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June Transitions – Thank You, Deb, for Your 8 Years of Service to IDF

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Dear Friends & Partners,

June is a season of endings and beginnings with kids ending a school year, graduation celebrations, etc. Change is always happening beneath the surface of things but there are moments when we feel it and see it more poignantly. We feel an extra dose of change this June on a personal level as our middle child just graduated from high school and is heading off to college this Fall.

At IDF, we feel a similar poignancy of change as we announce with our colleague and founding executive director, Debra Veth, her plans to transition from her role at IDF into a new season of her career in an operating role within a non-profit organization. This transition will unfold in the coming months, but we wanted to let you, our friends and partners, know of this emerging change while it is happening and also pause to acknowledge and express our gratitude to Deb for her eight years of service to IDF.

In so many ways, Deb has left an indelible imprint on all we do at IDF. She has touched so many with her kindness and her signature strategic/operational mind that knows how to make stuff happen, builds and develops systems, and is ever looking for ways to make connections, ask good questions, add value, and enlarge the pie of goodness and justice in our world. It is an understatement to say that we would not be who we are today as a foundation without her finger prints on all levels of our work. We will miss her greatly.

Yet in this season of change, we feel great satisfaction knowing that wherever her career path takes her, we will still be colleagues in the work of social change and she will take all that she has done and learned in her work at IDF and apply it to make change happen in a new and different setting/role but toward the same larger goals that gave birth to IDF.

Know that as this change happens the IDF board continues to be committed to the same mission and values and is taking this opportunity to reflect and strategize as we head into this next chapter in IDF’s journey.

Please feel free to contact Deb directly if you have any questions or would like to talk with her about what’s next.

Deb, may love and blessings follow you wherever you invest your high ideals and talents next. Thank you for all you have done and will do to roll up your sleeves to do your part to make our world a little more kind and just. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts for your partnership over these past eight years and your contribution to the larger field of philanthropy.

All the best to you our friends and partners near and far in whatever season of change June is bringing your way,
Emily

Global Grassroots Receives a “Classy Award” for Its SKILLZ Street Program

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Exciting news: Grassroot Soccer’s SKILLZ Street program was one of 10 winners recognized in Boston, MA, at the Collaborative, hosted by Classy on June 15.

The Classy Awards is the largest awards ceremony of its kind recognizing excellence in social innovation. The winners are determined as part of a yearlong initiative by the Classy Awards Leadership Council, an honorary board of leaders and experts whose unique perspective and valuable insight establishes this recognition as one of the highest honors in the social sector. Selected from 100 finalists – and more than 3,600 applicants! – to become one of 10 winners, Grassroot Soccer took home a Classy Award at Thursday’s 7th annual celebration. Read More

Student Stars Pitch VIPs at BUILDFest – Founders Wire

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ALL CHARGED UP: Winning team Double Charge celebrates with its super-sized check at Tuesday night’s BUILDFest. By JARIANA OLUKOGA BOSTON—Student entrepreneurs and their benefactors got a double charge of innovation at Tuesday night’s BUILDFest. BUILD, a nonprofit that teaches Read More

Created Imago Dei: Trumping Misogyny In All Its Forms

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We are pleased this month to hear from Dr. Beth Gerhardt, MSW, Th.D. Professor of Theology and Social Ethics Northeastern Seminary, Rochester, NY and author of The Cross and Gendercide: A Theological Response to Global Violence Against Women and Girls in this third post in an ongoing forum on the topic “What Practical Relevance Does the ‘Imago Dei’ Have for the Advance of Human Rights, Peace, and Global Development in the 21st century?” In this post she speaks in both a maternal and a theological voice to call the church to reclaim the primacy of the imago Dei as an ethical and theological mandate for action to shed harmful patriarchal beliefs and practices and work for gender equality in both the church and society.

first post: The Ethical Challenge of the Image of God in the 21st Century – Human Rights and Beyond MARCH 9, 2017
second post: Women Breaking Caste Barriers: Made in second post: The Image of God MAY 12, 2017


Backdrop: Election Year Maternal Rage

One Saturday afternoon this past October, I walked into my living room and was greeted by my seventeen-year-old daughter with these words: “You wouldn’t believe what Trump called women!” My stomach tightened. “You mean something that has already been reported?” I asked this hopefully. Unfortunately, we had already had several conversations during the long primary season, concerning the rights of all persons to be treated with dignity, and how the insults toward women, the disabled, and foreign born individuals had no place in private discourse, and neither did they have a place in public forums.

