Monthly Archives: February 2016

How would you make the world a better place for others if you were given US$1000?

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To enter, you will need at least one photo of yourself and one that showcases your idea for a Better. You can also upload a third image plus a video in your entry. Enter your project idea by February 29th. As you look for your project idea, think about the communities that you’re a part of and the people that you know. Your idea should be selfless, ideally benefit as many people as possible and have the potential for lasting change, inspiring others to make the world a better place.

Chain of Betters continues in the Philippines returning a critical source of income to the people of Cavite village.

WESTERN UNION CHAIN OF BETTERS
Edward from Cavite village in the Philippines came up with an idea to build an artificial reef and encourage fish to return to the ecosystem once destroyed by the poachers. With the money we sent him, his plan now slowly but surely brings life back into the sea and to the community as a whole.
C H A I N – O F – B E T T E R S
There’s more new stories for you to discover each month as our competition continues on www.chainofbetters.com
We believe that better things happen when money moves, so let’s do more good around the world. Submit your idea on how you would make the world a better place for others if you were given US$1000?*

Are you Ready? It’s Coming March 1st. #Africa4her

yali_56d35510c6c128.03740416Investing in women and girls is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do. That’s because each action you take to increase a woman’s access to equal opportunity in the workplace, to let girls learn, and to eliminate gender-based violence benefits your community, country, and continent.

On March 1st the YALI Network will again turn its attention to #Africa4Her, a Network-wide initiative to spur awareness and positive action around the issues that keep women and girls from reaching their full potential. Over the coming weeks, YALI Network members can show their support for #Africa4Her by engaging in the activities we’ve outlined for the campaign.

Visit yali.state.gov/4her to pledge and learn what you can do throughout the campaign:

  • On March 1 start by pledging to invest in women and girls in your community. Once you make your pledge you will receive a personalized graphic with your name and pledge to share with your friends on your social media platforms.
  • On March 2 at 13:30 UTC join the conversation with a Twitter #YALICHAT with the Ambassador-at-Large for global women’s issues, Cathy Russell! Start asking questions today by tweeting at @YALINetwork using #YALICHAT and #Africa4Her.
  • Get inspired with the young African leaders at YALICreatives and submit, photos, art, videos or music that help tell a story of inspiring women and girls or individuals working with them in your community. Find more information at yalicreatives.com/africa4her/.
     
  • Later on this month, take our new YALI Network Online Course, Understanding the Human Rights of Women and Girls and earn a certificate. Once you have taken the course go out and educate your community by hosting a #YALILearns event and then tell us about it here.

There are more than 220,000 young African leaders in the YALI Network. Imagine the impact you could have on your community, your country and your continent if every one of you took an action to empower women and girls.

I look forward to pledging with you on March 1st!

Around the world a woman is killed every 90 minutes in an honour crime.

For marrying the man she loved, Saba’s father shot her in the head, stuffed her in a bag and dumped her in a river, and Pakistani law on “honour killings” allowed him to walk away free! But Saba survived, and her story is now an Oscar-nominated documentary. With the Oscars 4 days away, the Pakistani Prime Minister has promised to change the law, but activists fear it won’t happen without a massive surge of global pressure. Sign the petition to end this hideous law and share now before we lose this moment:

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For marrying the man she loved, Saba’s own father shot her in the head, stuffed her in a bag, and dumped her in a river. Then he walked free because of a loophole in Pakistani law that allows men to commit so-called “honour killings”. But, incredibly, Saba survived and she has created a ray of hope to finally stop these outrages! We have four days to help her.

Saba’s story is now an Oscar-nominated documentary, and it’s all over the news. In response, the Pakistani PM just promised to end these heinous crimes, and sources say he’s instructed his daughter Maryam to be part of the reform process. But activists fear that the bill will only be passed if the Oscar buzz is massive and public pressure is sustained.

