We Get an Update from Omek: Ukraine Crisis and the African Diasopra

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Angela and Adrianne check in with Kemo from OMEK about the situation in Ukraine, what’s happening now with African students, and how you can still help.

We also talk about OMEK’s Africa Day Celebration.

Omek – Home of the global bicultural community https://myomek.com/

Do you want to help, or are you Looking for help? OMEK UKRAINE RESOURCE LIST https://omek.carrd.co/

Celebrating Africa Day in Amsterdam & Online 25 – 29 May 2022 https://www.africaday.events/

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Women’s Wellness Initiative in Sweden

You are invited to share our flyer above with your network, family, and friends.

My name is Soror Lind. I am a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Welcome to the information page for the Women’s Wellness Initiative I am running in Sweden. I am a military wife and a member of our Sorority’s Military Initiatives Ad Hoc Committee Task Force. I am the lead for coordinating and maintaining contact with our active duty and retired Sorors and military family outside of the United States.

Since joining our illustrious Sorority in 2020, this is my first international service project. I chose Women’s and Girls Shelters across Sweden that serve domestic abuse victims. Why is this important? Here are some facts from the World Health Organization.

Violence against women

Key facts – Here is the source and link for more information.
  • Violence against women – particularly intimate partner violence and sexual violence – is a major public health problem and a violation of women’s human rights.
  • Estimates published by WHO indicate that globally about 1 in 3 (30%) of women worldwide have been subjected to either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
  • Most of this violence is intimate partner violence. Worldwide, almost one-third (27%) of women aged 15-49 years who have been in a relationship report that they have been subjected to some form of physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner.
  • Violence can negatively affect women’s physical, mental, sexual, and reproductive health, and may increase the risk of acquiring HIV in some settings.
  • Violence against women is preventable. The health sector has an important role to play to provide comprehensive health care to women subjected to violence, and as an entry point for referring women to other support services, they may need.

Additional shelters to support may be added. Some shelters provide housing, while others offer different services. You are able to choose which shelter you want to support by either donating hygiene articles or money directly to the shelter.

In Sweden, women’s and girls’ shelters are organized by Roks.

Roks.se

Roks, the National Organisation for Women’s Shelters and Young Women’s Shelters in Sweden, is the largest member organization for women’s shelters and young women’s shelters in the country. Roks aims at safeguarding the common interests of the shelters in their work against male violence toward women.

Roks strives to shape public opinion, and actively works to make the public aware of the reality that the shelters face, as well as to conduct outward dialogues around the issues concerning the shelters. There are currently around 100 women’s and young women’s shelters within the organization.

Roks is a feministic organization working on the rights of women and young women’s rights and liberation, as well as equality on all levels. 
 

The Women’s Shelters

Each shelter is independent with its own working methods. However, what all the shelters have in common is an emergency helpline where women and young women can call if they need support. All callers can choose to remain anonymous should they so wish, and no one is registered.

The women’s shelters offer support based on the individual needs and wishes of each woman. Perhaps she needs to talk about her situation and her current relationship. She might even need advice about a police report or a custody dispute. It could also be about being the victim of sexual abuse, either recently or several years ago. The women working at the shelters provide conversational support and advice and can also go along as support when visiting the police, lawyers, and social services for example. Many shelters also offer sheltered housing for women and their children.

A number of shelters also have a separate legal hotline. Some shelters have text telephones to cater to women with impaired hearing. Other shelters specialize in receiving adults subjected to incest.

Find a Women’s shelter here.
 

The Young Women’s Shelters

There are approximately 30 young women’s shelters within Roks, of which around ten are independent organizations. The young women’s shelters work in much the same way as the women’s shelters but turn to younger women who, for example, have been subjected to threats, ill-treatment, and sexual abuse, or, for some other reason, need to talk to another girl. They also actively work towards making the public aware of the girls’ living conditions. The Young Women’s shelters have their own website at www.rokstjejjourer.se

How you can help regardless of your geographical location

If you are reading this, you may be in a position to help. Below, you are able to learn more about the shelters we are supporting.

You can read more about my Sorority Sigma Gamma Rho’s Women’s Wellness Initiative from this link: bit.ly/MIAHWWISE

You can donate directly to the shelter you would like to support. Those details are below.

You can purchase hygiene articles from Amazon from our list to be delivered to the shelter from this link: bit.ly/MIAHWWI2. Choose Cecilia Heikkinen’s Gift Registry Address for delivery.

If you are familiar with a women’s or girls’ shelter in Sweden we have yet to work with, please share this page with them and email me via adrianne.georgelind (at) sgrhoneregion.org. I am super happy to add them to our list if they accept our help.

