Topic: Civic Engagement

Disruptive Media: Changing the Conversation in Israel with Local Call

WDN members heard an update on the work of Local Call — a grantee of the Middle East Peace & Democracy Circle — in a recent webinar entitled Disruptive Media: Changing the Conversation in Israel. Suhad Babaa, Executive Director of Just Vision, Yael Marom, Co-Founder and Co-Editor of Just Vision, and Anya Rous, Manager of Strategic Relationships, were featured speakers. 
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WDN’s Donor Circles Help Members Take Strategic Collective Action

For WDN’s donor circles, 2013 was a year of collective action. Four of our nine circles spearheaded a project for joint giving this year, on issues ranging from reproductive health to the role of women in building peace around the world. More projects are in the works now for 2014, as well. Below you will find a summary of the collective work of the circles this year. Read More »

Women Building a Just Peace Circle Funds Popular Brochure for Funders

A growing body of research shows that women are a powerful but underutilized force for peace, yet very few philanthropic dollars are devoted to women, peace and security. A 2012 report from the Peace and Security Funders Group found that slightly over $33 million was invested in civil society efforts to further the women, peace and security agenda — lagging far behind philanthropic investment in other areas such as global health, development and response to humanitarian crises.
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Veterans Exposed to Toxins Get Help After Publicity from Documentary Semper Fi: Always Faithful

Several changes have taken places as a result of attention to the issue following the release of the film. In February 2012, the Pentagon revised rules to allow women to serve in jobs putting them closer to the front lines, but not in all-male infantry, armor and special operations units. In May 2012, the Marine Corps announced plans to train women in its infantry officer school in order to determine additional combat-related jobs that could become available to women in the future. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Lynn Israel

Lynn became passionate about philanthropy at the age of nine, after leading her community in efforts to assist the family of a man who died attempting to intervene in a gas station robbery. The community rallied around her efforts, and Lynn realized "what one person could do for someone else," sparking a passion for philanthropy that has lasted a lifetime. Read More »

Member Spotlight: Diane Israel

Diane's career and philanthropy have been heavily influenced by her struggles with poor body image and eating disorders. Her psychotherapy practice allows her to work with clients struggling with body dysmorphia and her film Beauty Mark explores how media images lead young women to have unrealistic expectations for how their bodies should look. Read More »

All Against the Haul Coalition Partners Celebrate Victory Over ExxonMobil

The WDN-supported All Against the Haul Coalition achieved a big victory last week when ExxonMobil and its partners withdrew their application for permits to transport oversized loads over public roads in Montana and Idaho to the Alberta Tar Sands in Canada. WDN's Earth Circle provided seed funding for the All Against the Haul coalition, and is proud to celebrate this victory with them. Read More »

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