Let’s urgently get 1 million of us behind this law before the Oscars on Sunday to ensure Saba’s story has the global spotlight, and then deliver it directly to the Prime Minister to help him push for a strong law. Sign and share with everyone, before we lose this moment:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/pakistan_end_honour_killing_loc/?bxSAobb&v=73317&cl=9549779427

Around the world a woman is killed every 90 minutes in an honour crime. Although Pakistan passed a law in 2004 against these murders, 70% of perpetrators in Pakistan walk free because of a “forgiveness” loophole in the law. If a woman is seen to bring “shame” on her family by refusing to enter an arranged marriage, looking too long at a boy, or even being raped, a man is free to kill her as long as another family member forgives him! There is a nobility in communities that value and protect their honour. But these killings are not about honour, they are about seeing women as property. And the forgiveness loophole protects that right to own and kill women and girls.

A bill was tabled to eliminate this “forgiveness” clause, but it died without a powerful member of the ruling party to champion it. The Prime Minister, who has never before acted on this, has promised legal reforms to stop these crimes and involved his daughter, who is considered the heir to her father’s political party. But there will be push-back and experts say only global attention can give Saba, Maryam, and women’s rights activists across Pakistan the backing they need to change the system.

We have four days to make sure the Pakistani Parliament feels the world is watching and we won’t go away until “forgiveness” for honour killings is finally removed from Pakistan’s law. Let’s make sure attention to Saba’s story at the Oscars is massive, and then take our call to Pakistan. Sign and share now to get the word out everywhere:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/pakistan_end_honour_killing_loc/?bxSAobb&v=73317&cl=9549779427

We can make it happen. When Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban, the world was outraged. In response, nearly 1 million of us called on the Pakistani government to fulfill her dream of education for all. After our petition was delivered directly to the Pakistani President, he launched a stipend programme for 3 million children. This is what happens when we come together! Let’s stand with the brave women of Pakistan now to help them create laws that protect them, cultures that defend their dignity, and communities that support their right to choose their own destinies.
MORE INFORMATION:
Human rights group reports rise in ‘honour killings’ in Pakistan (UPI)
http://www.upi.com/UPI-Next/2015/06/25/Human-rights-group-reports-rise-in-honor-killings-in-Pakistan/51429857038598/

Her father shot her in the head as an ‘honour’ killing (New York Times)
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/01/31/opinion/sunday/her-father-shot-her-in-the-head-as-an-honor-killing.html?_r=0&referer=https://www.google.com/

Crime and punishment in Pakistan (Vice News)
https://news.vice.com/video/crime-and-punishment-in-pakistan-extra-scene-from-the-kohistan-story-killing-for-honor

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif terms honour killing a ‘stain on country’ (NDTV)
http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/pakistan-pm-nawaz-sharif-terms-honour-killing-a-stain-on-country-1277658

PM Nawaz Sharif vows to eradicate honour killings after Oscar nod (The Express Tribune)
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1027967/pm-nawaz-vows-to-eradicate-honour-killings-after-oscar-nod/

Senate unanimously passes 3 rights bills (The Nation)
http://nation.com.pk/national/03-Mar-2015/senate-unanimously-passes-3-rights-bills

The case of Saba Qaiser and the film-maker determined to put an end to ‘honour’ killings (Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/feb/14/sharmeen-obaid-chinoy-interview-saba-qaiser-honour-killing-documentary-girl-river-oscar-nomination

Take action against so-called “honor killings”

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Killed by her family for going against their wishes to marry the man of her choosing.

Murdered at the hands of relatives for having been raped.

These rationales for horrifying injustice exist today and are major threats for women where so-called “honor killings” occur.

The global community needs to address violence against women head on.

Tell President Obama: Make a statement expressing concern for the safety of women worldwide, including those subjected to harmful practices such as so-called “honor killings.”

In many places, a woman’s identity and her family’s sense of social respect and worth is measured by her submission to family demands—so she is further at risk when making choices against family wishes.

Because these murders are often committed by relatives, they consistently are crimes that happen in the privacy of the home.

It is time to shine a light on abuses like these and to denounce violence against women globally in both word and action.

Call on President Obama to condemn violence against women on March 8, International Women’s Rights Day.

We must join together as a global community to challenge violence against women, including physical and sexual violence, and harmful practices such as so-called “honor killings”, domestic violence, rape, female genital cutting, and human trafficking.

On March 8, International Women’s Rights Day, we again have the opportunity to elevate women’s safety worldwide and denounce violence against women.

