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Sikh Children in US Schools Targets of Hate

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Voters In Maldives Exhale As President Concedes Loss

first_imgThe Maldives’ Elections Commission on Monday declared a resounding presidential election victory for the opposition candidate, and after hours of tense waiting the country’s authoritarian incumbent conceded defeat.The opposition candidate, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, won more than 58 percent of the ballots cast in an election with almost a 90 percent turnout among eligible voters, according to the Elections Commission’s Twitter account.But in a country with a brief but painful history of derailed democracy, the silence by President Abdulla Yameen, stretching for hours after Sunday night, had left many worried. The Supreme Court annulled a previous presidential election, and Yameen has put pressure on the judiciary to jail opponents in the past.Yameen finally conceded defeat Monday afternoon at a news conference. “Yesterday, the Maldivian people decided what they want,” Yameen said. “I have accepted the results since yesterday. Earlier today, I met with Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, whom the Maldivian people have chosen to be their next president, and I congratulated him.”While the opposition painted Sunday’s election as a final stand to preserve the Maldives’ nascent democracy — just a decade old — the vote was also seen as a critical referendum at a time when the archipelago nation has been caught between the influence of China, on one hand, and of India and the West on the other.The islands of the Maldives divide the Indian Ocean from the Arabian Sea, sitting along global trade routes crucial to China’s ambitions to expand its naval and commercial routes. China has spent up to $2 billion on infrastructure and other projects in the Maldives; the opposition and Western and Indian diplomats have warned that a growing dependence on China could threaten to the Maldives’ sovereignty.But Solih’s win will probably not roll back Chinese influence here. India and the United States have been unable to match China’s spending across South Asia as part of its Belt and Road Initiative, which Beijing says will secure commercial interests but which skeptics say will also expand its global military footprint.Instead, Solih has signaled that he will try to hedge between global powers and restore the warm ties the country once shared with India, which has watched China’s rise in the region with concern. In the past, the opposition leader has promised to strengthen relations with neighboring countries to preserve security in the Indian Ocean.Solih pledged this month to restore democratic freedoms if he won, including rolling back the anti-defamation act that Yameen introduced as a tool for locking up opponents. Solih also promised to investigate the 2014 disappearance of Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla, a prominent journalist critical of the governing party.On Sunday, voters turned out in vast numbers, waiting in long lines for hours.The streets of Malé, the capital island, were adorned with flags and banners of pink and yellow, the colors of the governing and opposition parties. The election had an almost carnivallike atmosphere, with voters exiting polling sites to take selfies and posing for pictures showing their fingers dipped in ink.“I think we are still voting for freedom, to get freedom,” said Hussain Rasheed, a 53-year-old diver, as he proudly displayed a finger stained with voting ink outside a polling center. “We can’t get justice without freedom. In hundreds of years of this country, we haven’t really got justice.”But the nation held its breath Monday waiting for Yameen to concede. In the 2013 presidential election, the Supreme Court stepped in to annul the first round and delayed later rounds. Many worried this time that Yameen might pressure the judiciary to do it again or to use security forces to declare military rule.Still, such a clear and publicly announced defeat could make it difficult for Yameen to sway the military, especially given that the jailed former president and opposition figure Maumoon Abdul Gayoom is said to still command respect within the security forces.The election in the Maldives is the latest in a region where China’s spending and influence have been a hot-button topic.In Sri Lanka in 2015, the opposition ran and won on an anti-Chinese platform. And in Malaysia this summer, the former government lost the race in part because of corruption concerns revolving around Chinese government-funded projects. Malaysia’s new government has put on hold some of those projects, saying the costs were inflated or they made little economic sense.“Most of the region’s elections have run on domestic issues; it’s not all about Chinese investments,” said Dhruva Jaishankar, a fellow at the Brookings Institution’s India branch. “But it has featured in many of these elections.”He added: “The one thing these countries all have in common, if you look at their proportion of foreign investments, it’s overwhelmingly Chinese as opposed to more of a balance. So this suggests that there is a backlash over being too economically overdependent on China. But this doesn’t mean China will no longer play a role. Its influence and spending is hard to match.”c.2018 New York Times News Service Related ItemsMaldiveslast_img read more