Motala Kvinnojour is a non-partisan and non-religious non-profit association that works for a society free from men’s violence and oppression. The on-call service consists of a board, two full-time on-call women, and non-voluntary on-call women. Motala Kvinnojour’s mission is to be a refuge from violence by offering unconditional support for women and children. If you are in Sweden, you can make a cash donation: Swish 123 0298117 Bangiro: 439-6107. Please note SGRHO.
Alla Kvinnors Hus is a non-profit association that is religiously and politically independent. Our way of working is based on help for self-help. We do not register anyone; you can be anonymous and we have a vow of secrecy. We listen, give advice and support and support you in what you want to do. Alla Kvinnors Hus offers, among other things: Help and support if you are exposed to threats or abuse in any form Sheltered housing for those who have to flee your home Support calls and advice Self-help groups for women who have been abused, incest, and sexually abused Support for contact with authorities Education on men’s violence against women Study circles Information to other associations, police, social services and more. If you are in Sweden, you can make a cash donation: Bankgiro 5614-8190 Swish 123 149 81 46. Please note SGRHO.
The Women’s Association against Violence in Karlskoga / Degerfors works against men’s violence against women, girls, and children. We run sheltered housing, open support activities, and dissemination of information in our area. The activity is aimed at anyone who defines themselves as girls or women. Purchase hygiene articles from our Amazon list for direct delivery bit.ly/MIAHWWI2. You can purchase hygiene articles from Amazon from our list to be delivered to the shelter from this link: bit.ly/MIAHWWI2. Choose Cecilia Heikkinen’s Gift Registry Address for delivery. Or if you are in Sweden you can make a cash donation: Swish  1230927590 or Bankgiro 5115-3930. Please note SGRHO.
Stockholm’s girls ‘shelter is Sweden’s first girls’ shelter with 25 years of experience in supporting and strengthening girls and young women. We are a non-profit feminist association that is politically and religiously independent. The purpose of the association is to support and strengthen girls and young women and reduce repeated vulnerability. To us, anyone who defines themselves as girls and young women between the ages of 10-30 from all over the country can turn to us for support and help. We are available via email, chat, or phone. If you are in Sweden you can make a cash donation: Swish 123 5622 527 Please note SGRHO.

Thank you! or tack as we say here in Sweden.

Thank you for choosing to support women, their children, and girls that seek help when they are in a domestic violence situation. Every bit helps the women’s and girls’ shelters serve them and us. I will update this page with donation totals.

Soror Lind

Free Web Hosting Advantages

Trying to select a reliable free web host can be a daunting task especially with so many service providers and options available nowadays. The task may be more difficult than it is.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular features that a free web hosting provider should offer:

 

Disk space and bandwidth

Disk space refers to the amount of storage space allocated to you by your free web hosting provider. This space will be used to store your website files, including text files, images, audio, etc. that you use for your website.

Bandwidth refers to the amount of data transfer allowed on your website. I mean, every time a visitor types your website name in his browser, browses, downloads and browses his files, he consumes the amount of bandwidth.

For example, if your website contains a lot of graphics (such as photographs), you will need more storage space and more bandwidth.

 

Website Builder & FTP

If this is your first website and you have little experience, look for a free web hosting provider that offers a free website builder app where you can create your own website simply by choosing a template and adding your own text and images.

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. It’s your website’s file transfer protocol from your computer to your free web hosting server, or vice versa. This allows you to upload finished website files (including images and other multimedia files) from your computer to your service provider’s server. It also allows you to download your files from your web hosting server back to your computer. A good free web hosting provider should provide open FTP access 24/7.

 

E-mail
Yes, your free web hosting provider should provide you with email services – so you can set up your email accounts In addition to an easy mail interface (so you can log in and manage your emails using your web browser), a mail service should include Email also has POP3 and SMTP access so you can set up and access email messages using your mobile devices.

 

Support and professionalism
You should always choose a free web hosting service with good support and a constant presence.

While no host can offer 100% guaranteed uptime (think of issues outside their control, like city power outages), they should keep website and email downtime to a very minimum. These actions may include 24/7 server and network monitoring. While you may not fully understand these technical aspects, look to see if your free web hosting provider has listed them somewhere on their website. If not, ask them about it.

 

the price
If you are looking for a free web hosting provider, then you should expect to pay absolutely nothing for all the essential features mentioned above. But they may display ads on your site so that they can benefit from your site visits to profit

 

When Internet users want to view your website, all they need to do is type your website address into their browser. Their computer will then connect to your server and your web pages will be shown to them through the browser.

