Art and Culture
“Silent Voices through Art”
Art and culture are not only our heritage and legacy, but they also serve as therapeutic domains in disaster relief zones. The initiative “Silent Voices through Art” was a collaborative project with a courageous venture by Kausar Ahmed of Kitchen Craft. She was there with the children and spent few days in those camps with donations of medicine and craft activities to help the kids express their joy and sorrow and their incredible ideas and feelings. The best part was that children could share their joy even in times when food, clothing, and shelter could not be guaranteed on a daily basis.
Global Girl’s Leadership STEM Council an initiative of WWGC.
In the U.S. and abroad, calls abound for attracting students to engineering in high school, for providing incentives to students to complete their engineering degrees, and for increasing funding for engineering programs. Why? The argument is simple: we face unprecedented global challenges and opportunities, from the need for clean water and clean energy to fighting cyber terrorism. These challenges demand new ideas, and one obvious approach is simply to increase volume.
Currently, less than 10 percent of the engineering workforce is female. That’s a dismally low number. In order to increase that number, many schools have created special programs that give scholarships to women, which is a rational, extrinsic motivation. While the effort is admirable, it’s akin to offering incentives to purchase an unpopular model of car. A better option is to redesign the car to appeal to more people.
And prospective students believe that engineering is extremely difficult, all about math and science, and not for everyone.
But in reality, engineering isn’t just about numbers, facts, and systems. Rather, engineering is about understanding society’s problems and creating (sometimes technical) solutions. That means that we need engineers who are good systematizers and engineers who are empathetic.
We need students to hear that engineering is about helping people and society and that it’s actually a creative profession — and we need their experience in studying engineering to reflect this. So the future face of engineering education should definitely embrace the existing student profile, but others need to know there’s opportunity for them too. The future of engineering isn’t about excluding others;
Global Girl Leadership STEM Council is a signature series of workshops and field-based modules created specifically for young middle- and high-school students to develop LEADERSHIP AND SCIENTIFIC AREAS IN THE CONTEXT OF SOCIAL ISSUES AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE. The program is socially empowering; it addresses issues and concerns from real life situations that are relevant to girls of their age and covering demographics locally, nationally and globally and builds critical thinking skills and cognitive abilities.
We aim to provide an organized series of workshops and progressive leadership module that helps the girls understand how their critical thinking skills can be transformed as social engineers and build capacity, create awareness in order to help young women realize how they can address local, national, and global issues with grassroots solutions. One of the goals is to develop the energy, voice, talents, and potential of these young women who have the power to make a difference and speak on the Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics from a socially responsible perspective and not just limited to research and labs. Experts are invited and advocacy groups to understand and deliver the changing landscape of STEM is highly encouraged to build a cohesive dialogue with young men, their female peers, and civic leaders to help the stop gap challenge in ideas to actions.
Library units created with the assistance of the Global Encounters project
Library units were created with the assistance of youth in the Global Encounters project at three different schools, including Mtongwe Girls Secondary, an all-girls’ secondary school supported by EMACK (Education for Marginalized Children in Kenya), an Aga Khan Foundation initiative. Service projects here focus on literacy, supporting the instructional communications and technology lab (ICT), and helping to train teachers on how to implement and best utilize computers in the classroom. The students will also be working to convert an empty room into a library and working with the female students on empowerment training, student council governance, and sports.
WWGC collected, with the help of generous donors, 50,000 PKR during flood relief to Developments in Literacy
Developments in literacy, an organization whose mission is to educate and empower underprivileged students, especially girls, by operating student-centered model schools. They also provide high-quality professional development to teachers and principals across Pakistan.
WWGC recently partnered with ARY Digital media to set up libraries for disadvantaged children in 26 schools. Six thousand books worth $47,000 were sent this year to Karachi, Pakistan.
Books leaving the storage house in Dallas, TX for for schools in Pakistan in need of library books and educational units.
