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Domestic Violence in Real Life

Every day, thousands of women suffer from domestic violence. This year in Israel, 12,000 women were treated for abuse in battered women’s centers across Israel.

CHW, along with World WIZO, are leaders in advocating for women’s rights and issues. Both CHW and World WIZO stand 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.

That is why we were so connected to this impactful time-lapse video that shows the visual impact of domestic violence on its victim through taking a selfie a day.

While the video is a parody originally created for a Croatian audience, it has had a universal impact and been widely received for the harsh truth it illustrates.

The main message it aims to share is that we must take an active role in preventing domestic violence and the need for intervention.

For more than 100 years, CHW has proudly worked together with World WIZO in supporting women shelters that help victims of domestic violence escape the dangerous world they are in and regain their freedoms.

World WIZO Making an Impact

Watch this powerful video that highlights the remarkable impact that WIZO has on Israeli society, and internationally, to promote and advance women’s’ rights.

As CHW shared, WIZO undertook a special project for International Women’s Day, the installation of a physical glass ceiling in the centre of Tel Aviv. The goal was to encourage women to break the glass ceiling and aim higher.

WIZO’s primary focus is to empower women through eliminating violence against women, promoting women’s rights, ensuring gender equality, and increasing female leaders. CHW supports WIZO in its endeavors through various life-changing projects including women’s shelters, empowerment programs for women and girls, support groups for single parents, and much more.

Every day, WIZO, with the help CHW, is impacting women’s lives.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling (Intl Women's Day)

WIZO raised the bar in central Tel Aviv on International Women's Day by smashing the glass ceiling on gender inequality in a very innovative way. In keeping with the WIZO ethos of elevating the status of women, we, in Israel, are encouraged to aim higher because we can and because we must.

Posted by World WIZO on Monday, March 19, 2018

Hadassah Performs Rare Operation on Unborn Baby

Original article posted on hadassah.org here.

A woman arrived to Hadassah Hospital in labour; however, the medical team quickly discovered that the baby had a congenital disorder known as Stickler Syndrome; a hereditary condition that can cause facial and eye abnormalities, hearing loss, and joint problems, and required immediate surgery prior to being born.

The team of doctors, including an obstetrician, otolaryngologists, neonatologists, pulmonologists, cardiologist, and anthropologist, worked together as they performed a tracheostomy to save the infant’s life.

During the unique procedure, the doctors pulled out on the baby’s head and shoulders to unblock his air passages. During this time, the infant remained attached to the placenta. Only after the procedure was successfully completed did the doctors deliver the baby via C-Section. 

This rare operation saved the child’s life! Had it not been for the medical intervention the infant would not have been able to breathe on his own.

Today, only two weeks since the birth, the baby is doing well! 

The CHW Center for Clinical Training & Community Care at Hadassah Academic College

Ben* is a five-year-old child who was referred to the CHW Center for Clinical Training & Community Care for speech therapy at age three.

Ben is a very intelligent little boy. However, when he arrived to the CHW Center, he was unable to express himself. Very quickly, the speech pathologists were able to diagnose Ben with verbal Apraxia. Apraxia is a speech disorder that causes people, including many children like Ben, to have difficulty articulating themselves.

When Ben began treatment, he could only say two consonants correctly and spoke few, single-syllabled words.

For two years, Ben received speech therapy at the CHW Center. The treatment method that the speech and language pathologists together with the audiologists felt would be best for Ben was a structured and graded therapy approach which emphasized teaching Ben new sounds to say while increasing the complexity and length of the new words.

After 18 months he began to speak fluently. Today, Ben is in kindergarten and does not require any further intervention.

As a result of the CHW Center, Ben’s life has been remarkably changed. He learns alongside the other children his age, at the same rate, and with no disadvantage; his parents are so grateful to Hadassah Academic College and CHW for supporting them and their precious son on this journey.

*Name changed for confidentiality