Most web hosting companies require you to have your own domain (www.example.com) in order to be their customer. If you don’t have a domain, web hosting companies will help you buy one.

the word for webhosting :   شركة سعودية رسمية لاستضافة المواقع

Bellydance workout class: LET’S DO US! Series

You are invited to let loose and have fun with a Bellydance workout class led by Chantal Dos Santos on June 25, 2020, during the LET’S DO US! series created by Black Women in Europe (®) to be a part of our solution for surviving and thriving in these uncertain COVID-19 days, weeks, and months.

Chantal Dos Santos

Chantal Dos Santos
Chantal is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus on dance. She has been active in improvisation, Contemporary dance, Afro-Caribbean, and Oriental Dance in addition to a variety of world folk dances. Chantal is recognized by the Canada Council for the Arts as a Cultural Connector and has been funded by both the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council to undertake choreography projects in Canada and abroad. As a teacher, her course offerings have included: Holistic Bellydance, Afro-Caribbean Dance, Dance Improvisation, Movement Meditation, Supple & Strong: Hip and Pelvic Floor Training, and SocaFit. Chantal splits her time between Canada, Barbados, and Germany. Find out more about Chantal’s work at cdsmovement.com and under her stage name ‘Jomana’ at bellydancebarbados.com

​Bellydance Workout

Using fundamental Bellydance movements, this gentle yet full-body workout focuses on mobilizing your body and enlivening your spirit. Suitable for all levels of ability, this workout emphasizes the balanced wellness of mind, body, and spirit. 

Registration is required and limited to 100 participants.

LET'S DO US!

Research shows youth with migration background outperforming ethnic Danish youth in education

New research shows that young people with a non-Western background are more likely to achieve higher education than ethnic Danish young people. Overall, migrants and refugees have lower educational levels than ethnic Danes, and children with non-Western backgrounds get lower grades in school. But a study by the independent think tank DEA finds that the opposite is true after controlling for parents? income and other socioeconomic factors.

In other words, a young person growing up in Denmark with non-Western parents is more likely to end up getting a higher education than an ethnic Danish peer if their parents have the same level of income.

Read the full story.

Most years since 2010 have witnessed a rising inflow of sub-Saharan asylum applicants in Europe

Source: Pew Research Center

At Least a Million Sub-Saharan Africans Moved to Europe Since 2010

Sub-Saharan migration to the United States also growing

Migrants rescued off the coast of Libya wait to disembark from the supply vessel OOC Panther in the Sicilian port of Messina, Italy, in April 2017. (Sipa via AP)

Migrants rescued off the coast of Libya wait to disembark from the supply vessel OOC Panther in the Sicilian port of Messina, Italy, in April 2017. (Sipa via AP)

International migration from countries in sub-Saharan Africa?has grown dramatically?over the past decade,1?including to Europe2and the United States. Indeed, most years since 2010 have witnessed a rising inflow of sub-Saharan asylum applicants in Europe, and lawful permanent residents and refugees in the U.S.

The factors pushing people to leave sub-Saharan Africa ? and the paths they take to arrive at their destinations ? vary from country to country and individual to individual. In the case of Europe, the population of sub-Saharan migrants has been boosted by the influx of nearly 1 million?asylum applicants?(970,000) between 2010 and 2017, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from?Eurostat, Europe?s statistical agency. Sub-Saharan Africans also moved to European Union countries, Norway and Switzerland as international students and resettled refugees, through family reunification and by other means.3

In the U.S., those fleeing conflict also make up a portion of the more than 400,000 sub-Saharan migrants who moved to the States between 2010 and 2016. According to data from?U.S. Department of Homeland Securityand?U.S. State Department, 110,000 individuals from sub-Saharan countries were?resettled as refugees?over this seven-year period. An additional 190,000 were granted lawful permanent residence by virtue of family ties; nearly 110,000 more entered the U.S. through the?diversity visa?program.4

Read the full report.

Help us compile the most comprehensive directory of?organizations across Europe that support black women by sending the names of groups you?know to contact@bwiesmg.org. Thank you.

Black History is Important

Adrianne George, our Founder, and Chair, talking ever so briefly to Metro Sverige about Black History Month. She is very grateful her colleagues Sigma Dolins and Alexander Lange?- Vice Chair and Chair, respectively of Democrats Abroad Sweden sent them her way.

