Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW)
This video, brought to us by HuffPost Women, uses a simple approach to address the subtle sexism that women face on a day-to-day basis.
48 experiences are shared by women aged 4 to 84: judgments that have been made against them that their male counterparts are not subject to.
This video powerfully shows the difference and impact of these kinds of sentiments, from being told to fix your appearance, to having your ‘attitude’ criticized in the workspace. This brings to light the reality of sexism in our society.
Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW) is part of the campaign to raise awareness for equality and women’s rights in Israel, Canada, and around the world. Through various programs, CHW is leading the way in ensuring that women are given the strength to follow their dreams, that girls are empowered, and women have a safe haven away from domestic violence.
The Unlimited Potential Program (UPP) encourages women to pursue a higher education through a vocational degree. These women are given the support through a program that teaches women practical skills for the workplace. This, in turn, assists them in finding a job, which allows them to achieve financial independence.
The Women’s Shelters make sure that any woman, and her children, who are victims of domestic violence have a safe place to turn. It equips women with the tools to heal and overcome their tragic circumstances and return to society as capable, confident, and independent women.
These are examples of the ways in which CHW actively works to combat sexism, and empower both young girls and women.
Rabbi Eitan Muelme was one of the victims of the massacre carried out last year during Morning Prayer at a synagogue in Jerusalem. Eitan was severely injured and rushed to Hadassah Hospital for immediate care.
Eitan spent months in the ICU and underwent rehabilitation. While he has a long road ahead, Eitan is recovering and has re-gained the life that he thought he has lost.
Now, one year after the terror attack that took the lives of four men and left many with both physical and emotional scars, Eitan returns to Hadassah Hospital with one purpose: to give back to the place that saved his life.
While Eitan was recovering at the ICU last year, he vowed that should he survive this ordeal, he would come back and return the favour. In the spirit of Chanukah and the holiday season, Eitan dedicated hours to volunteering at Hadassah Hospital as he brings joy to patients and gives back in any way that he can.
Eitan and his family credit his survival to the remarkable care and facilities at Hadassah Hospital. It is the state-of-the-art facilities at Hadassah Hospital, including the recently-opened lower level operating department, established with support of CHW, that are giving patients and their families a true sense of hope.
The lower level operating department houses modern and high-tech operating rooms that enable groundbreaking surgical procedures and have the capacity to function during natural disasters and in times of war. This not only saves lives, but will instill patients with hope and security during their times of need.
CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village provides numerous programs for the children who live in the dormitories and family units. The youth village strives to ensure that each child’s needs are met. One such program, Coaching for Life, operates at CHW Hadassim in order to meet the needs of the Ethiopian children who reside there.
Coaching for Life is a mentorship program that pairs an Ethiopian child with an adult volunteer. The aim of the program is to provide children with a positive role model.
The program runs over the course of the year and includes interesting trips throughout Israel. Recently, the children from the program were taken on an exclusive tour to the elite air force base, Nevetim, in the Negev.
At Nevetim Airbase, the children met with soldiers from the Hercules Squadron, one of the most elite units in the IDF. This unit is responsible for military, civilian, and humanitarian aid both domestically and internationally.
This is an especially meaningful unit to the children’s heritage as it was the Hercules Squadron who carried out Operation Solomon; the mission that airlifted over 14,500 Ethiopian Jews to Israel over 20 years ago. These children were so moved to learn about their history. Many of them shared memories of their grandparents telling stories of that mission and how it saved their lives.
The aim of this excursion was to provide these children with an unforgettable experience that would inspire them to dream big. The children were encouraged to pursue their education and remain dedicated to their goals.
Two students shared their impressions from the visit. Shai, a grade 12 student, said, “I always dreamt of becoming a pilot but I never felt like I would succeed. This trip and meeting pilots who are like me, showed me that this is possible. This visit strengthened by will to become a pilot.” Esther, a grade 11 student, expressed, “This visit makes me want to follow my dreams. I know that no matter what I decide to do in life, I will succeed.”
