Community reaction critical to rebuilding lives of child soldiers

first_imgHow accepting or hostile a community is toward former child soldiers can help determine whether they will fare well or reoffend, according to Theresa Betancourt, associate professor of child health and human rights at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and director of the Research Program on Children and Global Adversity at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at HSPH.Betancourt discussed her views on rehabilitating former child soldiers in an October 3, 2012 article in The Globe and Mail (Canada). According to the article, Omar Khadr was captured in 2002 on an Afghanistan battlefield as an al-Qaeda combatant when he was 15. He later pled guilty to killing a U.S. soldier, and is currently in rehabilitation in Canada after 10 years in prison in Guantanamo Bay.When the community is accepting, a former child soldier generally does well and is less likely to reoffend. However, when the community is accusatory, provokes the young person, or saddles him with negative reactions, “it makes it much harder for a person with significant trauma history to reintegrate well,” said Betancourt.With proper support and therapy, however, “Young people have the capacity to redirect their life trajectories toward something much more positive, even with horrendous trauma histories,” she said.last_img read more

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New Tools Help Cities Support Female Entrepreneurs

first_imgAccording to the World Bank, women typically reinvest 90 percent of their income back into their families and communities. So, it would seem in the best interest of cities to support female entrepreneurs.Yet, World Bank’s research also shows that only 30 percent of formal small and medium enterprises around the world are owned and run by women.To help governments and policymakers enable more women entrepreneurs, Dell has launched new diagnostic tools built on the findings of our 2017 Women Entrepreneur Cities (WE Cities) Index.Specifically:WE City Blueprints – Measures a cities operating and enabling environments against 72 indicators and provides recommendations on how to better enable women entrepreneurs to succeed.WE City Capital & Technology Deep Dives – Capital and technology are both critical for scaling any business, but women face unique challenges with both. This analysis provides insights, best practices for cities to improve access to both.WE Cities Manifesto – Based on both the quantitative and qualitative Dell WE Cities Index, this is a set of policy and leadership recommendations that will help women entrepreneurs start and scale businesses.WE City BlueprintsWith research partner IHS Markit, we conducted a deep-dive analysis’ on the barriers and opportunities for women entrepreneurs accessing capital and leveraging technology to scale. This allowed us to develop 10 city blueprints designed to spotlight actions a city can take to improve the local ecosystem for women entrepreneurs.Blueprint cities include:AustinBostonMexico CityTorontoLondonAmsterdamSydneyTokyoSao PauloSingaporeDuring her keynote, Dell Chief Customer Officer Karen Quintos told attendees that the 9th annual DWEN Summit was in Canada this year because the country is vocal in its advocacy for gender equality.“As part of its Women’s Entrepreneurship Strategy, the Canadian government announced just last week that it is now accepting proposals from companies to collect data on how best to support women entrepreneurs,” she noted in a follow-up post here on Direct2Dell. “We couldn’t agree more with this collaborative, data-driven approach to accelerate business opportunities for women-founded entities.”And our hope is that more cities around the globe will follow suit.“Being the only Asian city that made it to the Top 10 of all the cities measured, Singapore holds huge promise and opportunity for women entrepreneurs,” Eric Goh, vice president, Singapore Enterprise Business, Dell EMC, told Enterprise Innovation. “We believe that by highlighting these differences and successes via the WE City Deep Dives and Blueprints, we can collectively improve the landscape for high-potential women entrepreneurs.”WE City Capital & Technology Deep DivesCapital and technology are both critical for scaling any business, but women face unique challenges with both. In 2017, only two percent of venture funding went to female founders.“We estimate there is a $300 billion annual credit deficit for these women-owned businesses,” said Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D., president of the World Bank Group.Based on the qualitative analysis of the WE Cities Index and insights from members of the DWEN network, we found that many women entrepreneurs have difficulty talking about technology in general. The WE City Capital and Technology deep dives uncover:How women entrepreneurs are accessing capital, using technologyHow different regions are accessing different sources of capital, using technologyIndustries that women entrepreneurs gravitate towards and how it impacts access to capital and technologyHow access to capital and use of technology differ across leading citiesDWEN Director Ingrid Devin shared with Independent.ie that the vast majority of venture capital funding goes to men and that while Dell cannot ‘fix’ that, we are trying to offer some solutions to female entrepreneurs.“One of the ways women are getting funding is through women investors and we’re trying to highlight the stories of those women investors and encourage more women to get investors – a lot of women don’t know how,” she said.WE Cities ManifestoAt Dell we firmly believe that for each woman entrepreneur we help raise up, perceptions will change and so will actions. It’s why we founded DWEN  nearly a decade ago to support and nurture a community of female entrepreneurs by providing access to technology, networks and capital.We have further outlined our beliefs in the WE Cities Manifesto which states:We believe that access to and development of financial and human capital is essential to fostering women’s entrepreneurship.We believe that local governments and business leaders can help facilitate connections by increasing access to local and global networks and markets.We see technology-driven implications for both government and business.While the WE Cities Index, Blueprints and Deep Dives highlight the broad differences – both challenges and successes that each city faces, there are some key learnings and individual efforts that can add up to big changes for women-owned businesses.We will leverage these tools in an upcoming roadshow to meet with policy makers, investors, academics, women entrepreneurs, media and advocates from the private sector to share findings, hack solutions on how to improve a city’s ranking and bring together women entrepreneurs with women investors.So watch for more to come, and spend some time diving deeper into the 2018 WE Cities Study here: Dell 2018 Women Entrepreneur Cities Study – Rating Global Cities’ ability to attract and support High Potential Women Entrepreneurs from Dell Technologieslast_img read more