A Touch Of India With Daniel Boulud

first_imgHe was named America’s Outstanding Restaurateur and Best Chef in 2006 by the prestigious James Beard Foundation. In fact, Daniel Boulud is a name gourmands are almost reverential about, owning as he does the highly rated Daniel in New York City, which is regarded as one of the best in the world. He also owns DB Bistro Moderne and Café Boulud in New York, Café Boulud in Palm Beach and Daniel Boulud Brasserie in Las Vegas. Boulud, a master French chef from Lyons, has just published a cookbook Braise (HarperCollins), written with Melissa Clark, in which he takes a journey through international cuisine and also explores Indian spices and techniques. In this book he did not want to limit himself just to French or European cooking: “I wanted to include influences, ingredients and combinations hreflecting a global perspective” As he points out, he has cooks of every nationality in his restaurants, and one of the traditions he has is to ask the new cook to make something from his home country for the rest of the staff. And so some of the research begins right in the kitchen at Daniel. “It was through such meals that I realized the French may not always be right about the presentation of green vegetables,” he writes. “The challenge for a French chef is to keep greens as bright hued as possible during cooking. But after sampling an authentic Indian lamb curry made by an Indian cook, I realized that focusing on appearance may not always be best for the flavor of the greens. This lamb dish made with spinach and mustard greens was khaki colored because of the addition of yogurt (the acid in the yogurt browns the greens) and because the dish had been braised for a long time. But the flavor was phenomenally deep and rich.” You get the Daniel take on Indian food in the Indian inspired Shrimp with Zucchini, Onions, Coconut and Tamarind. As Boulud points out, “In its natural state tamarind has the kind of tart, complex flavors that balance sweetness in a dish. It gives a dimension similar to what you get from reducing wine.” Besides yogurt and mint, the recipe also uses Indian spices like ajwain, curry leaves and turmeric.The book also contains recipes for Royal Shoulder of Lamb with Saffron, Raisins and Pistachios, based on Mughal cuisine; Cardamom Spiced Coconut Lamb; and even Lamb Shanks Rogan Josh. There’s also a hrefreshing recipe for Mint and Ajwain Pancakes.Indians use the ubiquitous eggplant copiously in main dishes but who would have thought you could create a gourmet dessert using this unsexy vegetable? Boulud daringly makes this possible in Sweet Eggplant with Pistachios. He says “The grape and pomegranate juices add fruitiness, while the nuts, toasted brioche, butter and spices enrich the mixture, which you wouldn’t necessarily guess contains eggplant unless you look for it. Your guests certainly won’t have tasted anything like it!” Looks like our homely baigan has become a culinary star!Lamb Shank Rogan JoshMakes 6 servings12 green cardamom pods2 3-inch cinnamon sticks10 black peppercorns10 white peppercorns3 whole allspice2 tablespoons Indian paprika or sweet Hungarian paprika (TK sidebar)1 tablespoon salt1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds1 teaspoon coriander seeds1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper2 cloves1 dried bay leaf6 lamb shanks, 3/4 to 1 pound each, ask the butcher to trim the bone from the back legs5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil1 red bell pepper (about 6 ounces), stem and seeds removed,  chopped6 garlic cloves1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger (from one 2 1/2-inch piece of fresh ginger root)2 red bell peppers (about 3/4 pound), stem and seeds removed, halved lengthwise then sliced crosswise into 1/4-inch strips2 medium onions (about 3/4 pound), halved lengthwise then sliced crosswise 1/4-inch thick1/2 teaspoon garam masala (see sidebar)1. Finely grind the cardamom, cinnamon, black and white peppercorns, allspice, paprika, salt, cumin, coriander, cayenne, cloves, and bay leaf in a spice grinder or clean coffee grinder.  Rub the shanks with 2 tablespoons olive oil and then with this spice mixture.  Wrap in plastic and let marinate in the hrefrigerator overnight.2. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade, blend 1/3 cup water with the diced red bell pepper, garlic, yogurt, and ginger until smooth.  Set aside.3. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 300°F.  Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan and keep at a slow steady simmer.4. Warm the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a 7-quart cast-iron pot over medium-high heat.  Add the shanks to the pot and sear, (moderate the heat and turn the meat so that the spices do not burn) until golden brown on all sides, 10 to 15 minutes.  Transfer the lamb to a plate. Add the sliced red bell peppers and onions to the pan and cook, stirring, until the vegetables begin to soften but do not brown, 5 minutes.  Return the browned lamb to the pot, stir in half of the red bell pepper-yogurt mixture and sprinkle the garam masala over all.  Pour in the hot water and bring to a boil.  Cover and bake for 2 hours, basting every 30 minutes.  Stir in the remaining sauce and bake for another 30 to 45 minutes.  SWEET EGGPLANTMakes 4 to 6 servings2 pounds Japanese or regular eggplant, trimmed, and cut into 1/4-inch cubes2 cups grape juice1/2 cup pomegranate juice1/4 cup granulated sugar2 tablespoons light brown sugar1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped6 tablespoons unsalted butter1 cup diced, crustless brioche1/4 cup pomegranate molasses1/3 cup chopped, peeled hazelnuts1/3 cup diced ginger confit1/3 cup chopped pistachios2 teaspoons honey1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamonPinch of ground cloves1. Put the eggplants into a large mixing bowl.  In a medium saucepan, bring the grape juice, pomegranate juice, granulated sugar, light brown sugar and vanilla bean seeds and pod to the boil.  Pour the hot syrup over the eggplant, cover, and refrigerate overnight.2. The next day, center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 275°F.3. In a mixing bowl, combine the brioche, 4 tablespoons melted butter, pomegranate molasses, hazelnuts, ginger confit, pistachios, honey, cinnamon, and cloves.4. Drain the eggplants, reserving the marinade.  In a 3-quart cast-iron pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat.  Add the drained eggplant and saute until caramelized, 5 to 10 minutes.  Pour over the reserved marinade.  Sprinkle the brioche crust over the eggplant, cover with a buttered parchment round and bake for 1 hour.  Remove the parchment paper and continue to bake for 10 to 15  minutes until the crust is light golden brown. Related Itemslast_img read more

