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World Social Justice Day

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Today is World Social Justice Day!

Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.

For the United Nations, the pursuit of social justice for all is at the core of its global mission to promote development and human dignity. The adoption by the International Labour Organization of the Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization is just one recent example of the UN system’s commitment to social justice. The Declaration focuses on guaranteeing fair outcomes for all through employment, social protection, social dialogue, and fundamental principles and rights at work.

The General Assembly proclaimed February 20 as World Day of Social Justice in 2007, inviting Member States to devote the day to promoting national activities in accordance with the objectives and goals of the World Summit for Social Development and the twenty-fourth session of the General Assembly. Observance of World Day of Social Justice should support efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all.

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Women's Equality Day!

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Happy Women's Equality Day!

In 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote.

Women's Equality Day was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women.  It had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York.  
The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. We still have a long way to go, but let's celebrate the progress we've made thus far. 

I'll end this with two thoughts regarding equality:
1) Men of quality respect and fight for women's equality!
2) Feminist is not a dirty word! All people, men and women, should be feminists. Feminism means that you equally value the rights of all people.

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World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

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Today is World Day against Trafficking in Persons!

"Human traffickers prey on the most desperate and vulnerable. To end this inhumane practice, we must do more to shield migrants and refugees - and particularly young people, women and children - from those who would exploit their yearnings for a better, safer and more dignified future." -Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally. This estimate also includes victims of human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation. While it is not known how many of these victims were trafficked, the estimate implies that currently, there are millions of trafficking in persons victims in the world.

Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. The link between the refugee and migration crisis and trafficking in persons was highlighted at this year's observance of the day by the UN Office for Drugs and Crime.

In 2013, the General Assembly held a high-level meeting to appraise the Global Plan of Action. Member States also adopted resolution A/RES/68/192 and designated July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. This resolution declared that such a day was necessary to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.”

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International Widow's Day

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International Widow's Day

Gather round, everyone, it’s time for another edition of the Personalized Cause awareness blog. Today we are going to talk about something that many people don’t realize, particularly if you were born and raised in countries like the United States, Canada, and Western European nations such as France, England, Spain, Italy, and other countries with similar social attitudes. Today is International Widow’s Day. As the name indicates, this is an observance that is dedicated to women who have lost their husbands. Becoming a widow is an unbearable experience for all wives; however, many people don’t know that in many other countries becoming a widow can threaten your safety, social status, income, rights, and ability to care for your children. So, today, we are going to discuss what it is like to become a widow in other places of the world, where you are nothing and have nothing without a husband. While International Widow’s Day is free to be observed in honor of all widows, the day was created in order to call attention to the plight of women who lose their husbands in countries where widows are stigmatized, ostracized, and victimized as part of the culture they live in.

In many other cultures and countries, a woman’s status and value is inseparably tied to their husband. When their husband dies, everything tied to him disappears with it. All that they were when their husband was alive is everything they are not after his death. Many widows are treated as if they are invisible in other countries. In some places, widows are demonized and abused, as if isolation and being cut off from their families and society were not enough. For these women, becoming a widow is not only emotionally painful, but potentially also physically dangerous, and socially disastrous. When I say socially disastrous, I don’t mean that they stop being invited to holiday parties or drop a couple pegs in the social hierarchy. For them, socially disastrous means that they are completely ostracized, sometimes even excommunicated.

In many countries, particularly Africa, widowhood comes with a dangerous stigma. Some cultures believe that if a husband dies, it is the wife’s fault. It is believed that they are cursed or witches. In fact, in some parts of the world, the word for widow can be traces back to a word similar to something like sorceress or witch. They are accused of witchcraft and murder, simply because their husbands passed away and they are women. There are horrific rituals required of widows as a rite of mourning or burial. The rituals vary by country and culture, but these are just a few of the things that widows are forced to do when they lose their husbands. Many of them basically punish the woman for her husband’s death. Some of rituals put the widow’s life at risk, and most are humiliating and demeaning.

In some parts of Africa a widow is forced to have sex with another man. Some indicate that it should be the first man they see; others specify a man that is designated, or the brother’s of the deceased man. If the woman does not, it is believed that harm will come to her children. This act is considered a cleansing ritual. The belief is that this sexual encounter rids the evil spirits that surround death, which the widow has been exposed to in her husband’s passing. When you consider the prevalence of AIDS in countries that hold these beliefs, it is easy to see how this ritual is not only disturbing but also potentially life threatening, if AIDS is contracted.

In some other countries, generally in parts of Africa or India but also in parts of Asia, a widow may be forced to perform other kinds of rituals, too. Some widows have to drink the water used to clean the dead body of their husband. In some places, widows are forbidden from bathing for months on end, with no exceptions. This practice is not only unhygienic, but it may actually cause health problems. Skin diseases often occur as a result, as can issues such as gastroenteritis and typhoid. Some widows are required to sit on a mat, completely naked, and cry and scream at specified times. Some widows are prohibited from feeding themselves and must rely on others to feed them, which often results in malnourishment. Many customs include making the widow appear to be disheveled, raggedy, and unappealing.

