Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW)
CHW would like to share this video, brought to us by Vanity Fair. It features actress Kate Beckinsale reading Victorian dating advice.
The dating advice you hear illustrates the immense strides that we have made from the 19th century to today. While women today enjoy many more personal and social freedoms, the reality is that they continue to face many barriers in our society.
Today, we see ongoing dialogue in the media relating to unequal pay in the workplace, sexual harassment, discrimination, and the list goes on.
For these reasons, CHW has been a leader in advocating for women’s rights and advancing the position of women in society. CHW aims to touch the lives of women who are living with domestic violence, single mothers, girls-at-risk, and women from all echelons of society in need of support and empowerment.
CHW’s support has touched many lives; one such woman is Gili. Gili was in an abusive marriage and fled to a WIZO Shelter with her son. The shelter supported Gili and her little boy. After a few months, once Gili became more stable, the counselors at the shelter encouraged Gili to enroll in the Unlimited Potential Program (UPP.) This program helped Gili learn the pertinent skills to find work after leaving the shelter; enabling her to support her family independently. Gili shares, “I used to not sleep at night worrying about how I will feed my son. But I no longer have these concerns. I sleep soundly knowing that I am providing for my family. This program saved my life and my son’s life.”
To learn more about UPP and the incredible work being done by CHW, visit: https://www.chw.ca/women/
CHW is proud to announce the awarding of the Annual National Award Honouring Exemplary Military Service to two female graduates from CHW Nahalal Youth Village.
In celebration of Israel’s Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut, President Rivlin hosted a ceremony where he presented 120 soldiers with the coveted award to recognize them for outstanding service and exceptional contributions in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Of those honoured, there were two female graduates from CHW Nahalal: Corporal Yuval Shitrit and Corporal Dekel Eitan.
A little about the recipients:
Yuval is a remarkable 21 year old woman. Born with muscular dystrophy, she refused to allow this to deter her from living an ‘ordinary’ life. Yuval was so determined that she even was able to participate in the March of the Living trip to Poland with her classmates. Due to Yuval’s medical condition, she was exempt from the army. However, Yuval volunteered to join the Israel Air Force. Yuval shares her reaction when she learned about being selected to receive the award, “It was a surprise. I’m a perfectionist, but never in my life did I imagine that I’d receive a presidential merit certificate. I feel like the sky is the limit.”
Dekel is an incredible basketball player, and has played for the CHW Nahalal basketball team. In grade 11, Dekel was asked to join the Israeli National Women’s Youth Basketball Team, where she participated in international tournaments. After graduation, Dekel enlisted in the artillery brigade.
David Horesh, Director of CHW Nahalal proudly shares his impressions of both Yuval and Dekel, “Yuval is a symbol of determination… her presence is inspiring for everyone who comes in contact with her. Yuval is known for her excellence, humility, maturity, and willpower. Dekel is a quiet and humble young woman who always knew what she wanted. She spared no effort to be both an outstanding student and basketball player.”
David continues, “I congratulate Yuval and Dekel, their families, and all of the staff who guided them. These young women should make all of Israel as proud as they made me and everyone at CHW Nahalal.” CHW joins David in congratulating these remarkable young women!
It is the result of CHW’s generous donors and members who have helped support promising youth, such as Yuval and Dekel, in order to make their dreams a reality. We look forward to learning about the wonderful things that they will accomplish in their bright futures!
Read the original article here.
Photo 1: Yuval Shitrit
Photo 2: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mrs Sara Netanyahu meet with the 120 outstanding IDF soldiers (Photo by: Kobi Gideon, GPO)
Photo 3: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, and top IDF generals, with 120 distinguished soldiers at an Independence Day ceremony at the President’s Residence, May 12, 2016 (Photo by: ToI staff)
Photo 4: President Reuven Rivlin meets the IDF soldiers awarded for their service on Independence Day, May 12, 2016 (Photo by: President spokesman’s office)
There are so many inspirational women in the world, yet Ida Keeling may be ‘winning the race’ at the moment. She is 100 years old and going strong!
Ida does not let her age stop her from doing what she loves, which is running. She is currently the national champion in the 60 meter dash for the age group 95-99. Ida has been a strong and determined woman for her entire life; doing rigorous jobs as a single mother to provide for her children.
Ida is a positive role model, and CHW loves her story! Like Ida’s perseverance, CHW supports women who are struggling as single mothers working towards bettering both their lives, and the lives of their children.
CHW is a leader in advocating for women’s rights, and stands for the advancement of women in all aspects of society; aiming our efforts towards helping women living with domestic violence, single mothers, girls-at-risk, and empowering women to become leaders.
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It was only a few short days ago that a bomb went off on a bus in Jerusalem, sending 21 people to the hospital.
Those brought to Hadassah included a young woman in her 20’s in serious condition, and a 25 year old man in moderate condition. Professor Avraham Rivkind, Head of the Shock Unit at Hadassah Hospital, was on the scene to use his extensive experience to save these people’s lives.
Rachel Dadon and her daughter were next to the bus when it exploded and as a result, were injured in the attacks. Rachel shares, “I looked for my daughter and found her all burned.” Rachel’s daughter Eden, who is only 15 years old, is now on a respirator and on the slow path to recovery.
Yesterday, as the victims were recovering, Yaakov Litzman, the Health Minister of Israel paid a special visit to the victims.
CHW is proud to support Hadassah Hospital and provide the needed care in order to help these innocent victims regain their health!
In 2016, the reality is that women continue to be objectified and valued based on their appearance. This has a direct impact on our culture, society, and the young girls who are the next generation of leaders and our hope for a brighter future.
However, after watching this two and a half minute video, it will become apparent that there remains a lot of work to remedy the objectification of women. This video may be challenging to watch (WARNING: this video contains some explicit language and images;) yet this is readily available to young girls in today’s world of the internet and social media.
For the points made so pointedly in this video, CHW supports critical programs in its projects to help combat the objectification of women.
In CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village, we are proud to support an Empowerment Program for Girls-at-Risk. This program instills young teenaged girls with the confidence to be who they are and pursue their dreams. As well, CHW supports the operating of programs for single mothers and women who have escaped violent homes; empowering these women to lead independent and stable lives.
Help Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW) combat the objectification of our girls by supporting our Annual Campaign: Giving Hope, Creating Opportunities.