Homosexuality And The Indian

first_imgIn India, except for a few people belonging to the English-speaking elite in metropolitan centers, mostly in the higher echelons of advertising, fashion, design, fine and performing arts, men (and women) with same-sex-partners neither identify themselves as homosexuals nor admit their sexual preference, often even to themselves. Many men – some married – have had or continue to have sex with other men; but only a miniscule minority are willing to recognize themselves as homosexual.The assertion that there are hardly any homosexuals in India and yet there is considerable same-sex-involvement seems contradictory, yet simple to reconcile. Sex between men, especially among friends or within the family during adolescence and youth, is not regarded as sex, but masti, an exciting, erotic playfulness, with overtones of the mast elephant in heat.Outside male friendship, it is a way to satisfy an urgent bodily need or, for some, to make money. Sex, on the other hand, is the serious business of procreation within marriage. Almost all men who have sex with other men will get married even if many continue to have sex with men after marriage. Sexual relations with men are not a source of conflict as long as the person believes he is not a homosexual in the sense of having an exclusive preference for men and does not compromise his masculine identity by not marrying and hrefusing to produce children.As a recent study (Asthana & Oostvogels) tells us, “Even effeminate men who have a strong desire for receiving penetrative sex are likely to consider their role as husbands and fathers to be more important in their self-identification than their homosexual behavior.” The cultural ideology that strongly links sexual identity with the ability to marry and procreate does indeed lessen the conflict around homosexual behavior. Yet for many it also serves the function of masking their sexual orientation, of denying them the possibility of an essential aspect of self knowledge. Those with a genuine homosexual orientation subconsciously feel compelled to maintain an emotional distance in their homosexual encounters and thus struggle against the search for love and intimacy which, besides the press of sexual desire, motivated these encounters in the first place.The “homosexual denial,” as some might call it, is facilitated by Indian culture in many ways. A man’s behavior has to be really flagrant, such as that of the cross-dressing hijras to excite interest or warrant comment. Some find elaborate cultural defenses to deny their homosexual orientation. The gay activist Ashok Row Kavi tells us about the dhurrati panthis, men who have sex with other men because the semen inside them makes them twice as manly and capable of really satisfying their wives. Then there are the komat panthis who like to give oral sex, but will not let themselves be touched. Some of these men are revered teachers, “gurus,” in body building gymnasiums, who believe they will become exceptionally powerful by performing oral sex on younger men. Both will be horrified to be called homosexual.  In general, classical Hinduism is significantly silent on the subject of homoeroticism. In contrast to the modern notion of homosexuality, which is defined by a preference for a partner of the same sex, queerness in ancient India was determined by atypical sexual or gender behavior. Some of our contemporary attitudes towards homosexuality go back in time to ancient India, where it was the homosexual (but not homosexual activity) who evoked society’s scorn. As in several other societies, such as in Middle East and Latin America, the active partner in a homoerotic encounter was not stigmatized as much as the passive partner. It was what you did, whether you were active or passive, and not with whom you did it (man or woman) that defined acceptability. The Kamasutra’s man-about-town who uses the masseur’s mouth for sexual pleasure is thus not considered “queer”; the masseur is.Actually, in classical India, the disparagement for the homosexual was not devoid of compassion. The homosexual belonged to a deficient class of men called kliba in Sanskrit, deficient because he is unable to produce male offspring. The word (which has traditionally been translated as eunuch, but almost certainly did not mean eunuch) was a catch-all term to include someone who was sterile, impotent, castrated, a transvestite, a man who had oral sex with other men, who had anal sex as a recipient, a man with mutilated or deficient sexual organs, a man who produced only female children, or, finally, a hermaphrodite. In short, kliba is a term traditional Hindus coined to describe a man who is in their terms sexually dysfunctional (or in ours, sexually challenged). Kliba is not a term that exists any longer, but some of its remnant – the perception of a deficiency, and the combination of pity, dismay and a degree of disdain toward a man who is unable to marry and produce children – continues to cling to the Indian homosexual.It is instructive that the Kamasutra, the main source of information on ancient sexuality, does not use the term kliba at all. It mentions sodomy in only one passage, and that in the context of heterosexual and not homosexual sex: “The people in the South indulge in “sex below,” even anally.”(2.6.49). (In general Southerners have a pretty poor reputation in this book composed in the North, and it could be that their geographical position suggested their sexual position in this passage: down under). In the Kamasutra, fellatio is regarded as the defining male homosexual act.In Same Sex Love in India, Ruth Vanita argues that the relative tolerance, the gray area between simple acceptance and outright rejection of homosexual attraction, can be primarily attributed to the Hindu concept of rebirth. Instead of condemning the couple, others can explain their mutual attraction as involuntary, because it is caused by attachment in a previous birth. This attachment is presumed to have the character of an “unfinished business,” which needed to be brought to a resolution in the present birth. An Indian gay put son make up before a rally in Calcutta.In ancient texts, folktales and in daily conversations, mismatched lovers, generally those with vast differences in status (a fisherman or an untouchable falling in love with a princess), are reluctantly absolved of blame and the union gradually accommodated, because it is viewed as destined from a former birth. When a brave homosexual couple defies all convention by openly living together, its tolerance by the two families and the social surround generally takes place in the framework of the rebirth theory. In 1987, when two policewomen in the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India got “married”, a cause celebre in the Indian media, the explanation often heard from those who could no longer regard them as “just good friends sharing living accommodation” was that one of them must have been a man in a previous birth and the couple prematurely separated by a cruel fate.In ancient India, homosexual activity itself was ignored or stigmatized as inferior, but never actively persecuted.  In the dharmashastras, male homoerotic activity is punished, albeit mildly: a ritual bath or the payment of a small fine was often sufficient atonement. This did not change materially in spite of the advent of Islam, which unequivocally condemns homosexuality as a serious crime. Muslim theologians in India held that the Prophet advocated the severest punishment for sodomy. Islamic culture in India, though, also had a Persian cast wherein homoeroticism is celebrated in literature. In Sufi mystical poetry, both in Persian and later in Urdu, the relationship between the divine and humans was expressed in homoerotic metaphors. Inevitably, the mystical was also enacted at the human level. At least among the upper classes of Muslims, among “men of hrefinement,” pederasty became an accepted outlet for a man’s erotic promptings, as long as he continued to fulfill his duties as a married man. Emperor Babur’s autobiography is quite clear on his indifferent love for his wife and his preference for a lad. We also know that until the middle of twentieth century, when the princely states were incorporated into an independent India, there was a strong tradition of homosexuality in many princely courts in north India. The homosexual relationships were much safer than relationships with mistresses whose children could be the source of endless divisive rivalries.It seems that the contemporary perception of homosexual activity, primarily in images of sodomy, can be traced back to the Muslim period of Indian history. As we saw, the classical Hindu image of homosexual activity is in terms of fellatio. In the Kamasutra, for instance, the fellatio technique of the closeted man of “third nature” (the counterpart of the kliba in other Sanskrit texts) is discussed in considerable sensual detail. I would venture to add that one reason Hindu homosexuals regard sodomy with considerable ambivalence, exciting and repulsive at the same time, has also to do with their strong taboos around issues of purity versus pollution; the mouth is cleaner than the anus.If male homosexuals make themselves invisible, then lesbians simply do not exist in Indian society – or so it seems. Again, it is not that Indians are unaware of lesbian activity. Yet this activity is never seen as a matter of personal choice, a possibility that is  theoretically, if reluctantly, granted to “deficient” men, the men of “third nature” in ancient India. Lesbian activity, on the other hand, is invariably seen as an outcome of the lack of sexual satisfaction in unmarried women, widows or, women stuck in unhappy, sex-less marriages. This is true even in creative depiction of lesbian activity in fiction or movies. In Deepa Mehta’s 1998 movie Fire, which sparked a major controversy, with Hindu activists setting fire to cinema halls because the movie showed two women having an affair, both women turn to each other only because they are deeply unhappy in their marriages. In ancient India, lesbian activity is described in the Kamasutra at the beginning of the chapter on harems where many women live together in the absence of men. What the queens have is just one king, preoccupied with affairs of state, to go around. Since none of the kings can be the god Krishna, who is reputed to have satisfied each one of his sixteen thousand wives every night, the women use dildos, as well as bulbs, roots or fruits that have the form of the male organ. The implication is that lesbian activity takes place only in the absence of the “real thing.” There are hints on other kinds of lesbian activity in the ancient law books: a woman who corrupts a virgin is to be punished by having two of her fingers cut off – a pointer to what the male author think two women do in bed. The harsh punishment is not for the activity itself but for the “deflowering,” the heinous crime of robbing a young girl of her chastity. Not surprisingly, it seems  that female homosexuality was punished more severely than homosexuality among men; out of concern for the protection of women’s virginity and sexual purity, traditionalists would say; to exercise control over women’s sexual choice and activity, modern feminists would counter. In general, then, India has a tradition of “benign neglect” of alternate sexualities, a tradition that is very much a part of the Indian mind. The laws against homosexual activity, such as the act of 1861, are all examples of a repressive Victorian moral code. It is ironical that reactionaries, both Hindu and Muslim, who reject homosexuality as a decadent Western phenomenon subscribe to the same foreign code that is so alien to the Indian tradition. The Indian tradition of indifference or deliberate ignorance is also incompatible with the model of the Western gay movement, which is beginning to make inroads into our metropolises.  In its insistence on the politics of a gay identity, of a proud or at least defiant assertion of homosexual identity, this movement is beginning to compel the rest of society to confront the issue publicly.    Related Itemslast_img read more

Kamasutra Chocoloates

first_imgA Belgian chocolate makers is offering Kamasutra chocolates – to tantalize your taste buds.  Related Itemslast_img

FDA Agents in India?

