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MedMen Partners with Equality California for Pride Month

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 9 giugno 2019

MedMen Enterprises, Inc. (“MedMen” or the “Company”) (CSE: MMEN) (OTCQX: MMNFF) (FSE: A2JM6N) is pleased to partner with Equality California, the largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. During the month of June at all California stores, MedMen will donate 15% of proceeds from limited-edition Pride products to advance LGBTQ equality.
In addition, MedMen employees, friends, and family, including many in the LGBTQ community, will march on June 9th in the Los Angeles Pride Parade in support of the local community. MedMen’s first flagship store is in West Hollywood and the Company has five other locations throughout Los Angeles.West Hollywood has been a safe haven from the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS for many years. The area launched medical marijuana collectives and dispensaries to provide access to marijuana as an alternative for pain relief. MedMen West Hollywood is home to one of those founding sites, and MedMen is proud to carry on the tradition of offering safe access to regulated cannabis.“Cannabis has played an important role in LGBTQ history. It is an honor to celebrate Pride Month and support our many LGBTQ employees, customers and partners,” stated Andrew Modlin, MedMen Co-Founder and President. “In West Hollywood, we are more than a member of the business community. We are a partner in the fight for equality and an advocate for happier, healthier and safer communities.”

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Protection of democracy and fundamental rights, with a focus on gender equality

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 aprile 2019

The EU should do more to promote democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights across all its member states, putting particular emphasis on supporting gender equality, say MEPs.
Plenary backed on Wednesday the partial agreement reached with the Council of the EU on the Rights and Values Programme for the next budgetary period (2021-2027). Both institutions agreed to rename it Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme and that its purpose should be “to nurture and sustain a rights-based, equal, open, pluralist, inclusive and democratic society”.The Programme will continue seeking to promote equality and non-discrimination, encourage citizens’ engagement and participation in the democratic process, and fight violence, including gender-based violence, through support to civil society organisations at local, regional, national and transnational level.At the initiative of the EP, the protection and promotion of democracy and the rule of law will be specifically mentioned as the main aim, given that these are a prerequisite for protecting fundamental rights and for ensuring mutual trust among member states and of citizens’ trust in the European Union.MEPs managed to include, among the initiatives to be funded, remembrance activities on Europe’s historical memory, that allow to reflect on the causes of totalitarian regimes, in particular Nazism, Fascism, Stalinism and other communist regimes, as well as commemoration of their victims. Other actions that may receive support are town-twinning projects and those meant for the protection of victims of violence, particularly women and girls.The promotion of gender equality, including the fight against gender-based violence and active support to women’s rights organisations, will be a central element of the Programme. The text notes that tackling stereotypes and promoting equal access to work and the elimination of barriers to career progression are key. It points in this regard that focus should be put on work-life balance and on equal sharing of unpaid household and care work between men and women.

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Culture of Equality Is Powerful Multiplier of Workplace Innovation, New Accenture Research Finds

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 10 marzo 2019

Published today in the company’s “Getting to Equal 2019” report, the research found that in the U.S., employees’ innovation mindset — their willingness and ability to innovate — is nearly five times higher in companies with a robust culture of equality, where everyone can advance and thrive, than in least-equal companies.“In this era of widespread disruption, businesses and organizations need to respond with continuous innovation to succeed,” said Julie Sweet, Accenture’s chief executive officer – North America. “Our research makes it clear that tapping the power of workplace culture is essential to unleashing innovation across the company.”According to the research, the vast majority of executives around the world agree that continuous innovation is essential: 95 percent see innovation as vital to competitiveness and business viability. A culture of equality is a powerful driver of an innovation mindset — more than other factors that differentiate organizations, such as industry, country or workforce demographics. Among those surveyed, people across all genders, sexual identities, ages and ethnicities show a stronger innovation mindset in more equal workplace cultures.
Accenture’s new research is based on a survey of more than 18,000 professionals in 27 countries, including 1,400 in the U.S., a survey of more than 150 C-suite executives in eight countries and a model that combines employee survey results with published labor force data. It builds on Accenture’s 2018 research, which identified 40 workplace factors that contribute to a culture of equality, and grouped them into three actionable categories: Bold Leadership, Comprehensive Action and Empowering Environment.This year’s research determined that an empowering environment is by far the most important of the three culture-of-equality categories in increasing an innovation mindset, which consists of six elements: purpose, autonomy, resources, inspiration, collaboration and experimentation. The more empowering the workplace environment, the higher the innovation mindset score. For instance, U.S. employees in robust cultures of equality are seven times more likely to say that nothing holds them back from innovating (44 percent in most equal cultures vs. 6 percent in least equal cultures).However, organizations must close the important gap the research revealed between C-suite executives and employees. While 76 percent of executives globally said they empower employees to innovate, only 42 percent of employees agree. For example, executives appear to overestimate financial rewards, and underestimate purpose, as motivations for employees to innovate. In a more equal culture, the strongest factors underpinning an innovation mindset include providing relevant skills training, flexible working arrangements and respect for work life balance.

