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The Daily Rundown — The Latest News Affecting Women & Girls in Our Region

By Mariah Craven on December 6th, 2011

In today’s rundown: A special after school guest for the students at Horton’s Kids.  A look at why unemployment is so high in some parts of DC even though there are many jobs available.  Plus, analysis of the latest unemployment numbers and what they mean for women.

— Tomorrow afternoon the students at Horton’s Kids will have some special help with their homework — U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be visiting the nonprofit during its weekly tutoring session.  The visit is part of the 2011 Combined Federal Campaign.  Horton’s Kids is a Women’s Foundation Grantee Partner.

— Washington, DC has plenty of jobs and, in some wards, plenty of unemployment. The disconnect, reports DCentric, is that many residents are lacking the skills and credentials they need to get jobs.  DCentric is looking into what can be done to help unskilled residents find jobs.

— More than 300,000 women dropped out of the labor force last month, according to The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), which analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. IWPR — a Women’s Foundation Grantee Partner — also found that women who maintain families without a spouse have much higher unemployment rates than other groups.

6 Responses to “The Daily Rundown — The Latest News Affecting Women & Girls in Our Region”

  1. Tuti Says:

    thanks for always pointing out the important statistics – any chance of reading some positive successes you have seen addressing these issues? :)

  2. Mariah Craven Says:

    Thanks for pointing that out! We’ll have to work harder on making the connection. In the meantime, our staff is working on a number of blog posts about the exciting work that we’re doing, so please keep an eye out for those in the coming weeks!

  3. younan Says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am Younan a Social worker from Pakistan and need to work on Human Rights especially women rights and health of women and children ,Therefore, we a founded an Organization Community Support through Development Programme (CSDP ) in the year of 2008 by a group of development professionals associated with various development organizations of Pakistan. The NGO, later on, was registered with Joint Stock Companies Islamabad, Government of Pakistan under the Societies Act XXI of 1860.
    CSDP foresee a society free of all kind of discrimination. Motivated by our concern for the country’s poverty, peace and citizen rights affecting mostly women, children and the common man, CSDP has been undertaking community projects to access to primary education, basic health and hygiene facilities to common men and women of Pakistan and move towards sustainable development.

    In order to ensure peace and protection in the society, CSDP wants to develop partnerships among community (the beneficiary), various development, donor funding entities and government departments in upcoming days. The Organization has the main objective of empowering community through equal justice, opportunities to reduce poverty from the society by mobilizing community and transform their lives towards a prosperous and peaceful future through equitable and sustainable use of resources in the rural and urban area of Pakistan in the field of social development.

    CSDP has been working in Gilgit Baltistan, the most neglected part of Pakistan where shocking stories of women and young girls suicidal are developing. It is noticed with great concerns that for the last few years a ratio of 90% of young girls’ suicidal cases has occurred in district Ghizer, Gilgit-Baltistan Province of Pakistan which is increasing day by day – a humanitarian intensive and sensitive issue. CSDP wants to work to on emergency level to save the lives of women and girls protecting human rights of this area. To combat this social (cultural and religious) evil, CSDP wants to deliver its services in the following areas:

    1. Contact directly with the suffering families and give legal and social support;
    2. Conduct awareness raining campaigns regarding human rights;
    3. Economic empowerment through capacity building, skill development;
    4. Any other initiative which the donor would want to include.
    We are currently raising funds, on emergency, to combat this gender biased but un-avoiding (women and girls suicidal) issue of District Ghizer, Gilgit-Baltistan of Pakistan.
    In this regard, we would like to seek financial support you could extend to us. Such amount you give will help us to protect precious lives of young girls of this for-flung but most neglected geographical part of Pakistan – a human rights issue of Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan in the name of culture and religious restrictions for womenfolk.

    We thank you for giving priority to this sensitive issue and hope for your kind reply.

    Sincerely yours,

    Ms. Younan Saadat
    Executive Director
    Community Support through Development Programs (CSDP)
    Office, Suit # 305, 3rd Floor, Masawat Building, G-7/1, Zero Point Islamabad – Pakistan

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