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SHEVILLAGE

Here’s a compilation of some of the fabulous, year-round fairs, festival offerings and stuff to do that the Western North Carolina region has to offer. Festival organizers: please contact: info@sheville.org if you wish to be considered for inclusion into SheVille of WNC.
Outdoor Adventures     Hot Springs Natural Hot Mineral Waters     Chimney Rock Park     History at Hand     North Carolina Festivals     Explore Asheville Events Calendar     Asheville Herb Festival

 

Fatimah’ Shabazz

Our solar eclipse and summer solstice…Eclipses wash away the past to start a whole new cycle of energy. Powerful doorways to create major shifts and creative cycles of energy. The Solar & Lunar Eclipse generally come in pairs. The Solar Eclipse opens the heart for the lunar eclipse to wash away the old. Freedom is one of the themes of this eclipse…receiving and envisioning.


What It Will Take to Get to Equal Pay

Have you heard the one about the CEO who sits down to eat with two workers, one male and one female? The table holds a plate with twelve cookies. After scooping eleven onto his own plate, the CEO turns to the male worker and says, “Watch out for that woman. She’s going to try to take a bite of your cookie.”


More and more women are demanding their fair share—not through a drop in pay for men, but through changes in how work and family time are valued. The result will be a boon for everyone, except those whose pockets bulge as a result of discrimination.  Click to read the article


In Ordinary Times

In Ordinary Time

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.  Robert Frost

 

Year after year I await forsythia, thrilled

to see the tiny fireworks.

I spy the peony’s purple velvet

fronds in quiet explosion.

 

But since I’ve been alive

there has been a backstory that competes

with each emergent spring.

It’s a black story that drains color from the sky.

Do you know the story

about the accidents, the nuclear accidents?

 

Soon I expect to see daylily, lilac,

viburnum’s miniature and burgeoning bouquets

waiting to flourish.

Life goes on…

 

The story begins

in New Mexico, nineteen forty-five

then Greenland

Britain

Mexico

the Soviet Union and Japan,

then Baneberry at Yucca Flat

Morocco

and Three Mile Island

Chernobyl

Canada

and Zaragosa, Spain

Costa Rica

India

and Tokaimura, Japan

Panama

Thailand

 

Fukushima

 

Ordinarily it’s true that crocus, jonquil and quince quietly

arrive   live   flourish

no accident life

goes on…ordinarily that’s true.

 

 

©Jean Cassidy   Asheville, NC   March 29, 2011

 

A poem of thanks to all those folks at www.NoNuclearWasteinWNC.com who are working to disseminate the word throughout our regional community about the proposed dumping of nuclear waste in WNC and what we can do about it.

 


Saudi Women to Subaru: Stop Selling Cars Where Women Can’t Drive Them

***PRESS RELEASE***

Saudi Women to Subaru: Stop Selling Cars Where Women Can’t Drive Them

Saudi activists call on Subaru, which markets heavily to women, to pull out of Saudi Arabia until women get the right to drive; Change.org campaign already attracting 1,000 signatures an hour.
 
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – More than 1,000 people an hour are signing a new viral Change.org campaign created by a coalition of leading Saudi Arabian women’s rights activists calling on Subaru to stop selling cars in the oil-rich kingdom until a ban on women driving is lifted.

Saudi Women for Driving, a coalition of leading Saudi women’s rights activists, bloggers and academics campaigning for the right to drive, sent an open letter today to the senior management of the Japanese transportation conglomerate Fuji Heavy Industries, which owns Subaru.

“While Subaru is marketed heavily at women, your company is simultaneously making hundreds of millions selling your cars in the only country on earth where women aren’t allowed to drive,” the Saudi women’s coalition wrote to the car manufacturer. “We write to you with a simple request: that Subaru publicly pledge to pull out of Saudi Arabia until such time as women are allowed to drive.”

Saudi Women for Driving plans to launch similar campaigns against a number of other car companies, but decided to target Subaru first due to the company’s heavy marketing of the Subaru brand to women.

Within hours of the campaign’s launch, Saudi Women for Driving had recruited more than 5,000 supporters on Change.org, the world’s fastest growing platform for social change.