Once a woman’s husband dies, she may be refused her inheritance, and her land rights may be stripped from her. Often times, widows are forced out of their homes, physically, mentally, or sexually abused, and sometimes even killed as a result of their husband dying. If the widow hopes to escape the discrimination and exclusion of being a widow, they may have to remarry a male relative of her late husband. Sometimes, a widow may be forced to do this, whether she agrees or not. From culture to culture, one thing remains consistent in the mistreatment of widows, and the social attitudes that encourage the mistreatment, and that is that widows are shamed for the death of their husband. The rituals and rites forced upon widows may vary by region, but all of the women who have lost their husbands in nations who mistreat widows are made to feel ashamed, dishonored, and degraded.

Children of widows also face great hardships. Because their mothers are socially and economically ostracized, many children who just suffered the loss of their father are forced to quit school and find jobs to support the family. Girls are particularly vulnerable in these circumstances because they may be forced to work in prostitution, they may be forced into an early child marriage, they may be trafficked, and they may be sold. Widowed mothers do this not because they want to, but because they cannot take care of them. Sometimes, even though child marriage is disgusting, the child will have a food, water, clothes and shelter if they become a child bride. As horrible as the decision is, it may be the best option and chance for survival. The majority of the time, children are withdrawn from school to go to work immediately. Child labor is sometimes the only source of income in families where the father/husband has died. These children forced into child labor never return to school, and therefore spend the rest of their lives working jobs to get by. The vast majority will never have gainful employment. Often, this means perpetuating a cycle of poverty.

There is such a profound and engrained sense of stigma for widows in some cultures that women who have lost their husbands sometimes commit suicide, rather than be forced to carry on living with the intense shame and dehumanization that comes with life as a widowed woman. A very large percentage of widows suffer from severe anxiety and depression because of the way they are treated and the poverty they are forced to live in. This kind of depression has terrible ramifications on the children, who are grieving themselves. Children of widowed women are forced to grow up in poverty, many times, despite the status they held or the lifestyle they were accustomed to when their father was alive. The loss of the male head of the household is devastating for all immediate members of his family.

I appreciate you taking the time to read about International Widow’s Day. The plight of widows is a little known fact in the western world. In fact, many census reports, statistical analyses, and population data collection fails to represent them accurately because they become invisible in their culture. It’s an issue that needs addressing, and the first step is to spread the word about what goes on. Losing a husband is difficult in any culture, but I can’t even imagine what it must be like to then spend the rest of your life being shamed for your loss. I’d like to wish all widows a day of peace and fond remembrance today. May their memories always make you smile.

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Personalized Cause began this awareness blog earlier this year because we wanted to do our part to help raise awareness for causes and illnesses that our customers fight. We know that many of our customers have to battle ignorance and misunderstanding about their causes and conditions on a daily basis. We wanted to show our customers that we believe in them, and we believe in the power of awareness to change minds, hearts, and attitudes. We have seen first hand how one custom awareness ribbon can impact an entire community of people. We have been inspired to educate ourselves, and our readers, in hopes of creating a more compassionate culture for our customers and others. I hope you’ll join us again next week for another edition of the awareness blog!

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World Refugee Day

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Today is World Refugee Day!

Well, hey there! Thanks for stopping by for our latest post on the awareness blog! I hope you all had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend. I know I did. Nothing like some of Dad’s barbeque, am I right? I know it’s his holiday and we should barbeque for him, but he loves doing it so it’s a win for everyone. Anyways, back to the blog. Today we’re celebrating World Refugee Day, here at Personalized Cause. So, today’s blog will be dedicated to all the refugees of the world. I think it’s a particularly important topic given the current political climate of the world. Refugees deserve safety, shelter, and happiness as much as anybody who lives in a politically peaceful environment. They are not at fault for their government. World Refugee Day is celebrated every June 20th, to recognize the bravery, strength, and perseverance that refugees exhibit every day in their quest for a better life for themselves and their families.

So, what is a refugee? I know we all know the basic definition of a refugee as meaning a person who has fled from their homeland. The technical definition for refugee clarifies the current refugee crisis a little bit better than our basic understanding. First off, the most important thing to remember is that the word refugee represents a human being, the same as you or me. International law defines refugees as a person who has left the country that they called home out of a justified fear for their lives, safety, or wellbeing. Refugees may flee their country to escape persecution because of their religion, race, nationality, political affiliations, social status, or belonging to a particular group. They may also live in areas that are war torn, or plagued by conflict in a way that prevents them from being able to lead normal lives without putting themselves at risk or in danger.