Environmental sustainability is essential in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
Environmental sustainability is essential in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, especially poverty reduction. Changes in the size, rate of growth, and distribution of populations have a far-reaching impact on the environment and on development prospects. The largest population increases and the most fragile environmental conditions are usually found in poor countries, which typically have limited financial means and the least adequate political and managerial resources to address the challenges. This threatens sustainable development and produces further deterioration in living standards and quality of life. Environmental crises, including those brought on by changing weather patterns, have the greatest impact on the poor in developing countries. Attaining the goals of the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), especially universal access to gender-sensitive and quality reproductive health services, will help to achieve a more favorable balance between population and available resources.
WWGC is a global, cross-functional group of advocates, philanthropists, civic leaders, environmental experts, and corporate green champions whose goal is to identify and promote sustainable environmental practices. The council is composed of representatives from the functional groups responsible for key areas related to environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility. We believe that when we engage communities we can realize our goals of
- Climate change/carbon reduction
- Energy and resource conservation
- Education and awareness
Our efforts to protect the environment are based on our understanding of the complexity of the natural world. Women workforce recognizes the importance of conserving biological diversity—the rich variety of life on Earth, its ecosystems and species, and the ecological processes that support them.
WWGC shares the global goal. We believe in corporate responsibility and in engaging businesses as partners in programs that ensure our mutual success in creating a world in which harnessing energy sources is compatible with an environment that is clean, safe, and healthy for our families.
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- We also lead workshops and afterschool projects and help students create, explore, and address issues within their communities and connect with resources to find solutions.
- We work with city mayors to assist them in creating green communities and collaborate with various social agencies from education to small business that engage in productive dialogues and find coherent solutions for local capacity building.
- Your ideas are welcome—from technology assisted programs to field-based initiatives.
Autism advocates, champions, volunteers, and WWGC founder/president
Participating in “Walk for Autism” with middle and high school student groups.
Autism Advocates, Champions, Volunteers, and WWGC founder/president
One of the media initiatives that WWGC has advocated in the past seven years is the advocacy of special needs children and bringing awareness to the challenges faced by caregivers and parents. It is sad that the stories that are delivered through the mainstream print and broadcasting media are an enigma for many parents in because of the number of approaches. What is actually the truth? This question is posed by WWGC and addressed by culturally aligned practice experts from parents to psychologists and social research activists. Autism is a growing epidemic, and women who raise autistic children need help, support, and a socially aware community who sees this as learning difference rather than a disability. Nagla M. has been a great community advocate and has often contributed great ideas for WWGC to cover on and off the air.
2013 Special Need Initiative by Jewish Family Services
WWGC is working with Jewish Family Services to organize the very first symposium in 2013 in collaboration with all community leaders and faith-based institutions. Consultancy and best practices are shared by WWGC so together this forum for the special needs community becomes a learning opportunity for all, generating awareness and resources for families to thrive in positive conditions rather than feel deprived and abandoned.
Jewish Family Services of Greater Dallas receives grant to create inclusive Faith-based communities symposia.
Led by local faith leaders, new programming will create opportunities to empower individuals with disabilities to reach their highest potential in the community.
Dallas, TX, June 14, 2012 — Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas (JFS) is pleased to announce the organization was awarded a grant from the Texas Council on Developmental Disabilities to create a series of inclusive, faith-based communities symposia in an effort to share successful strategies to fully embrace individuals with disabilities, and their families, throughout the community. Tentatively scheduled for February 2013, the first of two symposia will include opportunities for spiritual leaders and lay leaders from a cross-section of faith communities in the four-county region, including Dallas, Rockwall, Collin and Denton counties. Faith leaders will collaborate to create opportunities that empower an individual or family with a disability to reach their highest potential in the community, whether it is a social, emotional, behavioral, academic or spiritual need.
A 12-member project advisory committee comprised of influential community leaders was assembled to focus on studying successful models within the Greater Dallas community and regions across the state and around the country. The research and study of successful inclusion programs, as well as a community consumer survey, will help to identify the crucial needs of the special needs population and their families to plan and implement strategies for broader inclusive programming.
“With the growing numbers of kids and adults being identified with special needs coupled with the challenge of federal and state budget cuts for services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the need for coordinated, community-wide services through a network of faith-based communities is imperative,” said Teri Kachur, Project Director at JFS. “There are a number of successful faith-based programs in the greater Dallas community and we look forward to collaborating and sharing ideas to continue to meet the growing needs of our community.”