“It’s still early, but recruiting 1,000 supporters an hour while the U.S. is sleeping is an unprecedented level of growth for a campaign,” said Change.org’s Human Rights Editor Benjamin Joffe-Walt. “The amount of momentum these Saudi women have managed to build in one month is incredible: first they successfully mobilized more than 70,000 people to help a Saudi mother arrested for driving her own car, then they successfully led a month-long campaign to get the United States’ top diplomat to publicly stand with them, and now they are taking on their most ambitious campaign yet. I can’t wait to see what happens next.”

The Saudi women’s Subaru campaign follows a significant victory for Saudi women’s rights’ activists. Saudi Women for Driving recently called on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to publicly support their right to drive. Her spokesperson responded, and said Clinton was doing so through “quiet diplomacy.” But Saudi women pushed back on that approach, launching a massive Change.org campaign to convince Clinton to reconsider and telling the secretary of state yesterday that “quiet diplomacy is not what we need right now.” At a press conference two hours later, the top U.S. diplomat publicly declared her support for the Saudi women’s right to drive campaigns, calling them “brave”.

Saudi Women for Driving is an informal consortium of Saudi women’s rights activists pulled together after the arrest of Manal al-Sharif, a Saudi mother jailed for driving her car. The group seeks to use online campaigning to build international support for Saudi women’s right to drive. More than 100,000 people in 156 countries have joined Saudi Women for Driving campaigns on Change.org.


Saudi Women’s Right to Drive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2011

Saudi Women Call on Sec. Hillary Clinton to Publicly Support Their Right to Drive
Saudi women’s rights activists inspired by the Arab Spring call on Secretary of State Clinton to make a public statement supporting Saudi women’s right to drive
 
WASHINGTON, DC – More than 10,000 people from all 50 US states have endorsed a an open letter by a coalition of leading Saudi Arabian women’s rights activists calling on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to issue a public statement supporting their right to drive.

The initiative follows the success of a series of campaigns by the women’s coalition to free and acquit Manal al-Sharif, a Saudi mother dubbed the ‘Saudi Rosa Parks’ after she was arrested for driving her car. Campaigns led by Saudi women on Manal’s behalf were joined by more than 60,000 people in 156 countries through Change.org, the world’s fastest growing advocacy platform.

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world in which women are not allowed to drive a car or even ride a bicycle. With no public transportation system, getting to work, school and medical appointments is complicated, expensive and dangerous for Saudi women. The dependence of Saudi women on men for transportation is repeatedly exploited by abusive fathers, brothers, husbands and hired drivers, and earlier this week a Saudi woman reported she had been raped at gunpoint by her hired driver.

“We were encouraged to see media reports that US diplomats have quietly pressured the Saudi government to give women the right to drive,” reads the open letter from leading Saudi women’s rights activists to Secretary Clinton. “But given the recent arrests of women trying to drive, now is the time for the US to show its muscle and make that pressure public… We believe that you making a public statement of support for Saudi Arabia opening the country’s roads to women would be a game changing moment.”

“Secretary Clinton, you are a friend. Indeed, some of us have met you personally during your decades-long journey as a champion of women’s rights all over the world,” the letter continues. “Now, as we build the largest Saudi women’s protest movement in decades, we need your help.”

Saudi women plan to take the streets en masse on June 17.

Change.org said that Saudi Women for Driving, the consortium of Saudi women’s rights activists, has seen unprecedented success in their online campaigns.  www.Change.org

 


The GIRL EFFECT Data – Why Pay Attention to Girls?

When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children. (United Nations Population Fund, State of World Population 1990.)

An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages by 10 to 20 percent. An extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25 percent.(George Psacharopoulos and Harry Anthony Patrinos, “Returns to Investment in Education: A Further Update,” Policy Research Working Paper 2881[Washington, D.C.: World Bank, 2002].)

The Nike and NoVo foundations have announced a combined $100 million investment in the Girl Effect initiative, which works to help adolescent girls in developing countries bring social and economic change to their families, communities, and countries.

