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April 27, 2011

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April 27, 2011

People don't talk about domestic violence in NY's diverse Muslim communities any more than they do in other communities. But for more than five years, Turning Point for Women and Families has been a visible presence at Pakistan Day and other parades, at mosques, and community events letting women know that there is a place they can turn for help in their home language. Perhaps I most admire the work talented youth organizers do each week with the girls group. And girls and young women from around the city go to TP's Mecca to Manhattan workshops in the spring, learning public speaking and a range of other empowering skills.

Its Women's History Month events are always packed, and the annual mother/daughter picnic is a fun and moving moment in TP's calendar.

I've learned first hand from women who have navigated horrible home situations that the dv support is vital.

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Before she joined our board, Rabia spoke at one of TP's Ramadan iftars about the care and power she absorbed from staff as she struggled with a violent husband even while her family urged her to submit. Another speaker, Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar, translated the Koran and illuminated the ways that it has been misinterpreted to support male control. TP engages with the issue of women's empowerment at every level, from direct service, to broad community discussion.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

enlarge the board. We need more hands on deck, both in oversight, event planning and fundraising. That way, we can hire the deputy director who will free our talented director Robina Niaz to contribute more broadly to the transformation we all seek.

March 1, 2011

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March 1, 2011

My name is Shafiqa Habibi executive director of the New Afghanistan Association,
NAWA.

NAWA was established on January 1999, and it is a cultural and educational organization with limited personnel but supreme achievements and follows the following goals:
** Afghan
society specially women and girls knowledge upgrading through educational, cultural programs and capacity building.
** Provision and advocacy for Afghan society especially women and girls to participate in country reconstruction process through:
- Conducting literacy (Fast learning Program) for illiterate girls and young women.
-Training journalism programs for women and girls, holding information, cultural programs, workshops, seminars. By women journalist center, which has more then 100 active women journalists members in Kabul and provinces media,
-Radio &TV programs to aware, research analysis of human rights, women rights, gender equality, violence against women civil society, and advocacy for justice, which is produced in
Hareer production studio belong to NAWA,then broadcasted by afghan media,

NAWA received several televised projects from donors ,one of the best project was :
The of SILENT VOICE OF WAR VICTIMES through TV programs that had been implemented successfully by NAWA. and for the first time many victims participated in TV programs, and they did not afraid from War Lords in Afghanistan : In one of the TV programs, an old woman (Zia Gul) said: “In Soviet war I lost my two sons and one brother and one of my son‘s became disable and my husband ‘s feet are paralyzed. Now she doesn’t have the ability to find food for her disable son and husband.”
Another war victim Ms. Sayed Begum from Kapesa province said: “In Soviet wars our house was hit by a racket my husband, son and daughter died. Another son was working in cultivated field that suddenly a bullet was fired to his heart and he died. Her third son is missing and her fourth son has mental problems

The New Afghanistan Women Association (NAWA) thinks that, These kinds of TV programs were not broadcasted from any TV network yet so this is very important way to solve these problems by raising war victims voice and explaining their pains, sorrows by themselves through TV programs .First Each program had Message or correspondence of Transitional justice for war victims and government will pay attention to this tragedy and second thing is that charitable Foundations and benevolent people will help these miserable victims.

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In one of the survey ,people gave me the address of a house that all of its members were war victims there was a young girl that her tow hands, and a boy that his tow legs were cut by an explosion in their house. The girl ate and write with her feet. You can watch their images in You Tube.


For helping these families I Shafiqa Habibi joint to Afghanistan Social Foundation
.This Foundation is supporting them and giving them some amount of money every month which is helping these war victims to live.

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Afghanistan awareness riasing for Afghan women in villiges is very important because they donot know about thier humanrights th ey donot have any information from civil society.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to have a TV channel for women to advucate for women rights ,justice for women,and thier capacity building.and to change the mind of men to accept the libirty dignity and equality for women

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

i am founder and director of this organisation

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

awarness raising for Afghan women in villiges .

What is its top priority in the long run?

to change the mind of men to belive women rights.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 1, 2011

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March 1, 2011

As many of us are aware, most news media outlets do feature female writers, do not cover stories on women and in general not serve women. What makes Women's eNews so extraordinary is the website covers international women's issues that would otherwise be not accessible while providing bold perspectives that are often missing in mainstream media. Women's eNews reporting is not only engaging but offers an unparalleled breadth and depth offering more than just english speaking women the chance to learn. Their Arabic website which translates Women's eNews articles into Arabic as well as produce original content in Arabic also offers a voice and education to women across the world which is something entirely unique. I am an avid reader and supporter of Women's eNews and am happy to recommend and rate them very highly!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through their personal and unique Women's History Walk that I am planning to coordinate for a Spring Tour.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help increase it's traffic by getting more blogs to pick up their pieces and create more link backs.

February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011

Women's eNews serves a unique and critical role--covering issues of particular concern to women and providing women’s perspectives on public policy. Mainstream media rarely covers these stories--but they are very important because they enhance women’s ability to define their own lives and to participate fully in every sector of human endeavor. I myself eagerly await the arrival of every Women's eNews story in my inbox....because, for the most part, I can't read it elsewhere.Words DO have power--and in the case of Women's eNews, our stories resonant around the globe, empowering women to imagine their worlds differently, changed, in a word, improved. As we've seen in the Middle East, information couple with social media has the power to transform societies. Women's eNews is unique--reporting boldly, harnessing social media, and giving voice to voiceless.