These are such special and meaningful sentiments to hear from the children. It is clear that this trip had a tremendous impact on them!
CHW puts a lot of effort into ensuring that young girls are given a healthy and supportive upbringing. At CHW schools and youth villages, young and impressionable girls have the option to participate in programs that will help them battle body issues and overcome the daily struggles that are associated with being a girl.
CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village offers a program for girls at-risk; this program works to instill young girls with confidence and promote positive self-esteem to equip them with the tools to overcome bullying, peer pressure, and so much more.
In CHW-supported shelters, women are embraced by a supportive and safe environment. Women are given opportunities to learn specialized and widely-applicable skills in order to increase their employability, and are also provided with the support to rise above self-doubt and be resilient in the face of challenges.
The design and release of a new Barbie Doll named Lammily that will have real female body proportions is a refreshing change.
Designer Nickolay Lamm created the new doll based on the American Centers for Disease Control’s report of what an average 19 year old woman’s body is. This new Barbie Doll was designed to depict the figure of a real female in today’s North American society. Lamm’s design quickly became high in demand and has since been released on the market for purchase.
CHW views this as a wonderful step in the right direction: providing realistic toys for young girls. Nickolay Lamm joins CHW in its dedicated work to promote high senses of self-worth and self-esteem in young girls and women.
Click here to see the video made by Nickolay Lamm that illustrates the difference between the original Barbie and Lammily, the new Barbie.
The Hadassah Medical Center has found that meaningful improvements in the mental and physical well-being of its nurses can be achieved through a multifaceted course designed to alleviate their stress and burnout. Addressing the multidimensional nature of stress that nurses experience, the eight-month course (about 2.25 hours each week) involves meditation, relaxation exercises, drawing, journal writing, a listening circle, interactive dance, acupressure and shiatsu.
When the study team compared pre-course scores for job-related tension and stress, as well as general health, to post-course scores, they found that the 97 nurses who participated showed “significant improvement” as regards job-related tension, perceived stress, productivity, general physical and emotional health, upper respiratory infections, and visits to the doctor. The metrics were analyzed against those of 67 nurses who did not take the course.
The findings of the study led the authors to conclude that “providing hospital staff with multiple techniques addressing commonly encountered work stressors impacts positively on health and well-being and significantly reduces stress and burnout in this population.”
In addition, nurses who have taken the Hadassah course report that they use the techniques they learned to help their patients.
One nurse recalls: “I was called into Hadassah the night of the Versaille disaster (when a wedding hall in Jerusalem collapsed with great loss of life). A patient was brought to the emergency room after being buried alive, conscious but shocked and unable to breathe on his own. I worked on him using the relaxation techniques I had learned in the course and, in half an hour, his pulse and blood pressure were normal. In three days, he was discharged. I really do feel that his response and overall quick recovery were due to the exercises we practiced together for that hour in the emergency room.”
The study, “Caring for the Caregivers: Results of an Extended, Five-Component Stress-Reduction Intervention for Hospital Staff,” is highlighted in the November 7, 2015 online issue of Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Sarah Sallon, Founder and Director of Hadassah’s Natural Medicine Research Center (NMRC), Deborah Katz-Eisner, Principal Instructor and Coordinator of NMRC’s Mind-Body Program, and Hila Yaffe, Clinical Research Coordinator, along with Tali Bdolah-Abram of the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Medicine, bring out that nurses are burdened with high responsibility, the need to multi-task, shift work with disrupted sleep, low social support, constrained decision making, and constant exposure to suffering and dying. Many nurses, they add, also suffer from low-back pain since they regularly have to lift patients—all contributing to high stress and burnout.
The study team suggests that the Hadassah program be tested among staff in other highly stressful professions such as the police, military, fire fighters, and teaching, with appropriate modifications to address the specific nature of stress in those professions.
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