More about Jennifer Buffett, President and Co-Chair of Novo


Women in Business – Information and Resources

American Business Women’s Association

To bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership; education, networking support and national recognition. One of the biggest and best benefits of membership is getting together with friends at “regional” conferences where the atmosphere is more intimate and the schedule allows for a full day of ABWA Leadership Training along with professional development and networking opportunities. That won’t change. You’ll still be able to take advantage of all that and more. Website 

Office of Women’s Business Ownership – SBA U.S. Small Business Administration

The Office of Women’s Business Ownership’s mission is to establish and oversee a network of Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) throughout the United States and its territories.  Through the management and technical assistance provided by the WBCs, entrepreneurs, especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged, are offered comprehensive training and counseling on a vast array of topics in many languages to help them start and grow their own businesses.  Website

The Asheville Branch of the American Association of University Women

The Asheville Branch of the AAUW traces its history from 1915 when sixteen local women college graduates organized what would locally become AAUW Asheville.  Its work in Asheville has been ongoing and influential in the community, nation, and world, assisting women through such related projects as refugee relief and improvement of public schools. Its history is replete with names of local women who made significant inroads for women and girls.  Website

WomanOwned.com – Business Networks for Women

WomanOwned was formed in 1998, and since then we have provided the information, tools, networking opportunities and advice that have helped hundreds of thousands of women. Women just like you – starting or growing their business. Website

Womencorp

Womencorp is an international company that provides high quality experiential learning programs and leadership development for women in business. We are made up of a team of corporate business leaders and entreprenenurs who have achieved success in the business world. We joined forces for the purpose of helping women in business succeed.Our mission is to help women executives and women business owners to successfully lead profitable businesses that offer valuable products and services that employ more people, positively impact communities and change the world for the better.
The “experiential training” for women managers is done through teleseminars, learning workshops, mentoring and coaching. We also offer CDs, books and DVDs as an additional resource.  Website


Women and Work—A Tapestry of Our Lives

 Women’s History Month is over for this year. But I confess I haven’t been in much of a celebratory mood. March 8th (2011)was the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.  The UN theme for the celebration was “Equal Access to Education, Training and Technology: Pathway to Decent Work for Women.”  Ironically, this March was also the 100th year commemoration of the tragedy of the Shirtwaist Triangle Factory Fire in New York City.  On March 25, 1911, 146 people died from a fire caused by unsafe workplace conditions.  

 

 


Womansong’s Regional Scholarships and Special Funds

 

Womansong is Asheville’s oldest and largest women’s chorus which started almost 25 years ago.  Over time more than $45,000 from proceeds from concerts and donations have helped women in transition make new beginnings. 
 
At a recent concert, Womansong performed the song “Help Somebody.”  A line in that song captures the philosophy of the New Start Program (NSP), Womansong’s charitable arm:  “Got plenty and then some, what do I do…I go out and help somebody get plenty and then some, too, that’s what I do.”
 
For more than twenty years the New Start Program (NSP) has provided grants to fill the gap for women in need when other funds are not available.  More recently, the Womansong NSP has begun funding scholarships to help women improve their lives and better their prospects for meaningful employment.
 
In 2009, the NSP set up the first annual New Start Scholarship at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College to assist a woman entering a degree program.  The recipient of that scholarship in 2010 was Katonya Owens (pictured at Scholarship Luncheon at A-B Tech with co-chair of the New Start Fund, Nita Walker.) Katonya is working on two Associate Degree programs in Automotive Systems Technology and Heavy Equipment Technology.
 
In December 2010, the NSP established eight more scholarships, four at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and four at Haywood Community College to be awarded to women entering non-degree diploma or certificate programs.  Generally, these programs can be completed in a shorter time period so that recipients can more quickly find employment.  Additionally, Womansong has set up a special fund at both A-B Tech and Haywood Community College to help students who are in need of assistance pay for the initial immunizations required for their programs.
 
Womansong is committed to the New Start Program and believes that by giving these women a hand, the women, their families, and their communities are all uplifted.
 
For more information about Womansong, upcoming concerts, and the New Start Program, please visit www.womansong.org.  Press Release from Marilyn Hubbard, Womansong Publicity, 828-686-9010  hubbardcea@ioa.com  Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or need more information.  Thank you.


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