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One of things that impresses me so much about Women's eNews is the leverage of the organization, given its size. It's impact is substantial, no matter what metric you use--staff size, budget size.... I like to be involved with organizations that have that kind of leverage--"fighting above their weight," if you will. The energy and passion behind the mission is inspirational.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

lavish more money upon it! Simple put, Women's eNews needs more funding--with more funding, it could expand the breath and depth of it's news coverage around the globe.

February 20, 2011

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February 20, 2011

The opportunity of leadership of an international news organization is a profound honor and deeply exhilarating. I am dedicating my time, talent and resources to Women's eNews. My world would not be as large as it is without their opinions and observations.

My world is broader when I
read Women's eNews. It gives me the opportunity to read stories of real women in the world . . . not the stories written by Hollywood, Madison Avenue, or even Washington. Through Women's eNews we can know, relate, and feel closer to one another. And, as Women's eNews informs us, many times our hurdles are the same no matter where we live and that unites us.

Women'seNews will not look away; they will look and report when it is hardest to do so.















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Informing women of news of particular interest to them. I attended presentations and panel discussions by U.S. and foreign women leading the way for the women in their countries. Participated in the Women'seNews History Walk in Lower Manhattan.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more avenues of support for the Editor in Chief, staff and interns who work passionately to provide news that is critcal to improving the lives of women nationally and internationally.

February 16, 2011

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February 16, 2011

Women's eNews tells stories that no one else is telling... the fact that violence against women is still up is something the regular media pays no attention to... Women's eNews does.
The other evening they sponsored a program about female electricians. The women were dynamic and wonderful and
committed but honest about the fact that they still face discrimination in the workplace--less than pleasant taunting and the very real fact that many of the tools are better suited for men. Women can do the same work but they need to approach the jobs differently since their bodies are different.
Regular news is only half the story; Women's eNews tells more and addresses issues worldwide

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being a part of it

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make certain everyone read it!

February 16, 2011

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February 16, 2011

Besides being a board member in various nonprofit organizations, I am also a professor of political science who teaches the course Women, Power, and Politics as well as other courses in which I always include themes about women and gender. Women's Enews provides an extraordinary service to those who are hungry for in-depth reporting about women and gender in all parts of the world. Women's Enews covers the United States and many of approximately 200 countries about which all global citizens need to be informed! The reporting, objective and timely, is always women-centered. Alas, women-centered reporting is still rare and infrequent in mainstream news. I can always count on Women's Enews to be in my inbox upon rising and to offer a summary at week's end. Please recognize Women's Enews! My students and I depend on their fine reports!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...its balanced and women-centered reporting (see above, my full review).

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...find ways for Women's Enews to obtain awards and recognition for its fine work.

May 25, 2010

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May 25, 2010

Women's eNews cares - about women, and not just white feminists - but African-Americans, Arab women, Muslim women around the world. They used to print an edition in Arabic until money woes following the stock crash forced that to fold, but they still do what they can. Editor in chief Rita Henley Jensen has worked tirelessly to develop a series of articles on why black women die more often in childbirth than white women - in America, not just in third world countries. She gets it about white feminists being remote from the worries of women of color and works hard to cross the divides of race and class.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Learning things about the links between infant mortality and race that I didn't know; I use it to research stories of concern to women around the globe - they publish stories others simply don't cover or haven't even heard of.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 25, 2010

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May 25, 2010

Womensenews is a vital link to readers all over the globe, particularly in the developing world. Women thre need to know how to improve their circumstances and the site can help them find a way. A vital information source for women everywhere.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have used my long journalism background to help the site communicate better with its readers.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 20, 2010

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May 20, 2010

I first learned of Women's eNews in 2004 when they recognized the Women's Technology Cluster's (now known as Astia) work in increasing access to capital for women in business. As I learned more about Women's eNews, I realized the power and impact of a media source that spoke for women dedicated to shedding a light and perspective on the news of the day. Rita Henley Jensen and her team consistently report, day in and day out, on issues affecting women everywhere in the world - healthcare, the economy, politics, culture - in a manner that tells the impact on women. This is no small feat. Women's eNews impact isn't limited to their journalism however, Their annual 21 Leaders for the 21st Century provides a platform for recognizing outstanding women and men whose work makes a difference in women's lives. So often in recognitions, women are overlooked or delegated to a "women's" category. The 21 Leaders program recognizes leadership in business, non-profits, the arts, healthcare and civic engagement. Moreover, for many of these leaders, the recognition gives their organizations and efforts greater access to resources and the opportunity for a larger impact. Women's eNews is beginning to get up to speed in social media (they have a Facebook fan page and a Twitter feed @womens_enews) and I hope they will aggressively use social media to reach women wherever they are on line.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the attention the 21 Leaders award gave to my organization, the Women's Technology Cluster, and to my own career. The national recognition set me apart and opened up new opportunities.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the dedication and responsibility they carry in covering news and its impact on women.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be the NPR/Economist for half the world's population, reflecting their interests and concerns.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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