first_imgU.S. officials are proposing stationing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspectors in India to check the safety of U.S. bound food products. The FDA is setting up a similar program in China. With exports of food products from India spiking, Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt said, “We have also initiated conversations with the Indian Government on the need to have similar kinds of officers in India.”The idea, he said, is to implement product safety in originating countries. “Our new strategy is that we have to roll the borders back and make certain that safety is built into every product, along every step of the supply chain.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

Yes, Prime Minister

first_imgSaying that Indians are the “new Jews” of the United Kingdom, Tory Lord Jeffrey Archer recently predicted that an Indian will one day rise to become prime minister of the country. The former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, who has since been sidelined after being jailed for perjury in 2001, on a book tour in India was asked if he foresaw any shifts in Britain. He responded: “Massive. It is going to be taken over by the Indians. And I don’t joke… Now what you are doing is what the Jews did 30-40 years ago when they came to England after the war.“They took over the local councils and they became mayors. Now they are in Parliament. The Indians are now taking over the local councils. There are mayors all over England who are Indian.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

Punjabi Top Foreign Language

first_imgThe four leading foreign languages of non-native speakers in British schools are South Asian. According to the Department for Children, Schools and Families, Punjabi is the top foreign language of non English speaking students. Punjabi was the first language of 102,570 (1.6 per cent) of the students, followed by Urdu with 82,250 (1.3 per cent), Bengali with 70,320 (1.1 per cent) and then Gujarati.  Related Itemslast_img

Students Cop Out

first_imgNew Indian graduate student enrollment declined 16% this year, according to the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS).The CGS reported that foreign graduate enrollment was flat in 2009 after four consecutive years of growth. Overall Indian graduate student enrollment declined by 5 percent. China, which has the second highest graduate student enrollment, experienced a 16 percent growth in new student enrollment while the Middle East experienced a 22% growth.  Related Itemslast_img

Hip Indians Revel in Their Take on English

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State of the Wage Gap: How Far We’ve Come in 2017

first_imgAccording to the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE), a hypothetical American woman would have to keep working until roughly April 4, 2017, in order to make the same amount of money as a man doing the same work would have made in 2016. And while Equal Pay Day was originated by the NCP in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages, the fight for pay equality has been raging for decades, and, yes, long before Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda hit the big screen in 9 to 5 in 1980.As early as 1869, a letter to the editor of the New York Times questioned why female government employees were not paid the same as male ones. “Very few persons deny the justice of the principle that equal work should command equal pay without regard to the sex of the laborer,” the letter read. “But it is one thing to acknowledge the right of a principle and quite another to practice it.” However, it wasn’t until World War II in the 1940’s when women flooded the workforce en masse, that the drumbeat for equal pay for equal work began to pick up. Yet real legislation wasn’t instituted until President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Law into effect in1963 followed by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, origin, color, religion or sex.Ever since there have been steady strides made and the drumbeat has continued: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 protected pregnant employees and the Family and Medical Leave act of 1991 allowed parents regardless of gender to take time off. Then in 2009, President Obama chose the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act as his first piece of legislation to help address this persistent and unacceptable wage gap.Slow and steady. Nevertheless, the gender wage gap is still an issue for the American workforce and is seemingly more complex than ever. For one thing, figures indicate that women earn 55, 76 or 95 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earn. This variation seems conflicting, but it’s a mistake to think it renders the numbers invalid. Each figure is true in its context and carries vital implications for millions of Americans.  The Gap: By The NumbersIn the study Demystifying the Gender Pay Gap, Glassdoor’s Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain analyzed more than 505,000 American workers’ salaries. Chamberlain’s study found that when employees’ salaries are averaged using just two criteria, gender and full-time status, women earn about 76 cents to their male counterparts’ dollar.  However, comparing workers with similar age, education and years of experience shrinks that gap to 19.2 percent. Further, comparing workers with the same job title, employer and location, the gender pay gap in the U.S. falls to 5.4 percent (94.6 cents per dollar).While 95 percent is an improvement over 76 percent, a statistically significant and noteworthy gap persists. The US Congress Joint Economic Committee reported: “Women’s median earnings are lower at every level of education. In fact, women are often out-earned by men with less education: the typical woman with a graduate degree earns $5,000 less than the typical man with a bachelor’s degree.”Disparities Amongst WomenThe committee further notes that, when compared with their white male colleagues, African American women average 60 cents on the dollar while Latinas average 55 cents.  The committee also explains: “Women ages 18 to 24 earn approximately 88 percent of what their male counterparts earn. However, for most women the gender pay gap grows as they continue in their careers and start families. Today, women ages 45 to 54 typically earn only 70 percent of what their male counterparts earn.” Location is also important. The American Association of University Women reports a deeper gap in some states; for example, women in New York average 89 percent of their male counterparts’ salaries, while women in Wyoming earn 64 percent.   A Lasting ImpactThe Joint Economic Committee notes that retirement income is largely generated by pensions and social security benefits. The committee finds: “Income of women ages 65 and older ($17,400) is 44 percent less than the median income for men in the same age group ($31,200). As a result of this and other factors, a higher percentage of women than men end up living in poverty after age 65.”According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research: “if women in the United States received equal pay with comparable men, poverty for working women would be reduced by half. . .”Why The Wage Gap PersistsSome dispute the existence of the wage gap, arguing that women tend to be paid less because of career choices they favor. Chamberlain offers a more nuanced take: “The sorting of men and women into different occupations has emerged as one of the main drivers of the gender pay gap—a factor that has little to do to with overt bias and reflects complex social pressures that divert women into some professions and away from others. Additionally, research has shown college major, gender differences in pay negotiation, and gender norms around caregiving and the resulting need for workplace flexibility are all important drivers of the gender pay gap. . . ”Harvard University Economics Professor and wage gap expert Claudia Goldin, also grants: “It’s hard to find the smoking guns,” meaning that there’s seldom a clear causal link to bias-ridden employers eager to undercut female employees.   Instead, Goldin identifies another culprit and solution: “The gender gap in pay would be considerably reduced and might even vanish if firms did not have an incentive to disproportionately reward individuals who worked long hours and worked particular hours.”Strides Towards ChangeThe beleaguered Paycheck Fairness Act seeks to close loop-holes in the Equal Pay Act by ensuring protection for employees who discuss their pay, providing negotiation training and removing salary history as a requisite for salary negotiations among other objectives. The bill has been repeatedly voted down, but some aspects of the legislation have been adopted on the state level. Massachusetts recently adopted legislation that the Center for American Progress deemed “one of the strongest equal pay bills in the nation.” It encourages employers to review their compensation practices in the interest of equity, and it makes it illegal to require salary histories to inform salary negotiations. The rationale: If a candidate was unfairly paid previously, this should not impact future compensation.  New York has also adopted a similar measure prohibiting state entities from requesting salary histories.Know Where You StandKelly Brooks, Executive Director of Human Resources at Atrium Staffing notes: “Women tend to underestimate their worth and have less confidence in negotiating than their male counterparts.” Brooks emphasizes that candidates don’t have to share their salary histories. She notes, though, that interviewers want to ensure that both parties are within range. Brooks explains:  “It won’t be long before other states join MA, but for now simply saying ‘I am looking for a position that meets market value and my experience, skills and abilities’ may only get you so far.  In the meantime, you should prepare to give a salary with support . . . Know market value, highlight special skills and strengths . . . Providing them with a unique ability that puts you above the average is what will help quantify your value.”Brooks also advises: “Additionally, women should consider what else is important to them that doesn’t equate to base salary but does add to the total compensation package: bonus opportunities, more vacation time, flexible schedule, remote working capabilities, etc.  Most employers have a range that they are willing to pay and so should you.”Looking Towards the Near Future CNN’s Kate Bennett referred to Ivanka Trump, Assistant to the President, as “the loudest voice for women’s issues in her father’s administration.” At the 2016 Republication National Convention, Trump stated: “As President, my father will change the labor laws that were put into place at a time when women were not a significant portion of the workforce. . . Politicians talk about wage equality, but my father has made it a practice at his company throughout his entire career.”At the convening of the newly-forged  United States-Canada Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders, President Trump remarked: “We must ensure that our economy is a place where women can work and thrive.” The new administration’s specific plans, however, remain to be seen.last_img read more

