence Against Women Act

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Susan notes: received August 18, 2009, from Amnesty International.

Dear Susan,

Right now, young girls are being sold into unwanted marriages to pay their fathers' debts. Their sisters are raped by rebel bands as a tool of war. And their mothers are beaten by husbands in retribution for daring to seek basic education such as the ability to read.

The United States could be doing more to combat rape in conflict, high rates of domestic violence around the world, human trafficking, and other forms of violence against women.

But the comprehensive legislation that would make fighting violence against women a priority for US foreign policy and give the State Department Office for Global Women's Issues the force of law is still missing.

Help us add 5,000 signatures to our petition urging President Obama and Vice President Biden to actively support the re-introduction and passage of I-VAWA this fall.

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