This Saturday in October was different. I was angry. I knew I would be discussing with my daughter the reality of sexual assault, answering questions concerning whether men really do talk about women using disrespectful language in locker rooms. I would be explaining again the reasons why harassment and assault are so pervasive in our own culture. I knew that this was triggering emotional and bodily memories of their own sexual assaults for thousands of women across the country . I knew what was going to follow over the next few weeks: initial outrage would turn to denials, then minimization (“it’s just locker room talk”), and then devolve into the phase of nasty victim blaming. I was angry as I listened over the next month to well intentioned, good Christian men and women explain away the blatant sexual and misogynistic language and behavior. I watched as pundits and Christian leaders turned the harsh reality of sexual assault into “bad boy behavior.” I was angry then, and I’m angry now.

My anger has little to do with the person of Donald Trump. It has to do with how we as a society do not hold perpetrators of sexual assault accountable for their violence. It has to do with how we as a people do not support victims of this violence. It also has to do with how we as the church disassociate Scripture, and Christian theology from human rights, social ethics and justice. We proclaim that we are all created imago Dei. However, we fail to really understand that it is not a mere Christian maxim. It is action. It is about how we are commanded by our God to treat each person with the same dignity that God has bestowed on each one of us. Being created in God’s image shapes who we are as bearers of God’s goodness, mercy, graciousness, love, and dignity.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s question, “To whom are we responsible?” is the question that is before each one of us every moment of every day. We can glibly proclaim, “We are responsible to God and to each other!” Bonhoeffer, however, posed this question as an impetus to action. Being created in the imago Dei has great weight, and it has deep meaning for how we are to treat each other. It is the church’s sacred duty to embody this call in how we treat each other. Martin Luther King noted that the church is often a tail light, rather than a headlight, when it comes to calling out injustice in society. Why are we not headlights? Why do we often fail to pull back the covers of darkness to the evil reality of violence against women and girls? Why are we often silent when we see and hear victims’ cries, and the boastful stories told by perpetrators of violence? Let’s uncover the reality of the extent of the violence.

The Problem: Normalized Global Gendercide

The problem of violence against women is a horrific, global problem. If we understand Christian discipleship to mean living out the call of the imago Dei, then it is important to become conscious of the extent of the violence perpetrated against women and girls across the globe and in our own communities. Some facts from human rights organizations and government sources:· In the United States one in three to four women are battered by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

  • One in four girls is sexually abused before age eighteen. One in six women has experienced attempted or completed rape.
    Eighty million women have undergone genital mutilation in Africa alone. Globally, the number rises to 100 million.
  • Approximately, 97.5% of aborted fetuses in China are female. Sixteen percent of the female population is “missing,” due to forced abortions, abandonment of baby girls, and sex trafficking.
  • Sex trafficking is one of the most common forms of violence against women and girls. The United States is one of the top recipients of human slaves.
  • Girls die at twice the rate of boys in parts of India. Mortality rates for girls are higher than boys in 96% of developing countries.
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Sephora Stands Announces Partnership with Nomi Network to Produce Make-Up Bags for Their Classes for Confidence

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From Diana Mao, Co-Founder of Nomi Network

I am happy to announce that our partnership with Sephora Stands was announced this week by Sephora, a leader in the beauty industry with over 400 stores in the United States and operating in 33 countries. We are truly honored and humbled to partner with Sephora Stands, serving as a production resource by co-creating make-up bags for their Classes for Confidence. Nomi Network’s strategic goal is to train and help employ 100,000 women in the next five years. We are extremely grateful for Sephora’s support in helping us achieve this target and reaching the last mile population, those who are living in the most desolate and remote villages.

Below is a short video produced by Sephora that features our Cambodia program:
https://sephora.wistia.com/medias/7nqsfl6qoi

You can also learn more about our programs in India and Cambodia in this short video produced by Nomi Network highlighting our fashion school in Phnom Penh and rural empowerment program in Bihar:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg55cmbY4XY

Still Harbor Announces Applications for Its 2017-18 Spiritual Direction Practicum Cohort are Open!

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Spiritual accompaniment is essential to the quest for justice and peace in our world.

We are looking to train the next generation of spiritual leaders who seek to accompany those working for justice and peace. Read More

“Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.”
Nelson Mandela