pandemic

A letter from Israel

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Who would have thought three months ago that the world could change so much. What a difficult time we are all going through.

In Israel the pandemic is relatively contained. We would do better by isolating retirement homes and have a better check on arriving passengers. Hopefully closing down the country so much will not paralyze the economy. Fortunately, in Israel most of the population respect the rules and carry out daily living according to the Corona instructions of the government.There is a considerable amount of voluntary help in the country. Voluntary workers distribute food and medication to the elderly and the needy. Some of these people also receive regular phone calls from volunteers to give them the feeling of being cared for and not forgotten. The hospitals have made it possible for family of Corona patients to be given protective garments that allows them to visit their sick relatives. Families being isolated has resulted in an increase of domestic violence here and all over the world. In some countries the violence is even doubled.

My husband and I are “socially isolated” at home. I read a lot, listen to music and watch lectures, operas and concerts. Thanks to my daughter in law I paint owls for the front office of the place where she works. To feel in my time I started an online course in calligraphy painting. I draw and enjoy my garden. I miss meeting with my dear friends. However, most of all, I miss meeting my family, children and grandchildren, we contact them using Zoom video conference. I continue to be in touch with my special dear UWE friends from Iceland, the Netherlands, Romania, France and more.I am sorry that there is a hold in strengthening and consolidating our relationship and cooperation because of the pandemic. At the that time that we signed the MOU, we thought it would help us to promote and develop women for higher position in society and equality in life.

Hopefully in the near future we will be able to meet and continue the fruitful cooperation and enjoy being together.

Thinking of you and wishing you all the best. Look after yourself.

Fondest,

Regards,

Ora Sharon

Deputy President 

Israel Association of University Women

Reaching out – in solidarity

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The pandemic is a cruel time especially for the most vulnerable in our society whoever they are, particularly for bereaved families.

Today, across the globe more than half of humanity is confined, this is unheard of. Our democracies and human rights are affected, and especially the rights of vulnerable women.

We want to be united, attentive and concerned for each other and for our common future.

In particular, we need to have regard to the people who are suffering from daily violence, and especially women and children who are affected by domestic violence.

I would like to urge NFAs to lobby their governments to safeguard access to women suffering from domestic violence.

As well as ensuring support facilities for affected women and children, we also need to be aware of the need to continue to focus on prevention, including facilities for angry and violent men.

These need to be in place in every country, and therefore we would like all national associations to make a call to immediately ensure the existence of such facilities in each country.

Few interesting articles here:

Home is not a safe place for everyone (As “social distancing” is urged to contain the coronavirus outbreak , home is exactly where the danger lies for some)

The Impact of COVID-19 on ImmigrantSurvivors of Gender-Based Violence

Jess Phillips: Hotel need to house domestic violence victims during the coronavirus lockdown

We thank our Irish friends who had prepared a very interesting Meet & Greet for us, regrettably of course they had to cancel it. For the moment we are maintaining the AFFDU Centenary on September 17 and 18 and the AGM in Paris on September 19, we will open the registration if the situation allows.

We recognize that in these difficult times many of us are isolating at home, and have time on our hands. We also need to support each other, and stay in touch. Therefore we thought it would be a good idea to invite members to weekly contribute to our blog; as we are reaching out to all our members we thought a good name for this special newsletter would be ‘REACHING OUT – IN SOLIDARITY‘.

We welcome your thoughts, ideas and experiences. Feel free to send us at boarduwe@gmail.com approximately 400 words including spaces, on what you are experiencing, by means of texts, poems, paintings, or various artistic expressions. Exchanges can also take place if you wish via comments section below the article posted.

Keep safe and connected,

Dr. Anne Bergheim – Negré

President University Women of Europe