We currently live in a time with the highest rate of people who are forced to flee their homes because of violence and political unrest. There are approximately 65.6 million people who are displaced worldwide. That means that every single day, over 28 thousand people become refugees to avoid the conflict that permeates their homes. That’s 20 people every minute. 22.5 million of refugees are children under 18. Becoming a refugee is not an easy decision. People give up everything just to survive, or better their chances of a future free of violence and conflict. Whatever your politics, you have to concede that no child deserves to grow up in a place where they cannot go outside without risking their lives, not that staying inside will protect them. That’s an unbearable thought. And imagine the parents of these children, who fear every second of every day that they may not be able to protect their family from harm. Refugees deserve a chance to thrive, not just survive. Over half of the world’s refugees come from only three countries, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Syria.

Looking at the total world population, about one in every 100 people have been displaced from their homes. Obviously, the level of displacement by country is greater in certain places in the world than others. In the Middle East, about one in twenty people have been forced to flee their homes. In Africa, about one in sixty people have been displaced from their homes. In Syria, a whopping six out of ten people have been displaced. This number is the highest rate of people becoming refugees in recent history. That number is unparalleled for any single country. This is due to the Syrian conflict. In 2011, the number of Syrian refugees hovered just below one million. Now, there are over twelve and a half million Syrian refugees who have had to flee their homes and find shelter somewhere else in their country, neighboring countries, or abroad. The number of unaccompanied minors who are seeking asylum has also risen. Over half of the asylum seeking, unaccompanied minors are refugees from Afghanistan. In Europe, nearly 200,000 unaccompanied minors sought asylum between 2008 and 2015. 48 percent of those 200,000 were from 2015 alone.

Over 85 percent of refugees are hosted in developing nations. Africa hosts 29 percent of all refugees. The top five countries hosting the greatest number of refugees are Turkey, Jordan, Ethiopia, Lebanon, and Pakistan. Most refugees do not seek asylum in developed nations, such as the United States or Europe. The overwhelming majority of refugees, nine out of ten to be exact, simply head towards nearby countries. Around 95 percent of Afghan refugees are housed in Pakistan or Iran. Around 95 percent of Syrian refugees are housed in Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. As you can see from these statistics, the overwhelming majority of refugees are simply trying to escape to the nearest place that is safer than where they come from. Some of the countries refugees are fleeing to are dealing with their own conflicts, but they are still preferable to the homes they have fled. I think that says a lot about the state of the countries being fled and what it must be like to live there.

Life for refugees is often full of trauma. Not only have most refugees experiences some sort of trauma in their home before they were forced to leave, but they also face traumatic experiences along the way to a new life. Many refugees are separated from their families. They endure catastrophic loss. They lose their homes, their sense of familiarity, the lives they built, their family unit may be split up, they are likely separated from their friends, and they often have to leave all or most of their possessions behind. Refugees often face poverty, and the chaos of an unsettled life. It can be extremely taxing to live in a constant state of desperation for and anticipation of a new life. Some children grow up in refugee camps and don’t know anything about life outside their camp. Refugees are extremely vulnerable. Refugee camps often lack protection from many kinds of abuse, making women and children easy targets for people who work in the refugee camps or other people living there.

Once refugees finally make it to the U.S., if they are granted entrance, they are often helped by a network of communities, which typically consist of others who have gone through the same situation and established their lives here. There are many refugees who have family in the U.S., too. Voluntary agencies help refugees by providing services to help get them jobs, teach them English, get them food and clothes, and whatever counseling or medical care they may need in the first 90 days. Refugee children are able to attend public schools, and adults are able to get a job. Some government-funded services may also be available like Medicaid and federally reimbursed cash assistance programs during the first eight months. After that, they are eligible for the same public benefits and services as legal residents. This eligibility for public benefits and services lasts for seven years. After seven years have passed, they must become citizens in order to continue to receive those services. There are mutual assistance associations, also called MMA’s, which help to connect knowledgeable people in the community to people who are in need of help, or recently arrived.

Refugees want nothing more than to return to a normal life where they can pursue their goals and take care of themselves. They have endured terrible hardship and should not have to endure prejudice and stigma when they arrive in their new homes. They should be treated with respect, compassion, and acceptance. Their journey’s were difficult and their determination unwavering. Differences are strengths, not weaknesses. Diversity makes us better. Refugees should be welcome.

Join us again next week for another edition of the awareness blog! Hope you all have a wonderful week!

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Personalized Cause began this awareness blog because we truly believe in the power of awareness. This awareness blog is dedicated to raising awareness for as many causes and illnesses as we possibly can. This is our way of doing our part to raise awareness on behalf of our customers. With every purchase, you guys are doing your part to raise awareness for the causes that are close to your heart. Our customers are close to our hearts, so our goal is to help spread awareness by using our website to host this blog that aims to educate readers about a different cause every week.

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