What Your References Should Say About You

first_img 23 hours ago 23h Administartive Assistant Sentry Mechanical Pittsburgh, PA Registered Nurse (RN) – Charge Nurse – $7,000 Sign On Bonus EmpRes Healthcare Management Gardnerville, NV 23 hours ago 23h 2.8★ LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center Chicago, IL 23 hours ago 23h 4.5★ Deli Associate F&M Deli & Restaurant Mount Laurel, NJ 3.4★ RN, Registered Nurse – OP Chemotherapy CHRISTUS Health Houston, TX 3.5★ 23 hours ago 23h Director, Advanced Technology Policy General Motors United States N/A N/A 23 hours ago 23h 4.7★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Registered Nurse Supervisor RN Waterbury Gardens Nursing and Rehab Waterbury, CT When you’re looking for a new job, you’ll most likely spend hours refining every point on your job resume, and spend even more time crafting and rewriting your cover letter, but how much time do you spend preparing your list of references? Most likely not a lot! While it’s normal to focus on those important components, you also need to think of how your references will vouch for you when contacted about your qualities and accomplishments by a potential employer. But what exactly should your references say about you? Give Your References a Heads-UpFirst things first: before you ask your references to leave glowing reviews of you and your work, you need to let them know of your intention to list them as references. It may seem unnecessary to do so every time you’re using them, but it’s better to be safe than sorry — no one wants to be caught off guard.Experts advise flagging your references in advance to allow them adequate preparation time. You don’t have to explain every detail of your job search, but you can refresh their memory, or give them some new updates that apply to your job search. Your Relevant Skills & QualitiesOne of the most important things that your references should emphasize is your relevant qualities and skills related to the job position. You want them to share your interpersonal and technical skills that are crucial to your position, and how you used them while you worked together. It’s a good practice to provide your references with an updated resume, cover letter, and professional biography as well. Remind them of the projects that you managed for them that reflect those skills and qualities required in your potential new role. Supply them with sufficient details and situations that allow them to showcase your skills and reinforce your capabilities.11 Skills, Traits and Qualities That Are Great to Have on Your Resume NowYour Strengths Your references should talk about your strengths in specific situations — not just basic information. They should be ready to provide examples of actual projects where you exceeded expectations. Your reference should easily cite one or two situations that highlight your strengths.  Remember that references are simply telling a story of you as an employee, and the best stories have demonstrative and powerful details. Strengths must be backed by specific, measurable, and tangible results. Supply your references with the necessary talking points to do that. Your WeaknessesJust like a job interview, employers will most likely ask your references about your weaknesses. Expect your references to discuss that in an honest way. Claiming that you’re perfect will likely not cut it with any potential employer. Everyone has weaknesses. If your references fail to cite one, it takes away you and your references’ credibility. If your reference really knows you well, they’ll provide authentic answers, but might want to bring it out in a way that also showed how you rectified the situation. Maybe you went over budget on a poorly planned project that you took over. In this instance, your reference should talk about the progress you took to overcome those weaknesses or challenges. Additional TipsThere are more things that references can say to employers about you. These include reasons why they should hire you, areas you could improve on, and of course your other areas of interest like hobbies. But above all, keep them in the loop of your educational and career progress so they can share an honest and credible assessment of you, your capabilities, and development.Jordan Perez is a human resource expert with over 10 years experience helping HR managers and employees create better work relations. She’s also an avid freelance writer who has been published in online magazines and corporate websites. When she’s not engaged in HR developments, she loves hitting the road to see new places.Browse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 2.5★ Interior Designer – St. Louis & Dallas Oculus Saint Louis, MO 3.1★ 2.3★ ICU Registered Nurse Del Sol Medical Center El Paso, TX Service Advisor Prime Motor Group Saco, MElast_img read more

Got 60 Seconds? Here’s How to Score Your Dream Job

first_img 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Innovative Outpatient Family Medicine Opportunity Near FedEx Field Steele Healthcare Solutions Capitol Heights, MD Marketing Communications Specialist Allied Telecom Group Arlington, VA 23 hours ago 23h Director of Rehabilitation Kindred Healthcare Washington, DC 4.0★ N/A Police Officer Metropolitan Police Department of Washington DC Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h 3.0★ Cybersecurity Program Associate Noblis Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h 2.9★ CDL-A Dedicated Truck Driver USA Truck Washington, DC N/A 23 hours ago 23hcenter_img 23 hours ago 23h 4.1★ 23 hours ago 23h Sales Director Federal SUSE Washington, DC Browse More Jobs 3.8★ Executive Assistant Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board Washington, DC LPN Washington Fertility Center Annandale, VA 2.9★ 3.9★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.1★ Front waiter – Clyde’s of Georgetown Clyde’s Restaurant Group Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h Short on time, but need advice on how to land a job in 2018? We’ve got you covered.Glassdoor has teamed up with Skillshare, an online learning community, to empower job seekers to find the right job.In this class “How to Get a Job: A Step-by-Step Guide”, Glassdoor’s career expert Scott Dobroski help job seekers learn everything they need to know to land a job today, including searching for a job, building the perfect resume and cover letter, capturing an employer’s attention in an interview, negotiating pay, navigating an offer and more.Check out the above 60-second teaser to get the top 7 tips for crafting the perfect resume!Want to know how to ace the interview, negotiate like a pro and land the job of your dreams? Sign up this FREE online class to learn insider tips to make your resume stand out and to jumpstart your career.Browse Open Jobslast_img read more

