The other side of Immigration and why feminists should care

In America, some years ago, thousands of people gathered on the National Mall to demand comprehensive immigration reform from the Obama Administration. Now with Trump on the throne, things seem only to get worse. Anyway, this rally was not covered very extensively in the press as most focus was on the historic vote on health care reform at that time. So let’s check out the other side of Immigration and why feminists should care.

Regardless of the unfortunate timing, folks from around the U.S. had converged to show their support of a change to the broken immigration system. Those demanding change cited the separation of families, the backlogs in legal applications, and the exploitation of immigrant workers.

But why should feminists care about immigration, even now when under President Trump, more and more children seem to have lost contact with their mothers at all…!?

As with most rallies and marches, a lot of grand rhetoric and sweeping comments served to stoke the crowd and give fodder to the news headlines the next day. I believe that can be effective on a grand scale, but my personal connection between equality for women and equality for immigrants lies in the quiet life of one woman.

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The VISION Project

VISION is a Non-governmental, Non-political, secular Voluntary Organization. Its primary objectives are to spread education, improve health care and implement livelihood programs. The VISION Project has been playing an active role through networking with social activists on issues related to welfare and development. See also this video about the irrigation project in the Kalahandi District:

“Visionaries for Integrated Social Initiatives Of Network (VISION)” besides being a Non-political, Non-profit-making voluntary organization is wholeheartedly dedicated to the symphonies, harmonious development of the downtrodden and needy people, their pristine culture and living standard.

It held its birth in 1998-99 with the sincere, unceasing, uncompromising commitment and efforts of a group of youths. VISION, basically working in the health and socio-economic sector. In adding to it, VISION aspires for the upliftment of the downtrodden and weaker sections and other activities on a broader scale in Kalahandi District.

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Find A Powerful Female Mentor!

According to a study from Catalyst, 65 percent of women who were mentored became mentors themselves. Youth.gov also claims that mentorship leads to higher college enrollment rates, improves interpersonal skills and decreases the likelihood of using drugs and alcohol. But there are good reasons why you should find a powerful female mentor!

Finding a female mentor who is in your corner rallying for your success motivates you to set goals, understand challenges and embrace the diversity of women in the workforce. Here are some insights into the power of female mentors and how to find one:

Learn to Take Calculated Risks

Former First Lady Michelle Obama credits her mentor as someone who encouraged her to take chances. She tells More Magazine that her mentor was a single mom who inspired her to open a daycare program for some of her faculty members’ and staff members’ children while at Princeton.

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The Miracle of Creativity in the Woman Artist

Women artists gifted with the tool of creativity frequently have extended lives, remain in good health to the end, and experience a blessed sense of fulfillment. There is nothing like being a creative artist to enable us to experience life’s blessings all of our days. This is about the miracle of Creativity in the woman artist. Expressing creativity is the closest humanity can come to the Fountain of Youth.

The great Georgia O’Keeffe was born on November 15, 1887, and has been a major figure in American art since the 1920s. She worked successfully and prolifically for over 50 years, but by the early 1970s, her eyesight was eroded by macular degeneration.

Nevertheless, she did not abandon art, but turned instead to working with clay and to writing her autobiography, as well as making a video, Georgia O’Keeffe. She worked unassisted in watercolor and charcoal until 1978 and in graphite until 1984 when she reached the advanced age of 96. She died at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Santa Fe on March 6, 1986, at the age of 98.

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Parents of a deaf child share their stories

My daughter, Alicia, was born deaf but not diagnosed until 18 months. At that time she was found to have a severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss and was fitted with two hearing aids. The hearing aids gave her some usable hearing, and we quickly plunged into the world of special education, total communication, and hundreds of other experiences we could never have imagined. So let’s listen to how parents of a deaf child share their stories.

At age 6 it was determined that Alicia’s right ear was “dead,” not able to process sound at all. She was fitted at that time with a programmable hearing aid, and what followed was a wonderful year of hearing at a much-improved level. Throughout this time Alicia was mainstreamed into a regular classroom at our neighborhood school. In April of 2012 Alicia experience a sudden, unexplained drop in her hearing. Even with her hearing aid, she was no longer able to hear most of the sounds she had for the last year.

We have always presented Alicia with a total communication setting. She has been exposed to sign and voice from the very beginning and has for the most part chosen to be an oral child. She seemed to realize from a very early age that if she signed to most people, they were not going to know what it was she wanted. Receptively, she has relied on sign-in the classroom and we have always used it as a backup for times when she was unable to understand the verbal communication.