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Oneness and equality inspire enthroned chief

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 26 aprile 2017

Djaouga AbdoulayeNIKKI, Benin — In the West African country of Benin, a chief of the Fula people is focusing on the unity of the diverse populations of his land.The Fula are widely dispersed across North Africa. They are regarded as the largest nomadic pastoral community in the world—although in more recent times many have settled and now work as farmers, merchants, and artisans, among other occupations. A predominantly Muslim community, it was the Fula people who spread Islam across West Africa, and traditionally, Fula chiefs have been Muslim.For the first time, this position of moral and customary authority for the approximately 100,000 Fulani living in the area is held by a Baha’i. High Chief Djaouga Abdoulaye, a 76-year-old retired school teacher, was enthroned in July of last year. He became a Baha’i in the 1980s when the Faith initially came to Benin.This change in leadership signaled a new precedent, which was at first met with reservations by certain members of society. However, High Chief Djaouga’s example, and in particular his commitment to unity and oneness, have contributed to harmonious ties between local clergy and tribal leaders in the region.His enthronement ceremony was a vibrant and joyful gathering that attracted 5,000 people and reflected the principle of unity in diversity. The event was also broadcast on national radio and television. “The size of this ceremony was without precedent,” said Saadou Saidou, who attended communitythe event. “The fact that Junwuro [High Chief Djaouga] is an intellectual and, above all, that he has the qualities he has, means that we, his subjects, know that great things will be done during his reign.”
Speaking about the influence of the Baha’i Teachings in his life, High Chief Djaouga said that the principles of the oneness of humanity and the equality of men and women, guided by a high moral standard, have inspired his understanding of leadership.“Since I became a Baha’i, I have begun to understand the standard of excellence put forth in the Baha’i Writings,” he said.His commitment to justice and hope for strengthening unity comes through in his decisions. The High Chief’s court has emerged as a place his subjects can turn to for the resolution of conflicts, where the wealthy will not receive special favors, where bribery has no place, and where one’s social position will not influence the decision.When asked about his goals and hopes for his community, High Chief Djaouga stated that he wishes to help his traditionally nomadic people find a solution to the difficulties caused by being considered stateless and therefore unable to obtain proper identity papers. Above all, he hopes to foster unity among the Fula people. (photo: Djaouga Abdoulaye, community)

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Exploring the connection between women’s equality and economic prosperity

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 marzo 2017

baha'New York On Tuesday, 14 March, from 1:15 to 2:45, the FaithFem Working Group will discuss its statement to the CSW, which is titled “Re-conceptualizing Women and Girls Economic Empowerment through a Feminist Spiritual Perspective.” The event will include an introduction to the Group and breakout discussion sessions.
A youth and gender equality event, scheduled also on Wednesday, 15 March at the BIC but from 3:30 to 5 pm. The event aims to build on the conversations and relationships developed at the CSW Youth Forum by having an informal discussion on youth, work, employment and purpose.
On Thursday, 16 March, from 1:15 to 2:45 pm, there will be a “Strategy and Advocacy Roundtable” of the FaithFem Working Group, at which participants, along with key actors, will discuss advocacy, strategy, and opportunities for collaboration on faith and feminism issues at the UN.
The screening of a film, Mercy’s Blessing (link is external), on Friday, 17 March, from 1:15 to 2:45 pm. Inspired by true events, the film examines issues of child marriage, the education of the girl child, and gender equality in Malawi, as seen through the eyes of a teenage boy who hopes to raise his younger sister and himself out of poverty. The director, May Taherzadeh, will be present and a discussion will follow. The event is co-hosted by the Mission of Malawi to the UN.
The connection between inequalities faced by women in the workplace and the often “deeply dysfunctional” global economic system is analyzed in the Baha’i International Community’s statement this year to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.“Significant advances have been made in terms of educational access and the creation of environments for women to thrive alongside men; nevertheless, far more remains to be accomplished,” says the statement.“Systemic and structural injustice continues to suppress women’s potential, plunging humanity into crisis after crisis. Until these inequalities are thoroughly uprooted from the fabric of society, humanity will remain mired in the conflict, despair, confusion, and imbalance that have come to define much of modern life,” says the statement.Titled “Toward Prosperity: The Role of Women and Men in Building a Flourishing World Civilization,” the statement goes on to explore how new, more equal and more value-oriented education systems, which address such imbalances at an early age, can help rectify the inequalities that exist between women and men – and to create a more prosperous system for all.“Education must be comprehensive, addressing their burgeoning spiritual, physical, and intellectual powers,” said the statement, referring to the importance of helping young people understand their role in society.“A key principle that must be taught from an early age is the oneness of humanity. Within this, the equality of women and men should be emphasized.”The full statement, which seeks to address the Commission’s priority theme this year of “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work,” can be read here.In other contributions to the 61st CSW, which will be held 13-24 March 2017, the BIC plans to offer a number of parallel events exploring the themes of the statement and other issues before the Commission. All scheduled to be held at the offices of the Baha’i International Community in New York, these events include:
A lunch time event exploring BIC’s statement to the Commission. Scheduled for Wednesday, 15 March, from 1:15 to 2:45 pm, the event will seek to solicit responses to the statement while also allowing participants to share their own perspectives.