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Sunman Man Airlifted In S.R. 101 Crash

first_imgRIPLEY COUNTY, Ind. – A Sunman man was airlifted after a two-vehicle crash on S.R. 101 south of Penntown Monday around 7:30 a.m.Authorities say a semi with a flatbed trailer had pulled into Lykins Construction and the driver was asked to not pull onto the blacktop portion of the property. The driver, identified as Kenneth Sanders, 48, of Shoals, Indiana, backed out of the driveway to readjust the semi and the trailer was about four feet into the southbound lane.A Ford Escort operated by Richard Gould, 81, of Sunman, struck the trailer.Gould, who suffered back pain and possible fractured elbow, was airlifted to University Hospital in Cincinnati. Sanders was not injured.No charges have been filed but the crash remains under investigation.last_img

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Absence of Imo, Okoronkwo Won’t Affect Amazons’ Title Defence, Says Danjuma

first_imgAnam Imo still holds the bragging rights as the top scorer of the 2017/18 NWPL regular season and was crucial for her side coming top of their group on a princely 29 points.The 2018 NWPL Super 4 tournament will hold from January 23 to January 26 among the quartet, reigning champions, Nasarawa Amazons, Bayelsa Queens, Sunshine Queens and 2018 Aiteo Cup winners, Rivers Angels.Danjuma insisted that his side have tens of the duo, Imo and Okoronkwo in their fold to make the title defence quite an easy ride.“The 2018 Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super 4 title will return back to Lafia at the end of the days’ proceedings.“Nasarawa Amazons are the defending champions of the Nigerian women topflight and we are coming to Lagos to show our stuff aimed at retaining the title.“People are already expressing deep worries over our ability to defend the title due to the absence of our two key players, Anam Imo and Amarachi Okoronkwo.“Yes, the two players were key members of the team and quite useful to the team’s past achievements.“We will certainly feel their absence at the NWPL Super 4 no doubt about it but nobody is indispensable. I’m confident their absence will not hinder us from retaining the league crown.“Their absence is somehow going to be a blessing in disguise that will throw up more Imos and Okoronkwos in our midst.“We have good pool of players for each of the departments, at least, we have three or four players to each department.“We have good and quality replacements for Imo and Okoronkwo, I can tell you that at the end of the day tens of Imo and Okoronkwo will come to the limelight.“We want to use the 2018 NWPL Super 4 to prove to the doubters that Nasarawa Amazons can win title anywhere. We equally want to make a case once again that our 2017 Super 4 victory in Benin City was not a fluke but well-deserved.“I’m happy our first match will be a repeat of the NWFL 2018 Champions Shield clash we hope to right the wrong this time around when we face Rivers Angels.“We cannot be beaten twice by same team and denied the silverware we so much want in our cabinet,” said the former Nigerian coach to NWFL Media.The NWPL Super 4 showpiece is designed to be straight forward format this time around. Regular season’s group leaders will face the groups’ runners-up in the first match showdown.The winners will head straight to the final to determine the season’s champions while the losers settle for the third place match.The Al Makura Girls are winners of Group B and will confront perennial rivals and Group A runners-up, Rivers Angels.Similarly, Group A winners, Bayelsa Queens will square up with Group B runners-up and newcomers, Sunshine Queens.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Chris Danjuma NWPL SUPER 4Nasarawa Amazons Head Coach, Chris Danjuma has vowed to successfully defend the league crown at the upcoming Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super 4 despite the absence of two key players, Amarachi Okoronkwo and Anam Imo.The duo recently headed to Europe to pursue their professional career with the Hungarian giants, Ferenavarosi Torna Club. The two-some were standout at the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Ghana where Nigeria claimed her ninth title.last_img read more

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