Leicester offered Middlesbrough midfielder Gaston Ramirez, but…

first_imgLeicester City have been offered Middlesbrough midfielder Gaston Ramirez.The Daily Star says Middlesbrough have offered to sell the Uruguayan, 26, to the Foxes for around £10m.But Leicester have turned down the deal despite pressing hard to sign Ramirez in January.The winger had a transfer request rejected by Boro in January as he tried to force through a move to the East Midlands.They are now keen to offload him from their wage bill following relegation for the Premier League.last_img

Three pieces of fundraising advice

first_imgHere is my Fundraising Success column for June, featuring my alter ego, the maven.Dear Marketing Maven,My donations are down, my heart is heavy, and my job is on the line. Worse, I think I’m coming down with something. Paging Dr. Dollars!-Sick in SyracuseDear Sick,I don’t need a stethoscope to diagnose these ailments. You’re suffering from one or all of the three most common diseases in the nonprofit world. Sadly, they are at epidemic proportions. We’ve got to stop their spread!#1: “Field of Dreams” syndrome. Those who have this disease believe that, “If you build it, they will come.” By “they,” I mean a big team of generous donors. For example, if you have FODS, you think that if you build a website and stick a DonateNow button on it, donors will arrive and click. This disease also manifests itself as an assumption that uttering your mission statement will inspire people to give. If you find yourself saying, “If people only knew, they would” then you have FODS. Declaring your existence is not a fundraising campaign. It is a symptom of FODS.The cure? You need to reach out to people and build relationships with them. Then maybe they’ll want to support you.#2: “It’s all about us” disease. Nonprofits suffering from this disease are easy to spot — their home pages, emails and all of their correspondence reads like an “About Us” page. Sometimes, this ailment is called “Nonprofit Narcissism.” Mission statements, the history of your organization and other related details should not be found everywhere and do not constitute a strong message.The cure? Make it about your donor, not you. Why should they care? What can they accomplish? How have they changed the world with their support? #3: “Call to inaction” problem. In order to generate donations and increase your donor base, you need to have a clear call to action. It’s not enough to state who you are, what you do and what’s new. You need to clearly state what you are asking and appeal to prospective donors to take that action. “Save the earth” is not a call to action. Nor is “support us.”The cure? Be specific. As in, “Click this button and give us $10 for a bed net so a child will be saved from malaria.”Be well,MavenDear Marketing Maven,Our image is not what I want, so I’m thinking of rebranding with a new logo. Thoughts?-Making Over in HanoverDear Makeover,Bad idea. Branding is not about logos, it’s about how people perceive you. That’s got a lot more to do with how you treat them, how you conduct your programs, and how you communicate your achievements than it has to do with your logo. Don’t spend a cent on a new logo until you dig deeper into these aspects of your brand. Without that level of makeover, a new logo or color palette is about as effective as slapping lipstick on a pig. I don’t think it’s worth spending money on a logo change unless you conclude after fixing everything else that your logo is in direct violation of the brand you’ve built. Happy makeover,MavenDear Marketing Maven,Why did you not open my last eNewsletter?–Hurt in HalifaxDear Hurt,I get about 20 email newsletters a week. I read about two. I must have somehow overlooked yours – I’m sure it was worth a read, unlike the other 18. For what it’s worth, here are some thoughts on newsletters:1. Maybe you don’t need one.People are inundated with newsletters. I’m not the exception – we all get too many. Yawn. Why not put your time and energy into something truly exceptional? Like the packet a friend just got from DonorsChoose to thank him for buying a carpet for a classroom. He got a picture of the kids on the carpet – along with the students’ little handwritten notes and pictures. Wow. Not feasible, you say? How about simply sending out something useful to your audience? At Network for Good, we send out weekly free fundraising tips rather than a newsletter about us. Our nonprofits love it! If you’re an organization focused on diabetes, how about weekly tips for managing diabetes? 2. If you do an enewsletter, don’t forget the “e.”You can’t just slap your print newsletter into a PDF, email it, and consider yourself the editor of an “enewsletter.” Write to the medium. Online communications need to be shorter and formatted for the web. People skim online. They don’t read. Don’t make them download a PDF and turn pages on your computer. Grab attention with photos, short text and good stories. 3. Make it about the donors and not you.Don’t manifest “All about us” disease in your newsletter. Your newsletter should not be about how great you are. It should be about how great your donor is! Make your donor feel like the center of attention. No one can resist reading about themselves – or about what they accomplished.Write on,MavenStay tuned… more on email newsletters in next month’s column!last_img read more

Recruiting for MHTF Intern

first_imgPosted on October 1, 2009November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)We are now actively recruiting for an intern to help us at the Maternal Health Task Force. This position is posted on the EngenderHealth website. If you are interested in this position, please apply via EH’s Human Resources department (instructions are on the website).Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

