International Women’s Day Week- “Here’s to strong women: May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” + What to Do About Coronavirus Now!

“Here’s to strong women: May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” –Unknown

This week:

  • Celebrating Women While Recognizing We Still Have a Long Way to Go to Create Gender Equality
    • Generation Equality, International Women’s Day 2020 Campaign, 100 Quotes to Inspire Us, and a Century of Women and Their Influence
  • Getting Real- Strong Women Facing Indescribable Struggles All Around the World
    • Six years ago, Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls. Where are they now?
    • The struggles of a young woman, who’s was a Principal and is a mother in Idlib
  • The Coronavirus Pandemic
    • What We Can or Should Do Now
    • The ‘One Planet, One People’ Coronavirus Corrective with Dr. Ken D
    • Coronavirus Scams to Watch Out For
  • Gun Violence Prevention Through a Racial Equity Framework
    • Join this Webinar next week


I Am Generation Equality:
Realizing Women’s Rights
Twenty-five years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action—a progressive roadmap for gender equality—it’s time to take stock of progress and bridge the gaps that remain through bold, decisive actions.


International Women’s Day 2020 campaign theme is #EachforEqual

An equal world is an enabled world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.

We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.

Let’s all be #EachforEqual


Share These 100 International Women’s Day Quotes to Support Women’s Rights:

If you’re not familiar with it, International Women’s Day began in the early 1900s and is a “a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.” To help you spread the word and capture the spirit of IWD all year long please read—and share (using their hashtags, #IWD2020 and #EachforEqual)—this list of 100 International Women’s Day quotes.

Why TIME Decided to Revisit a Century of Women and Influence:

Throughout its history, editors of TIME aimed their curiosity at those who broke free of gravity. Week after week, year after year, the magazine featured an individual on the cover, often from Washington but also from Wall Street or Hollywood, from foreign palaces and humming factories, all outstanding and almost always men. The “great man theory of history,” so aligned with the American gospel of bootstraps and bravado, meant that power boiled down to biography, and to be on the cover of TIME meant that you had, literally, made big news.

I wonder how different those weekly assessments would have been had there been any women in the room where they were made. It would be many decades before TIME’s leadership included many women, 90 years before a woman ran the whole thing. Likewise in Congress and courtrooms and corner offices and ivory towers, it was largely men who were writing the first draft of history, deciding what mattered, and who mattered, and why. So now that we are marking anniversaries, it was an irresistible exercise to go back and look again, at different ways of wielding power, and the different results derived. Women were wielding soft power long before the concept was defined. On the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, TIME’s editors and collaborators revisited each year since 1920, looking for women whose reach transcended their time. Their influence in public and private life was not always positive; part of this exercise is acknowledging failures and blind spots as well as genius and vision.


“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Socrates


Strong Women Facing Indescribable Struggles All Around the World-

Six years ago, Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls. Where are they now?
The ‘Chibok girls’ kidnapping sparked international outrage. More than a hundred are still missing. Today the survivors are trying to rebuild their lives.


Despite Syria-Turkey Cease-Fire, Life is Difficult for Civilians in Idlib
The struggles of a young woman, who’s was a Principal and is a mother in Idlib, reflect the hardships faced by millions of Syrians as their city came under a new round of attacks.


What We Can Do About Coronavirus-
Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now: Tomas Pueyo – Medium
While a long read with a high level of urgency call for immediate action, this is a thorough assessment from one point of view.
I will leave it to you quant-masters to poke holes in the data, methodology, or recommendations.

Scam of the Week: Exploiting the Coronavirus: Watch out for These Scams!

Look out! The bad guys are preying on your fear and sending all sorts of scams related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Below are some examples of the types of scams you should be on the lookout for:

  1. Emails that appear to be from organizations such as the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), or the WHO (World Health Organization). The scammers have crafted emails that appear to come from these sources, but they actually contain malicious phishing links or dangerous attachments.
  2. Emails that ask for charity donations for studies, doctors, or victims that have been affected by the COVD-19 Coronavirus. Scammers often create fake charity emails after global phenomenons occur, like natural disasters, or health scares like the COVID-19.
  3. Emails that claim to have a “new” or “updated” list of cases of Coronavirus in your area. These emails could contain dangerous links and information designed to scare you into clicking on the link.

Remain cautious! And always remember the following to protect yourself from scams like this:

  • Never click on links or download attachments from an email that you weren’t expecting.
  • If you receive a suspicious email that appears to come from an official organization such as the WHO or CDC, report the email to the official organization through their website.
  • If you want to make a charity donation, go to the charity website of your choice to submit your payment. Type the charity’s web address in your browser instead of clicking on any links in emails, or other messages.

Stop, Look, and Think. Don’t be fooled.
The KnowBe4 Security Team


“Out of all-inclusive, unconditional compassion comes the healing of all mankind.”— Dr. David Hawkins


One Planet, One People
The ‘One Planet, One People’ Coronavirus Corrective with Dr. Ken D:
From the moment Seals and Crofts sang “One Planet, One People, Please in perfect harmony, I was enamored by the Bahai Faith’s declaration that we’re members of the same family. The survival of Earth’s inhabitants is, in large part, based on our ability and willingness to realize that we’re living on the same anthill, so showing one another kindness and compassion, we make the most of being interconnected, and our better angels prevail.

One Planet, One People, Please by Seals and Crofts
A musical interlude…


If You Are Local-

SDG Webinar: “Gun Violence in California: Intervention and Interruption Strategies”
On March 17 (9 AM – 10:30 AM), SDG is partnering with the Hope and Heal Fund to host an informative webinar for California funders, on how to address the public health crisis of gun violence, through a racial equity framework.

Learn how we can make our communities safer. Webinar speakers will be subject-matter experts on gun violence and the many drivers of this issue, including intimate partner violence, community violence, and suicide.

Speakers include:

  • April Zeoli, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University. Dr. Zeoli conducts research in the prevention of intimate partner violence and is currently studying the implementation of firearm relinquishment procedures for those intimate partner violence offenders who can no longer legally possess them.
  • Bishop Cornelius Bowser, Co-Founder of Community Assistance Support Team (C.A.S.T.). Bishop Bowser is a former gang member and gang expert. He is a volunteer for the San Diego Compassion Project, which ministers to homicide victims’ families, and one of the founding members of C.A.S.T., which helps to reduce gang violence in the City of San Diego.
  • Stan Collins, a suicide prevention specialist with more than two decades of experience. Stan currently works as a consultant, focusing on technical assistance in the creation and implementation of suicide prevention curricula and strategies. He participated in the development and roll-out of the “Stop Firearm Suicide San Diego” campaign.
  • (event moderator) Brian Malte, Executive Director at Hope and Heal Fund: The Fund to Stop Gun Violence in California. Created in 2016 by philanthropic leaders, Hope and Heal Fund is the only collaborative fund solely dedicated to preventing gun violence in California.

CLICK HERE to register for this webinar.

Thanks this week go to all the strong, compassionate and amazing women in my life who inspire me every day, and who count on me to be a strong ally in creating a gender equal world.
Thanks also to Ken D for the One Planet, One People reminder.

Would you pay it forward this week? Our world needs You.

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“There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise.” –W.E.B. Dubois

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