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No gender equality without sexual and reproductive health and rights says IPPF report

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 17 marzo 2015

new-yorkUnited Nations, New York: Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is not possible without sexual and reproductive health and rights. This was the message given by speakers from the Permanent Missions of Uruguay, Denmark and Costa Rica to the United Nations, UN Women and UNFPA at a high-level panel event organised by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) today.The event held in New York on the 20th anniversary of the Beijing+20 Platform for Action during the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), launched IPPF’s report “ Sexual and reproductive health and rights- the key to gender equality and women’s empowerment.”The new report sets out specific recommendations to governments, multilateral organisations and the donor community including:
• Making sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality a reality: Sexual and reproductive health and rights must be included in the post 2015 sustainable development framework and in governments’ national plans within gender and health ministries.
• Sustaining the success of sexual and reproductive health interventions: Investment in the full range of sexual and reproductive health and rights services must be continued and increased and the post-2015 sustainable development financing framework must prioritize the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls.
• Engaging men and boys as partners in gender transformative change: Men and boys must be involved as partners in programmes on sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
• Measure the things that matter: Governments must invest in the collection of robust data. This includes working with UN agencies to increase data collection and disaggregate data by sex and age and increase examination of links between sexual and reproductive health and rights and the empowerment of women and girls.
• Eliminating sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls: Domestic laws to protect women and girls from sexual and gender based violence in line with international obligations must be enforced. Sexual violence must be addressed as part of women’s political participation, peacebuilding and post conflict reconstruction.Opening the event, IPPF Regional Director for the Western Hemisphere, Carmen Barroso said, “We can tackle inequalities and change things. This goes to the very heart of poverty eradication and development goals. Sexual and reproductive health and rights give women the ability to control their fertility which, in turn, affects many other aspects of their lives – employment, education, family life, and social and economic participation. It’s the freedom from which all other freedoms flow.”Talking on Uruguay’s prioritization of gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights, Honorable Gonzalo Koncke, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Uruguay said, “Furthering policies on sexual and reproductive health is the only way to achieve higher levels of happiness, freedom and well-being so people can enjoy a fuller life.”Stefan Kovacs, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Denmark, said in his speech, “Denmark has a long history for supporting and promoting women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights. The right to sexual and reproductive health is key to women’s ability to take charge of their own lives.” Preethi Sundaram, IPPF Policy and Advocacy officer, and author of the report said: “The report assesses what we have long suspected – that sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are the cornerstone of gender equality. When women are able to realize their sexual and reproductive rights, their lives can be transformed.”

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Disabilità e scuola

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 27 Mag 2011

Per ora è solo un disegno di legge, ma se la proposta di due senatori del PDL – Francesco Bevilacqua e Antonio Gentile – passasse il vaglio parlamentare, tra due anni o poco più le famiglie dei disabili italiani si troverebbero a dover pagare le spese per l’assistenza di sostegno ai propri figli iscritti agli istituti scolastici. “Questa notizia – dice Simona Clivia Zucchett, responsabile disabilità di Equality Italia, la rete trasversale per i diritti civili – è uno schiaffo in pieno viso a tutti i disabili e a quei genitori che, giorno dopo giorno, mese dopo mese, anno dopo anno, combattono una sistematica battaglia per far quadrare i conti e, al tempo stesso, per non far pesare ai loro ragazzi la disabilità”. “La cosa che fa più star male – prosegue Zucchett – è il semplice fatto che qualcuno possa anche solo pensare ad una legge del genere e che questo qualcuno sieda in Parlamento. Il Parlamento è espressione del popolo italiano, ma siamo sicuri – si domanda Zucchett – che quello stesso popolo non rimarrebbe, quantomeno, indignato se questa barbarica proposta si tramutasse in legge?” Secondo i due senatori PDL l’inclusione degli alunni con disabilità deve ormai collocarsi nella nuova logica dell’autonomia scolastica ma la proposta di legge ammette, senza troppi veli, che le istituzioni non riescono a coprire tutte le esigenze degli alunni portatori di handicap: “Non possiamo permettere – dice Zucchett – che i diversamente abili vengano fatti sentire più diversi di quanto non siano. Soprattutto perché, diversi, non lo sono affatto. Tuttavia in questo modo, solo quelle famiglie che non hanno problemi economici potranno garantire la giusta sussidiarietà ai loro congiunti e questo creerà disabili di serie A e di serie B. Francamente – conclude Zucchett – se il Governo ha deciso di tagliare le spese per far quadrare i conti, farebbe meglio a concentrarsi su ben altri capitoli: i disabili non si toccano”.

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