Category Archives: Advocacy

The Women that Kill, Abuse and Torture

We have struggled to comprehend the origins of female violence, painting female serial killers as reluctant sidekicks or psychotic femmes fatales. That needs to change. By Katharine Quarmby  From  Mosaic 2 June 2016 It’s the visit that we all hope we’ll never experience. The police arrive at your home to tell you that a family member has been murdered. For Marian Partington, 20 years of not knowing what happened to her sister Lucy ended with one such visit on a Saturday morning in March 1994. Lucy disappeared in December 1973 while waiting for a bus in Cheltenham. She was 21 years…

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What I wish happened when I got bullied

‘Whatever form it takes, bullying all boils down to a struggle for power, to the need to feel dominant’  Raisa Serafica @raisaserafica Published 10:03 AM, December 22, 2018      I don’t look back at my high school experience with fond memories as most of my friends do. It was in second year high school when I was bullied.  It wasn’t the typical form of bullying. I wasn’t kicked or punched in the face, nor was I publicly teased or mocked. No – my classmates were far more creative than most bullies. It all started when I heard them saying…

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Can Facebook stop you from committing suicide?

Will suicide prevention on social media work, or will it backfire?  Marguerite de Leon @margie_deleon Published 11:30 AM, March 08, 2015     MANILA, Philippines – “I hate this. It hurts too much. I want to end this now.” In the bottomless pit of oversharing that is Facebook, some posts can be more concerning than others. In the middle of all the memes and gripes over grumpy cab drivers, sometimes a status pops out that speaks volumes of a person’s psychological well-being, and you’re torn over whether you should do something about it.  The crisis in comforting I’ve been on…

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On New Year’s Day, pope says there’s nothing like a mother’s love

On New Year’s Day, pope says there’s nothing like a mother’s love Elise Harris Jan 1, 2019 SENIOR CORRESPONDENT Pope Francis incenses the altar as he celebrates a new year Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (Credit: AP Photo/Andrew Medichini.)   ROME – Pope Francis started the New Year heaping praise not only on the Virgin Mary but on all mothers, saying their love is the foundation of humanity and the cure for a world often divided and filled with bitterness. He praised mothers for the “heroism” they show “in self-giving, strength in compassion,…

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The most dangerous place for women is the home, a new UN study says

By Kara Fox, CNN Updated 22:16 PM PHT Mon, November 26, 2018 (CNN) — The most dangerous place for women is the home, according to a new UN study. Out of an estimated 87,000 women killed last year, some 50,000—or 58%—were killed by partners or family members, according to the 2018 report on gender-related killing of women and girls by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). More than a third of the women intentionally killed in 2017 were killed by a current or former partner, and 137 women are killed by family members every day, it said. While the majority…

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Effects of Child Abuse and Neglect

http://www.joyfulheartfoundation.org Every child who has experienced abuse or neglect will have their own response to the trauma. While some children have long-lasting effects, others are able to recover quicker and with ease. There is not a right or wrong way for a child to manage effects of the abuse and neglect they have suffered. What are some factors that can influence children’s responses to trauma? Age Developmental status Type of abuse and/or neglect How often and how long a child was abused How severe the abuse was The relationship between the child and the perpetrator What are some physical effects…

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How To Teach Your Kids About Other Cultures

Raising kids with a greater appreciation for differences can help make the world a better place.   By Caroline Bologna 10/19/2018 08:32pm ET  https://www.huffpost.com    BROOKE AUCHINCLOSS VIA GETTY IMAGES There are many benefits to talking to kids about diversity and other cultures. As racist and xenophobic sentiments fill news headlines, many parents are wondering how to instill values of acceptance and cultural understanding in their children. “It’s important to me for my sons to understand that people around the world are just like them and to have empathy for those people, understanding and real global awareness,” Florida mom Akeelah Kuraishi told…

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5 Little Ways To Show Your Kids The Importance Of Mental Health

From the “emotional volcano” method to a children’s book about mindfulness. By Taylor Pittman 10/12/2018 02:31pm ET | Updated October 12, 2018 https://www.huffpost.com    HERO IMAGES VIA GETTY IMAGES Mental health isn’t something only adults should prioritize. Here’s how to talk to your kids about taking care of their minds just as much as their bodies. When children scrape their knees, they know it’s an injury that needs to be treated. But when they suffer from something mentally, they might not know it’s just as important to have their minds cared for too. Maintaining good mental health should be considered a lesson not only…

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Why You Should Teach Your Kids The Real Words For Private Parts

Using cutesy language can do more harm than good. By Caroline Bologna 11/20/2018 05:49am ET     MICHAEL H VIA GETTY IMAGES The conversation around body parts and bodily autonomy is an important one to have early on.    There’s no shortage of serious conversations parents should have with their children. And in the age of the Me Too and Time’s Up movements, one fundamental lesson is the importance of our bodies and bodily autonomy. “Body awareness talks are the earliest conversations parents can have with young children to support their health and safety,” sex educator Melissa Carnagey said. Conversations about body parts and bodily autonomy lay the…

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8 of 10 children in the Philippines experienced violence

Sheila Crisostomo April 8, 2018 MANILA, Philippines — Eight in 10 children and young people in the Philippines have experienced some form of violence in their lifetime that usually begins at home. This is one of the findings of the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in their “National Baseline Study on Violence against Children (VAC),” the first ever national study on violence against children in the Philippines. The study showed that in the Philippines, “thousands of children are robbed of their childhood and suffer lifelong developmental challenges as a result of…

