Editorials for 2013

Editorials provided by contributing members of WRC.


Guest Editorial January/February 2013 – REFLECTIONS ON A RESOLUTION

 

“No pills, injections, liquids, operations or magic.
No fuss, only simple changes – small goals that produce big, long term-wins.”

Many people resolve to make a fresh start when the New Year arrives. Frequently,
that involves attempting to adopt some new habits to become healthier. And to that end,
research now shows that it is the small goals that score long-term wins and more happiness.

As a registered nurse and health coach, I am constantly on the prowl for evidence based information
that will help my clients – and this is what I find really helps – yes, it’s calories in verses calories
out and yes, it’s WHAT calories in verses WHAT calories out, but there’s even more…
Now before you all scroll out of this article or turn the page because there are only twenty-four
hours in a day – therefore doing more is impossible, please bear with me a moment while we
discuss life on Okinawa.

Okinawa has interested health scientists for decades, because the population is considered to be
among the healthiest in the world. Okinawa has the greatest number of super centenarians in the
world and Okinawans regularly live happy, healthy lives until they are 110!
Their diet, of course, is wonderful – lots of vegetables and fruit and non-GMO tofu and sea
vegetables. Rigorous exercise is a part of life – and this is where the MORE comes in. Okinawans
have a low stress life with strong family and community ties. Community: a sense of authentic
connection; the opportunity to give and receive support; a place where people ‘circle the wagons’
in times of trial and laugh and celebrate together when times are good. Ladies, we have that right
here, don’t we – at FRWRC.

Being part of an authentic, supportive community is good for your health! How wonderful, how
easy, how important is that?

So I invite you to join with me and adopt a New Year’s resolution with regard to FRWRC. Mine is
this – in 2013, I resolve to pay greater attention to the newsletters and emails I receive from FRWRC.
I resolve to show up to more events and give of my resources whenever I can.

After all… it’s good for my health.

Anne Palmer

(Anne is a registered nurse and health coach, trained in Integrative Nutrition. She provides private
and group coaching and workshops, both in the community and at her office in Winchester, VA.
You can find her at nourishyourselfwell.net. )

 

 


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Spring 2013 – We too Dare to Dream.

A little over a year ago, I was not aware that the FRWRC existed.
Now, after a year on the Board, I continue to feel privileged to be
part of this organization. When I had the opportunity to be part of
the Dare to Dream Grant Committee, it was an added pleasure. We
recently finished our Grant cycle for 2013 and were able to award a
total of six grants. The hard part is not being able to help all of our
applicants.

Reading each of the applications gave me such pleasure to see what
these women are working toward for themselves, their families and
the community. One striking commonality is the commitment to
“giving back.” When we held interviews with the finalists, they were
so articulate about how this giving back was part of what they hoped
to achieve. It was very impressive.

I know that when the Women’s Resource Center was established, it
was with the dream of providing a networking mechanism for women
in Warren County. So we started with a dream. This year FRWRC
is making a commitment to our awardees to work more closely with
them in a mentoring role whenever possible. In addition, we were
able to find a few ways to assist applicants who did not receive a grant
through contacts and/or personal assistance. FRWRC now has a new
dream and we dare to work to make it a reality.

We are so pleased that we have an endowment in place for the
Elaine Bromfield Memorial Fund Scholarship and hope that we can
achieve the same goal for our Dare to Dream Grant program. Such
an endowment will enable us to continue to award grants that do not
rely on each year’s fundraising success. The women in our community
have demonstrated what they can do with the small grants we are
able to award. They have furthered their education, established or
strengthened small businesses that benefit the community as a whole
and clearly have become stronger contributors to the economic
stability of Warren County as a whole. How wonderful it would be
if we could expand this program. We could perhaps make grants that
would support multiple-year studies and do more in terms of follow
up strengthening.

Our grant program is really quite small, around $5,000 to $8,000 each
year for all the grants combined. Every year we get more applicants
and the quality of proposals is also growing. If there is any way that
you can help us out to begin to build an investment fund, the results
could be dramatic. I didn’t start this editorial with the idea of asking
for money, but here it is. Dare to make a difference for those who
dare to dream!

Rosalie Huisinga Norem

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Editorial Fall 2013 – Literacy is a Women’s Issue

 

The second Sunday of this month was International Literacy Day. Back in 1965, some years before “women’s issues” were at the political and social forefront, literacy was considered a global priority and a human right. Since 1965 International Literacy Day has been observed annually on September 8. Established by UNESCO, the annual observance focuses on global literacy. This year more than 774 million of the world’s population, cannot read or write. It is estimated that 123 million children also lack literacy skills and do not have access to education.

So is literacy really a women’s issue? You bet it is.

Nearly two thirds of those 774 million are women.

Since 1965 it has become clear that focus on literacy puts women squarely in view. Evidence is irrefutable that literate women change and transform their families, their communities and the wider world.
In his address on International Literacy Day in 2010, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that transformative power. “Literate women are more likely to send their children, especially their girls, to school,” he said. “By acquiring literacy, women become more economically self-reliant and more actively engaged in their country’s social, political and cultural life. All evidence shows that investment in literacy for women yields high development dividends.” Investment in women’s literacy, “improves livelihoods, leads to better child and maternal health, and increases girls’ access to education,” he stated. “In short, newly literate women have a positive ripple effect on all development indicators.”

In 2010 UNESCO and the UN Human Settlements Program (UN-HABITAT) announced a joint program to assist the Afghan Government reach its goal of reducing illiteracy by 50 per cent by 2015. Afghanistan has a 26 per cent literacy rate among people over the age of 15, and only 12 per cent among girls and women over 15.

Just two years after the program was announced, on the Pakistani-Afghan border, Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl was shot in the head by the Taliban. She was shot for advocating education for girls. Is literacy really a women’s issue? Malala says it is and millions agree! The young schoolgirl sparked a worldwide movement from her hospital bed and with dignity and courage continues to speak out for women and girls’ education. She is in the running for a Nobel Peace Prize and has already won the Nobel Peace Prize for Children.

Nearly fifty years since the first International Literacy Day, women still need to advocate for their children, especially their daughters, to be educated. For many the struggle is harder than ever. Literacy is a global issue but it is women who hold the power to make change.

Beth Iden

 

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Editorials 2013