Take action today.

Funding Opportunities – Free Cash for February 2016

Letter of intent due Feb 8. The Department of Health & Human Services has announced a new funding opportunity to test systematic approaches to identifying and addressing health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid
beneficiaries. The Accountable Health Communities Model will support up to 44 bridge organizations to test three scalable approaches. Funds for this model cannot be used to pay directly or indirectly for any community services received by beneficiaries as a result of their participation in this project. Applications must be submitted electronically no later than 1:00 p.m. EST on March 31, 2016. Details at https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2016-Fact-sheets-items/2016-01-05.html

Transitional housing funds for domestic violence victims offered by Department of Justice. Nonprofits, local and state governments, PHAs, and tribal entities are eligible for grants to provide transitional housing, short-term housing assistance, and related support services for survivors. Apply by February 24. Contact DOJ staff, 202-307-6026.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) providers, grant renewal opportunities. VA making $300 million avail- able for existing SSVF grantees. Details at http://www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf/index.asp

Supportive Summary
The Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL) believes that every individual has the right to live a healthy, happy, and productive life in a community that is free from all barriers. We can help you achieve or maintain your independence through many of our supportive services and programs, including our four core services: Information and Referral, Peer Support, Advocacy, and Independent Living Skills. For more information, visit http://www.lvcil.org/ .

For people with disabilities, assistive technology can be vital to achieving independence. The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) offers affordable options for people with disabilities and older adults to acquire assistive technology through provision of low interest loan and mini grant programs. The foundation can offer assistance to individuals in Pennsylvania regardless of disability diagnosis, age of onset, county of residence, age, or income level as long as they are willing and able to repay a loan. For more information, visit http://patf.us/. You can also contact LVCIL Community Support coordinator Rebecca Strobel at 610-770-9781 ext. 153 or rebeccas-trobel@lvcil.org

HAP’s Veterans Project is the only legal assistance program in Philadelphia that specifically targets homeless veterans. For more information: http://homelessadvocacyproject.org/veterans-project.html

Know of anyone homeless and in need of Legal Help? For the Philadelphia area a visit: http://homelessadvocacyproject.org/legal- services.html

Free Health Screenings and Information available to all those that have served in the U.S. Military, all health fairs run from 10 am to 2 pm. Various locations: 4/19 Wellsboro Armory Shumway Hill Rd Wellsboro, Pa; 4/20 Muncy Valley Legion, 1433 Champion Hill Rd Muncy Valley, Pa; 4/21 Towanda American Legion, Main St Towanda, Pa; 4/22 Hallstead American Legion, New York Ave Hallstead, Pa. Come check out what is available from vendors. For more information or to find out about free transportation to these events, please call Tiffani at 1-800-982-4346. This event is open to any age.

2016 HUD Healthy Homes Award The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD), in partnership with the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), announces the annual Secretary’s Awards for Healthy Homes. The award will recognize excellence in healthy housing innovation and achievement in three categories: Public Housing/Multifamily Housing, Policy and
Research Innovation, and Cross Program Coordination among health, environment, and housing. The activities or policies nominated must show measurable benefits in the health of residents and be available to low- and/or moderate-income families.
Applications due February 29, 2016. Details and application at http://neha.org/hud-award-healthy-homes

Locations for free tax preparation for low- to moderate-income individuals and families. Taxes are prepared by IRS certified volunteers. For locations in Mifflin & Juniata counties go to
https://www.uwcr.org/images/pdf/ miyp_flyer_miff-jun.pdf . Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry Counties
go to https://www.uwcr.org/images/pdf/ miyp_site_flyer.pdf . Looking for sites in the Philly area go to http://www.cwfphilly.org/#!pennsylvania-locations/c18ml . Locations in Pitts- burgh at https://uwswpa.org/money-in-your-pocket-coalition-resources/

Online self-preparation through www.MyFreeTaxes.com submits your federal and state tax forms if you made $62,000 or less. Instructions and website at http://uwlanc.org/ MyFreeTaxesInstructions You will need to fill out and submit your local tax forms separately and can obtain a printed form by calling 717-569-4521 or file online at http:// lctcb.localtaxonline.org/.