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Are Women Allowed To Drive In Saudi Arabia Now?

Saudi women rebelling!!”, “ Saudi women being treated as second-class citizens for they are being banned from driving”, “Saudi female Manal Al-Sharif arrested for driving by the conservative Saudi government”….. These are the results that flashed through my computer screen when I punched “Saudi Women Driving” or “Women Driving in Saudi”. Since recently, (some) women are allowed to drive, but I actually wanted to know the whole truth behind the issue of the Saudi women and driving and see for myself what the hue and cry is all about!!!

Honestly speaking I know many Saudi females who do drive their cars uninterrupted in Saudi; but they are being subjected to drive only in restricted compound type zones. But do you think it’s just, I mean come on, driving is no more a hobby but a necessity, especially in these days of disappearing Saudi journalists…

Moreover, the problem is just piling up with an increasing growth of professional Saudi females. There is an emergence of females’ participation in various professional sectors like banks, academics, medical, IT and so forth. No longer are the beautiful Saudi females considered as the dainty decked up dolls with only family and home in their agenda but now they are establishing themselves in the professional sectors and are doing really good there.

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To Speak Softly or Roar Loudly – That is the question

Women, did you want a paycheck during the most recent recession? You’d better use a gentle tone; your job was on the line. Want your rights? Speak softly (and give the big stick to the man sitting next to you). So to speak softly or roar loudly – that is the question!

Between the weekend’s Jobs section of the New York Times and a mid-week discussion over lunch with Suraya Pakzad, a strident women’s rights activist in Afghanistan, I got the message loud and clear: if women want to be heard, we need to watch our words. Our lives (and livelihood) depend on it.

As most people know, in the United States, women comprise a majority of the workforce. Yet according to a recent Corporate Gender Gap Report by the World Economic Forum, “women employees are usually concentrated in middle-level or even entry positions and remain still hard to find in board or senior management positions in most industries and countries… barriers to women in top jobs included a ‘lack of role models.’ Others included the ‘general norms and cultural practices’ and ‘masculine or patriarchal corporate culture.’

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The Art Of Calligraphy

Calligraphy is often considered more of an art form than simple letters on a page. It is usually best for formal invitations, official documents, and even works of art. If you are interested in learning calligraphy, you should know the basic tools you will need, as well as techniques that are most often used. I wrote this post to set some sorority young student on a career path that may be unusual, but pretty interesting! So let’s check out the Art of Calligraphy.

 

Calligraphy Pens

The essential tool for this art form is the pen, and there are many options when it comes to this. You can use a cartridge pen, which lets you change out nibs. Wider nibs are creating larger letters, whereas narrower nibs will be resulting in smaller print. With a cartridge pen, you can also switch out the ink, allowing you to change colors whenever you want. You can also choose a dip pen, which is exactly what it sounds like — a pen that you dip into a small pot of ink when you want to write.

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Operation Get Serious!

First off, I want to make it aware that this is the first time in a long time that I’ve blogged again. Yes, please go ahead and stand on your toes and give me a round of applause, I surely deserve it! This is Operation Get Serious!

It’s not like I have anything major to talk about, but I did say once I found out more about the government honors thing I’d tell you all about it. So, yeah. Today, I and a bunch of others who were nominated received a pass to go to the counselor’s office instead of the last period of the day.

I was angry because I had a test to take in that class, but it turned out I didn’t have to take that test. Anyway, we all met in the faculty dining room. The lady told us what it was all about and it’s a very good thing to be a part of I must say and it will get me for a couple of weeks across the pond. Look out America, here I come!

So basically GHP or should I say the Government Honors Program is when teachers nominate select students based on academic achievement, passion for a particular subject and everything of the like. Now, typically it’s expected that you get nominated for one subject. Fortunately, I was nominated for three subjects: English (Literature), Science (Chemistry) and History.

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Looking for Odd Jobs in Britain – Professional Mourner

So you’ve completed your academic education. You’ve earned your degree! And what now… Why not be a professional mourner?  It’s not hard. All you need to be able to do is turn on the waterworks and convince everyone else you are beside yourself with grief now that this excellent person has departed the mortal coil.

Professional mourning has a distinguished history and is practiced all over the world. In Britain, according to John Walsh in a well-respected newspaper (associated with The Independent), witchy women attended funerals of strangers  to “wail over the body in an open coffin.” This happened routinely when Walsh’s Irish forbears on the Atlantic coast signed them up to perform this important and edifying task. These ladies were known as “keeners.”  Sometimes, the distraught widow would comfort herself with a small dram of tipple well away from the mad cacophony.

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