Black History Month

Here is the full interview from which the article above was written:

How come the US celebrates black history month?
?Good question! Black History Month in the US is a celebration of the achievements of African Americans and their importance to American History. It started as a week in 1926 as the brainchild of?Harvard-trained historian Carter G.?Woodson?and Rev Jesse E. Moorland. They founded a national organization to study and document “negro” life and history. They choose the 2nd week of February because, that year, it?coincided with the birthdays of?Abraham Lincoln?and?Frederick Douglass. Makes sense seeing how President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves, the predecessors of African Americans, and Frederick Douglass was a ferocious, tireless, and globally acclaimed abolitionist and himself a former slave.
Why is it so important?
?Black History Month is important because black history – African American history – is the history of the United States of America. You can’t talk, think about, study or appreciate the history of the USA without an honest look at how it was founded, how it participated in the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade which leads to extreme riches and extreme horror, or gave birth to the first American Patriot to fall at the Boston Massacre,?Crispus?Attucks, which lead to the American Revolution. You have to remember the brutality of rape and lynching that lead to The Blues and Gospel music.
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You have to study America’s repressive segregationist laws to see how they lead to the Civil Rights movement and a woman like Rosa Parks and a leader like Malcolm X, Jazz, Bebop, Soul, Rock & Roll and Rhythm & Blues. You have to study how making amendments to the US Constitution, for example, to abolish slavery, and to end segregation in schools were civil right victories for all Americans. And even though Black History Month started as a week in 1926 the world is witnessing the Black Lives Matter movement in 2017-2018 which in itself explains why Black History Month is important.
How do they celebrate it?
Well, there is the political way:
In 1975, President Ford issued a?Message on the Observance of Black History Week urging all Americans to “recognize the important contribution made to our nation’s life and culture by black citizens.”?? As soon as the organization organizing the week extended the celebration to a month the following year, President Ford endorsed that too. Then in 1986, Congress passed?Public Law 99-244?which designated February 1986 as “National Black (Afro-American) History Month.? President Reagan issued?Presidential Proclamation 5443?which proclaimed that ?the foremost purpose of Black History Month is to make all Americans aware of this struggle for freedom and equal opportunity.??In January 1996, President Clinton issued?Presidential Proclamation 6863?for ?National African American History Month.” The proclamation emphasized the theme for that year, the achievements of black women from Sojourner Truth to Mary McLeod Bethune and Toni Morrison. In February 1996 the Senate passed?Senate Resolution 229?commemorating Black History Month and the contributions of African American U.S. Senators.?Since 1996, Presidents have issued annual proclamations for National African American History Month. On February 1, 2011, President Obama issued a?Proclamation?
reflecting on the theme of ?African Americans and the Civil War?. In 2017 President Trump proclaimed?
African American History Month calls upon us to?reflect on the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans. This year the President said, “?This year?s theme, ?African Americans in Times of War,? calls our attention to the heroic contributions of African Americans during our Nation?s military conflicts, from the Revolutionary War to present-day operations”.
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And the community way:
This varies by city and State but in my experience includes museum and art exhibitions, concerts and dance performances, school projects across disciplines from social studies to history and art, on all levels from elementary to University. There are business expos and Buy Black fairs and a celebration of food and everything that makes African Americans unique from hairstyles to wardrobe choices. It’s a time to look in the mirror and like what you see, which isn’t always easy for African Americans to do when you’re worried that you could become a poster child for Black Lives Matter if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Are there any controversies around the celebration? If so, what are they?
I can’t think of any but then again there was pushback from some constituencies in the US about creating a national holiday to remember the life and death of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I’m waiting for the release of the new $20 bill with the face of a slave, Underground Railroad conductor, Union Army spy, Abolitionist and?defacto?feminist, Harriet Tubman.??The $20 bill would retire Andrew Jackson. Bold, no doubt, and I can proudly say an Obama Administration initiative. Let’s not forget that America is a country whose Presidents owned slaves. Andrew Jackson was one of those. He was also no friend of 1st Nationals in the Southeast of the US. Having Harriet Tubman on a paper bill in US currency would be a first for an African American and the first for a woman in 100 years.
Any specific reason Sweden doesn?t celebrate it?
In Europe, Black History Month is celebrated in the UK. And for good reason. The British colonized many African and Caribbean countries and even though slavery wasn’t legal in the UK her business community profited greatly from the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Certainly, other countries in Europe could recognize a month to celebrate the contribution of blacks in their societies based on their colonial pasts. In 2011 there was a demonstration by Afro-Swedes in Stockholm for Sweden to recognize its role in the slave trade too (https://afroeurope.blogspot.se/2011/05/black-people-in-sweden-demonstrated-for.html).??Afrophobic?hate crime rose in Sweden between 2008 and 2012 as reported in The Local, in parallel or because of a vibrant and important black community in Sweden. This community has produced high achieving cabinet ministers, artists, athletes, etc.??
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But then again I have been to Black History Month celebrations in Stockholm in the past. One was arranged by the US Embassy’s Cultural Department and featured my beloved Alma matter? Howard University’s Gospel Choir. Another event organized by a US Fulbright student from Boston University doing research in Sweden. She arranged an evening with former child prodigy James Bradley, Jr who is a professional drummer in Stockholm.