By Nancy Aird In 2015, the world leaders adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to ensure women and girls’ rights across all goals for justice and inclusive economies by 2030. The United Nations (UN) Women site provides daily news, blogs, and training to promote these SDGs. The UN Women Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) provides open access to advanced skills and knowledge acquired by training and sharing to advance gender equality, women’s empowerment, and women’s rights. Many of these courses are self-paced and free. Catalog offerings currently available include the following categories: Leadership & Governance: Economic Empowerment [...]
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For Teachers A selection of resources for teachers https://womenshistorymonth.gov/for-teachers/ Digital Classroom Resources - Explore all of the resources the National Women’s History Museum has created. There are lesson plans, biographies, posters, primary sources, and more. https://www.womenshistory.org/students-educators/digital-classroom-resources Lesson Plans on Notable Women and Women’s History in General. https://www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/womens-history-month-resources Domestic Abuse Survivors National Domestic Violence Hotline: https://www.thehotline.org/ Get Help Now – WA State Coalition Against Domestic Violence: https://wscadv.org/get-help-now/ The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV): https://ncadv.org/resources Shelters and Additional Assistance Programs Mary’s Place - https://www.marysplaceseattle.org/ Noel House Programs - https://ccsww.org/get-help/shelter-homeless-services/noel-house-programs/ Dignity for Divas - https://www.dignityfordivas.org/programs Scholarships Washington Women in Need (WWIN) Star [...]
By Kellie Hale First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt Courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library archives. Did you know that First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt is considered the initial supporter of women in the field of emergency management? Mrs. Roosevelt encouraged her husband to appoint Florence Kerr as project lead to research and implement ways on how women can utilize their skills during World War II. The two women helped establish the development of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD). The purpose of the OCD was to bring communities across the United States health programs and medical care [...]
By Linda Crerar The United Nations has sponsored International Women’s Day since 1975. When adopting its resolution on the observance of International Women’s Day, the United Nations General Assembly cited the following reasons: “To recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.” Women’s History Month celebrates women’s contributions to history, culture, and society in the United States since 1987. Women’s history is full of trailblazers in [...]
By Deb Moller When Toya Moore was a child, her family doctor provided care in a hospital setting. When she’d go for a check-up, she saw a sea of white people in white coats. One day, she saw something different – a black woman in a white coat. The woman was kind and professional, excellent at her job. Toya learned she was a medical assistant. The impression she made was so strong that Toya decided to become a medical assistant one day. Another black woman in a white coat. Another beacon of possibility to a black child in [...]
By Deb Moller Imagine a book of inspiring stories about women leading interesting lives. A teenage girl working as a wireman for the local electric company. A sheep shearer in New Zealand. A sailor living aboard a boat for seven years. A woman who taught Bill Gates to use a technology program. A bee-keeper. An engineering student who did poorly in her college classes yet became one of the first to switch from manual to electronic drafting. A white-hat hacker. A student at the bottom of her class at Pennisula College due to numerical dyslexia. A United Nations [...]
In the 2019 legislative session Insurance Commissioner, Mike Kreidler proposed legislation to help our state prepare for and mitigate climate disasters. The Senate Bill 5106 was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee and created a workgroup represented by 27 organizations including legislators, state agencies, insurance companies, Tribal leaders, municipal groups, and other key parties to review and make recommendations on how to best coordinate and improve disaster resilience work in Washington state. The law took effect on July 28, and a final report, Disaster Resiliency Work Group Final Report - November 2020, was delivered to the state legislature on [...]
By Nancy Aird March 3, 2011, marks the tenth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster. Japan faced this experience with “BOSAI,” a science that can save your life. Nationally this cultural idea of preparedness /resiliency evolved from the EDO period experiences of running urban fires. Today the nation is faced yearly with emergency response activation from earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, floods, landslides, snow, and volcano eruption. Disaster preparedness is exercised for and handled by all levels of society - national, community, personal, and schools. Check out Japanese insights and lessons for handling emergencies on [...]
In January, we marked the 321st anniversary of the last full-rip 9.0 Cascadia earthquake. In March, we note the 20th anniversary of the Nisqually earthquake. Even though we live in earthquake country, we aren’t ready for a significant event. Will we ever be? Is getting people to prepare an impossible pipe dream or a worthy goal? Why is it so difficult? Are Emergency Managers the right people to carry the preparedness message? If not, why not? If not, who is? This class will use research from applied behavioral science, the principles of adult education, and findings from marketing efforts to [...]
By Kellie Hale The world is continuing to see an increase in high temperatures, seasonal weather is shifting, with an increasing impact on weather events (e.g., snowstorms, floods, hurricanes, tornados, drought, etc.). The longer we put aside our need for climate change adaptation, the more difficult and expensive it will be in combating this major issue. What are adaptations? They refer to adjustments within our ecological, social, or economic systems impacted by climate change. These systems processes, practices, and structures will continue to see a growth in damages associated with climate change. On January 27, 2021, President Joe Biden took [...]