The Harvard Committee on General Scholarships has awarded Mallika Kaur, M.P.P. ’10 the 2010-11 Sheldon Traveling Fellowship. The competitive fellowship is awarded to one graduate from across Harvard. First nominated by Harvard Kennedy School for this award, Kaur was then selected by the Harvard-wide committee from a pool of applicants from the various graduate schools.Kaur focuses on South Asian human rights and security issues. Her perspectives have been informed by growing up in Punjab and having worked on advocacy efforts in the United States since 2001. She holds a master in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a juris doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. Kaur has worked with underrepresented communities in South Asia as well as in the diaspora.The Sheldon Fellowship will support her travel, study, and writing on gender issues in Indian-administered Kashmir. With heightened international involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan, South Asian security issues are at the forefront today. Understanding how women are affected by and effect the situation in Kashmir will help deepen an understanding of this crucial region.Kaur concentrated in international and global affairs at Harvard Kennedy School and in international law at Berkley Law School. Under Rory Stewart’s leadership, she helped co-found and serves as the coordinator of the Kashmir Initiative at Harvard Carr Center. The purpose of the initiative is to create an interdisciplinary dialogue around this vital region by involving students, academics, policy makers, Kashmiris and non-Kashmiris. Multilingual and with a commitment to building bridges between disparate ethnic groups, NGOs, and state actors, Kaur continues to work toward promoting inclusive security and democracy.
For more information about the Thurston Coalition for Women’s Health, visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/health or call the Health Department’s Women’s Health Coordinator at 360-867-2516. Facebook3Tweet0Pin0OLYMPIA – A federal grant will help Thurston County improve the health of local girls. Thurston County Public Health and Social Services has been awarded a $300,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. Funding will be used to offer the Girls Circle program to middle-school age girls and continue efforts of the Thurston Coalition for Women’s Health.In early 2011, the Thurston Coalition for Women’s Health determined that reducing violence against women and girls was their top priority. “We came to consensus as a Coalition and decided investing earlier made sense, said Karmel Shields, YWCA Executive Director. “The Girls Circle program builds on strengths, those of local girls and our community”. The YWCA of Olympia is taking the lead in bringing the science-based Girls Circle prevention program to Thurston County.Research shows that Girls Circle reduces alcohol use, improves the ability of girls to form healthier bonds with others and promotes academic achievement. The University of Washington Division of Public Behavioral Health & Justice Policy has signed on to evaluate ThurstonCounty Girls Circle to determine the program’s potential to influence beliefs and behaviors thatreduce risk for health consequences of violence and abuse.“Improving health outcomes among local girls requires us to be mindful that healthy relationships are key – those with caretakers, friends and significant others.” said Dr. Diana Yu, Thurston County Health Officer. “Unfortunately, experiencing aggression and coercion within adolescent dating relationships is not uncommon.”If Thurston County meets performance expected by the Office on Women’s Health, an additional 4 years of grant funding is possible. “We are looking forward to helping the Coalition tackle their priorities for women’s health” said Jim Cooper of TOGETHER!. TOGETHER! will lead local efforts to promote awareness of the Coalition’s prevention priorities and the science behind them.Current members of the Thurston Coalition for Women’s Health are:Behavioral Health ResourcesCHOICE Regional Health NetworkCommunity Action CouncilCommunity Youth ServicesFamily Education and Support ServicesGroup Health CooperativePhysicians of Southwest WashingtonPlanned ParenthoodProvidence St. Peter HospitalSafePlaceSea Mar Community Health CentersSouth Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Sound Breastfeeding NetworkStonewall YouthThurston County Chamber of CommerceThurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s OfficeTOGETHER!United Way of Thurston CountyYWCA of Olympia
Submitted by Barb Lally for Concern for AnimalsHelp is needed to care for these abandoned bunnies.Concern for Animals is seeking assistance for a local resident living near an abandoned “bunny factory” who is trying to help a large number of bunnies that have been released in the area.The woman resident, who is unemployed and disabled, has spent a considerable amount of her own money helping the animals and has reached out to organizations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Only Thurston County’s Concern for Animals has responded.The resident is currently caring for 28 bunnies, 23 of which are babies under 12 weeks old. She estimates there are as many as a dozen bunnies still outside, two of which are adults that continue to breed. Right now she is housing the animals in various bins and crates in a converted storage unit where the space is cramped. The bunnies that are still out and breeding, need to be captured. The woman trying to care of the animals says she has raised about $600 and is willing to put it all towards spay or neuter procedures, but help is needed to get them all spayed, neutered and adopted out.Almost 30 bunnies were abandoned. Help is needed to care for these animals.“We are doing the best we can to help with some supplies—food, bedding, bunny crates— but the situation is overwhelming,” says Sarah Hinman executive assistant to the Concern for Animals Board. “We’re hoping that people’s generosity will include Del’s Feed And Farm Supply gift cards so we can purchase supplies. We have found an organization that will do the surgical procedures but they will cost $70 for each male, $80 for each female, so we need help there as well.”Individuals or organizations willing to help should contact Sarah Hinman at Concern for Animals by calling (253) 394-2872 or email her at [email protected] Facebook421Tweet0Pin0