WASH for Mothers: Using Clinic Based Care to Bring Safe Water to Mothers

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 25, 2011June 19, 2017By: Anangu Rajasingham, US Centers for Disease Control and PreventionClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The following post is part of a series of posts exploring water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and maternal health. It is written by Anangu Rajasingham from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. To read other posts in the series, click here.Over 900 million people worldwide do not have access to an improved water source.1 Lack of access to safe water, inadequate hygiene, and insufficient sanitation facilities accounts for nearly 88% of diarrheal cases.2 A leading cause of childhood deaths worldwide, it is responsible for approximately 1.4 million deaths each year in children.3 Thus, providing interventions to make water safe have become fundamental in reducing childhood mortality around the world.Recent experience has shown that strategies that integrate water treatment with maternal and child health and clinic based care are particularly successful.WaterGuard & the Safe Water SystemOne inexpensive household point-of-use intervention that has shown to reduce the risk of diarrhea by 25-85% is the Safe Water System (SWS).4-10 The SWS consists of three components: treatment of water using a locally produced sodium hypochlorite solution called WaterGuard, safe water storage, and improvement in hygiene and water storage through behavior change communication.4 However, ensuring sustainable water treatment and hygiene behavior change can be challenging.Targeting Expectant Mothers — Antenatal Hygiene Kit DistributionOne effective strategy in promoting behavior change is targeting expectant mothers during pregnancy. During this period, mothers are accepting of advice from health care providers and open to hygiene promotion messages that could protect the health of their children. Even in countries with high maternal and childhood mortality, mothers report visiting an antenatal clinic at least once.11Results from MalawiA pilot program utilizing this approach was initiated in Malawi in two districts in 2007. As a part of this program, 15,000 pregnant women received free hygiene kits during their first antenatal clinic visit. The kit included a water storage container with a tap, a bottle of WaterGuard, and a bar of soap. Women were also eligible to receive three additional WaterGuard bottles and bars of soap during subsequent antenatal clinic visits. Evaluation of this program one year and two years later showed that integration of water treatment and handwashing products was highly effective in changing behaviors among expectant mothers. Participants had statistically significant increases in any water treatment, knowledge of WaterGuard, reported use of WaterGuard, detection of residual chlorine in stored water in the home, and purchase of WaterGuard after the depletion of their free supply. To put this into perspective, confirmed use of WaterGuard increased from 1% at baseline, to 61% at first follow-up. The water storage container provided was used in over 90% of homes, and demonstration of proper handwashing technique increased from 22% at baseline to 68% at first follow-up.12 Following a similar format, a program in Machinga District, Malawi distributed 25,000 hygiene kits in 2009 and found comparable results in water treatment, hygiene, and water storage behavior change.13Potential for Increasing Safe Water Use in certain Demographic GroupsPerhaps the most promising finding of the pilot program evaluation was that the demographic makeup of those most impacted by the antenatal hygiene kits included groups that had been previously hard to reach through safe water promotion campaigns. Previous nationwide surveys on WaterGuard in Malawi had found that WaterGuard use tended to be highest in urban, more educated, and wealthier populations. In contrast, this study found that mothers who did not use WaterGuard at baseline but had confirmed WaterGuard use at follow-up were associated with rural residence, lower wealth, and lower education. This finding suggests this mechanism could be particularly effective in reaching rural, uneducated, and lower income populations, coincidentally the same populations that are at greatest risk of adverse outcomes from diarrheal disease.References1. WHO, http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/monitoring/jmpfinal.pdf. Accessed August 15, 2011.2. (KNBS), K. N. B. o. S. and I. Macro (2010). Kenya Demographic and Health Survey 2008-09. Calverton, Maryland, KNBS and ICF Macro.3. Boschi-Pinto C, Velebit L, Shibuya K, 2008. Estimating child mortality due to diarrhea in developing countries. Bull World Health Organ 86: 710-7.4. Garrett V, Ogutu P, Mabonga P, Ombeki S, Mwaki A, Aluoch G, Phelan M, Quick RE, 2008. Diarrhea prevention in a high-risk rural Kenyan population through point-of-use chlorination, safe water storage, sanitation, and rainwater harvesting. Epidemiol Infect: 1-9.5. Crump, J. A., P. O. Otieno, et al. (2005). “Household based treatment of drinking water with flocculant-disinfectant for preventing diarrhea in areas with turbid source water in rural western Kenya: cluster randomised controlled trial.” BMJ 331(7515): 478.6. Semenza, J.C., Roberts, L., Henderson, A., Bogan, J., & Rubin, C.H. Water distribution system and diarrheal disease transmission: a case study in Uzbekistan. American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene 1998;59:941-946.7. Quick, R.E., Venczel, L.V., Mintz, E.D., et al. Diarrhoea prevention in Bolivia through point-of use water treatment and safe storage: A promising new strategy. Epidemiology & Infection 1999; 122:83-90.8. Quick RE, Kimura A, Thevos A, et al. Diarrhea prevention through household-level water disinfection and safe storage in Zambia. American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene 2002;66:584-589.9. Luby, S.P., Agboatwalla, M., Hoekstra, R.M., Rahbar, M.H., Billhimer, W., & Keswick, B.H. Delayed effectiveness of home-based interventions in reducing childhood diarrhea, Karachi, Pakistan. American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene 2004;71:420-427.10. Lule, J.R., Mermin, J., Ekwaru, J.P., et al. Effect of home-based water chlorination and safe storage on diarrhea among persons with human immunodeficiency virus in Uganda. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2005;73:926-933.11. National Statistical Office and UNICEF, 2008. Malawi Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2006, Final Report. Lilongwe, Malawi: National Statistical Office and UNICEF. Available at: http://www.childinfo.org/files/MICS3_Malawi_FinalReport_2006_eng.pdf. Accessed August 14, 2011.12. Sheth AN, Russo ET, Menon M, Wannemuehler K, Weinger M, Kudzala AC, Tauzie B, Masuku HD, Msowoya TE, Quick R. Impact of the integration of water treatment and handwashing incentives with antenatal services on hygiene practices of pregnant women in Malawi. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2010 Dec;83(6):1315-21.13. Routh, J. Safe Water and Hygiene Promotion for Diarrheal Disease Prevention through the Government of Malawi Antenatal Care System: Machinga District. EIS conference presentation April 2011.Share this:last_img read more

Black Mamas Matter! Building a Human Rights Movement for Maternal Health in the U.S.

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 11, 2016October 12, 2016By: Katrina Anderson, Senior Human Rights Counsel, Center for Reproductive Rights; Pilar Herrero, Human Rights Fellow, Center for Reproductive RightsClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is part of “Inequities in Maternal Mortality in the U.S.,” a blog series hosted by the MHTF.The United States (U.S.) lags behind much of the world in terms of ensuring maternal health and survival. Despite spending more money on health care than any other high-income country, the U.S. maternal mortality rate is worse than 45 other countries, including the United Kingdom, Japan, and Libya.Moreover, while most countries are making progress toward better maternal survival rates, the situation in the U.S. is backsliding. Today, women in the U.S. are actually more likely to die as a result of pregnancy or childbirth complications than they were two decades ago, and Black women are nearly four times more likely to die than White women. These trends are a wake-up call that rising maternal mortality and morbidity is not only an issue for women outside our borders – it is a domestic human rights crisis.Over the past year, the international community has called for urgent action to address this crisis. In August 2014, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) raised concerns about the U.S. failure to eliminate disparities in sexual and reproductive health, including maternal mortality (available in other languages), and called on the government to improve data collection and accountability systems. In May 2015, the UN Human Rights Council facilitated a review of the U.S. and issued a recommendation from Finland calling on the U.S. to ensure equal access to quality maternal health services. And just this month, members of a UN Working Group concluded a visit to the U.S. with a recommendation that government authorities summon the political will to remedy pervasive racial disparities in maternal health.These international critiques help to raise awareness of maternal health problems in the U.S. by showing that other countries have done far more to reduce their maternal mortality rates, and with fewer resources. They also support a more expansive approach to the issues involved, urging a disruption of the professional silos that inhibit our ability to address a problem as complex as maternal mortality. Most importantly, human rights standards remind us that preventable maternal mortality violates a fundamental contract between government and its citizens, and that government ought to be held accountable when it breaks.Efforts at the local level are spurring this renewed attention from international human rights bodies by empowering Black women and elevating their voices. In 2014, SisterSong, a reproductive justice organization based in Atlanta, hosted story circles with Black women living in the South. The Center for Reproductive Rights partnered with SisterSong to document these stories, which were included in a report to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). As ICERD reviewed U.S. efforts to eliminate racial discrimination, the stories summarized in the report provided crucial information about discrimination in health.Building on that momentum, we invited a group of experts to a multi-disciplinary convening at the SisterSong Mother House in June 2015. The “Black Mamas Matter” convening included academics, public health practitioners, doctors, midwives, doulas, community organizers, policy experts, funders, and advocates. Participants—many of whom are Black women from the South—shared information, identified current challenges, articulated visions for the future, and discussed strategies.One key theme that emerged was the need to openly discuss the impact of racial discrimination on maternal health outcomes. This requires looking at the experiences of Black women that go beyond the clinical encounter and begin well before they become pregnant. Participants identified the need to address structural inequalities that influence the social determinants of health, particularly for women of color. These include access to quality health care along the entire reproductive life course, safe, affordable housing, and paid parental leave. They noted the importance of confronting racial bias in health care settings, and called for better health surveillance systems and data collection methodologies that capture the lived experiences of Black women. In short, their collective vision is a holistic health care model that invests in Black women and their families.Since the Black Mamas Matter convening, participants have been cultivating a cross-sectoral network of individuals and organizations committed to addressing Black women’s maternal health in the South. CRR is also working closely with members of this network to develop a toolkit for state-based advocates interested in learning more about the problem and potential policy solutions.The policy solutions we propose are grounded in reproductive justice theory and human rights law. This approach is valuable because it recognizes the intersectionality of rights, issues and identities in ways that our domestic legal and policy framework does not. The human rights frame is also unique in that it emphasizes participation and transparency throughout decision-making processes. In the U.S. context, a human rights-based approach to maternal health policy cannot be implemented without the participation of Black women. Instead, it depends on recognizing Black women’s leadership, and scaling up the work that they are already doing in their communities.Share this:last_img read more