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For parents, ‘to love’ is the ultimate role

When it comes to raising children, it doesn’t matter who does what, or how  Krista Garcia @kristamgarcia Published 11:59 AM, June 21, 2017 Updated 11:59 AM, June 21, 2017 MANILA, Philippines – How far will parents go for their children? On Father’s Day, Eden released “Drayber,” the 2nd installment of the #YakapStories online series. It featured a person shuttling from job to job in a single day – first as a tricycle driver, then as a market vendor, and finally as a car washer. At the end, the person is revealed to be a mother, and we learn why she has…

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8 Things That Change Your Life When You Become a Mom

 https://youaremom.com/8-things-that-change-your-life-when-you-become-a-mom/?utm_medium=post&utm_source=website&utm_campaign=featured_post When you are pregnant there are things people don’t tell you… and even if you imagine them, there are things that change when you become a mom that you may not expect. Being a mother is something wonderful and any woman who is lucky enough to be one and to love her children above all, will know that life is not the same and never will be the way it was before. If you are not yet a mom but you will be soon, you should know some things that will change in your life as soon as you become a mom, and…

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5 Tips For Impatient Parents

 https://youaremom.com/5-tips-for-impatient-parents/ Patience is a virtue that must be strengthened when raising children, who will become reflections of ourselves in the future. Here are some important tips for impatient parents. As babies grow, so do their demands from mom and dad. As part of this growth process, it is important to arm yourself with patience and serenity. Do this in order to face each of their growing stages in the best way possible.  In general, impatient parents do not achieve the same results as those who decide to take motherhood and fatherhood with another attitude.There are situations that are undoubtedly complex and not easy to manage….

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Things Parents Should Never Post on Social Media

February 5, 2018 While posting photos of our children on social media may seem harmless, there are a number of things parents should keep in mind.           Not so long ago, sharing a photo or a video of our children meant loading it onto a computer and sending it by email, or putting              it onto a CD. That sounds unbearably tedious nowadays, but of course, it used to be even more complicated.  Today, with social media, sharing photos and videos of our children with family and friends has become so much…

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Hundreds of Mothers Attended a Mass Breastfeeding Event in the Philippines

By CASEY QUACKENBUSH  11:15 PM EDT http://time.com/5358364/philippines-breastfeeding-child-deaths/ Mothers participate in a breastfeeding event in Manila on Aug. 5, 2018.  Noel Celis—AFP/Getty Images Hundreds of Filipino mothers participated in a government-backed mass-breastfeeding event, publicly nursing their children in an effort to combat child deaths, AFP reports. The annual event drew more than 1,500 women to a Manila stadium where the moms breastfed their children in support of a public campaign to get more women to feed their babies breast milk over formula. “It’s an empowering moment,” Joyce Balido, 29, a first-time mother, told AFP. “It was very difficult to establish a milk supply at first….

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Life stands still for many women and girls in India during their period

      By Angela Dewan, CNN May 28, 2018   Menstrual Hygiene Day underscores stigma holding women back 04:30 (CNN)They’re skipping school, they’re excluded from sports and they’re shunned from places of worship — once a month, at least, when they’re menstruating. For many women and girls in India, even talking about periods is taboo, and a lack of access to sanitary products means life comes to a standstill for a few days every month.   The Myna Mahila Foundation is trying to change that. The organization employs 15 local women from Mumbai slums to make sanitary pads, while another…

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Pregnancy complications might ‘turn on’ schizophrenia genes, study says

By Mark Lieber, CNN Updated 1910 GMT (0310 HKT) May 30, 2018 Schizophrenia affects nearly 1% of the world population Complications appear to “turn on” genes in the placenta associated with schizophrenia, study says (CNN)Schizophrenia is thought to be caused by a mixture of genetic and environmental factors. But new research suggests that complications during pregnancy could increase nearly five-fold the child’s risk of developing schizophrenia later in life in high-risk individuals.   These complications appear to “turn on” genes in the placenta that have been associated with schizophrenia, the researchers said. “The complications that mattered were very serious obstetric complications…

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10 Lies Parents Tell A Lot but Never Notice

Dr. Magdalena BattlesDr. E. Magdalena Battles has a PhD in Academic and Clinical Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Psychology. Her specialties include children, domestic violence, and sexual assault and she shares her real life experiences and professional insights on her website Living Joy Daily. https://www.lifehack.org === Parents all lie to their kids every day, they just don’t realise it. You may tell your child not to lie, but continually saying these lies, no matter how small teaches them to lie as well. They will think it is ok to lie, since…

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Parenting Skills – Level: Expert

Parenting Skills – Level: Expert Posted By Sarah, On May 23, 2018 http://momtruthbomb.com/index.php/2018/05/23/parenting-skills-level-expert/ There are many skills you acquire once you become a parent. Some of them are obvious and well-known to most people, like Moms ears that can hear the tiniest of whimpers in a deep sleep, or growing eyes in the back of their head, while Dads become very adept at sleeping through literally anything. But the skills that I speak of are skills at which you never thought you’d become an expert, mostly because they are skills whose existence you were completely unaware of pre-kids. These are a hidden…

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