Bio 101: Advice for crafting the perfect “About Me” page

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.”About” pages are the most frequently visited page of a website. A good bio or about page can humanize you and your product or service. It’s where you can forge connections by blending your story, values, and interests into a compelling narrative.Why then do so many one-person businesses talk about themselves in the third person? A related issue for many freelancers is whether to refer to yourself as an “I” or a “we.”Solving the bio problemThe mostly likely reason is that people copy what they see other people do. Solopreneurs, consultants, and freelancers worry about being taken seriously. The third-person bio can seem to solve that problem.No matter how well-written, a third-person bio can come off as pretentious, especially if it’s clear you are the one running the show and making coffee. This can create a credibility problem that you’re trying to avoid by writing in the third person to begin with. Most of us don’t refer to ourselves in the third person at a cocktail party, so there’s no reason to do it on a website. Third person can also come off as cold and detached if you’re not careful.More and more, people buy from businesses whose stories and values they can relate to. In the quest for authenticity, maybe it’s time to embrace your “I” and just do a great job of it.Here’s why people prefer writing in third person:It makes us appear more important.It’s easier to include content that would otherwise sound awkward wedged into a first-person narrative.It’s difficult to write a compelling first-person bio without using the word “I” too often, which can make it read like a what-I-did-at-camp story.Tooting your own horn looks better when someone else is doing the tooting.Tips for writing a good first-person bio:Write down all the points you think you want to hit: backstory, your path or trajectory, who you serve, stumbles or changes along the way, “ah-ha” moments, what people get from working with you, etc. Take each part and write it several ways till it sounds right.To reduce how many times you use “I,” reconstruct every other sentence’s word order.Instead of “I believe…” or “I think…,” link to a separate list/page of values or beliefs that serve as your business manifesto. Heck, make them into a poster.Instead of “I do…” or “I make…,” link to a separate list/page of services or offerings.Always keep your audience in mind. Yes, it’s your about page but people what to know what’s in it for them, even in your bio. “I serve x type of people with x problem who want x benefit” is a good framework to use.Replace phrases that sound too self-congratulatory with testimonials instead. Include them on the bio/about page or link to another page. It’s easier to let other people speak to your achievements and excellence.Reduce unnecessary text by leaving out descriptions of your work that are self-evident elsewhere on your site.For artists or others who commonly include degrees, education and awards, move all that to the bottom or in a separate list. Those credentials might impress someone, but the point of a good about page is to connect and be relatable.There is a place for your third-person bio in any venue outside your own website or LinkedIn profile. It’s good to have one handy.Here are several examples of first-person bios plus some extra tips.Jane is a designer and consultant who helps people discover their magic so they can share it with the people who matter most. She runs Allegro Design, a brand and communication design shop, and sidelines as a jewelry designer and metalsmith at janepellicciotto.com.last_img read more

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: An Interview with Laura Vanderkam

first_imgThe average person may see anywhere between 4,000 and 10,000 ads in a single day. From binge-watching your favorite shows to checking the pile of coupons in your mailbox, advertisers have inundated our lives. Most of the ads we see… Full Story,Dressing up for Halloween is one of the best parts of the holiday, especially if you’re a creative person. But buying a Halloween costume can get expensive, with many costing more than $50 a pop. And unless you plan to… Full Story,You may not find it on an official calendar anywhere, but Friendsgiving is a newer holiday that has gained popularity in recent years. Much like Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving is a time to gather around the table with loved ones in the… Full Story,My birthday is on Halloween, so every year I get super excited. I plan what my costume will be, decide how I want to celebrate and text all my friends to let them know. Last year, I was finally able… Full Story,Not much of a football fan? Don’t know what all the cheesehead hat-wearing and face paint-smearing is all about? Skip hanging out at the local sports bar or sitting in the stands at a game, and put on your entrepreneurial… Full Story,Living paycheck to paycheck can feel like an endless scramble. Rent is due on the first but your paycheck won’t clear until the second. On top of everything, you need to pay for groceries, a bus ticket, and utilities before… Full Story,Decision fatigue is the decline in energy and focus you experience after making too many decisions. This mental drain causes your brain to abandon your willpower in order to seek more immediate rewards, which leads to poor decision making and… Full Story,If you ask a random person on the street what they do, chances are they have a lot of slashes and hyphens in their job titles. In this day and age, if you don’t have multiple sources of income… Full Story,Do you consider yourself a financially responsible young adult? Personally, I like to think that my finances are mostly in order. Rent, student loans, car payments—everything big is blocked off nicely. If the math works out right, I have a… Full Story,In the financial world, nothing evokes feelings of terror quite like the word “bankruptcy”. It’s become synonymous with a complete and utter collapse of one’s finances – a black hole that’s almost impossible to climb out of. When you declare… Full Storylast_img read more