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Humanitarian Advocacy

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This bee hive is one which seeks to share and promote stories, events, and information, and solutions on social issues, from refugees to employees.

A Humanitarian is within everyone of us. We can choose to make a difference in the lives of others. Being an advocate of human welfare highlights the value of life and wellbeing to everyone, everywhere. There are no territorial boundaries, nor language barriers. Need looks the same everywhere. Exploitation looks the same everywhere. Love looks the same everywhere.

This hive will hopefully evolve and become a place where we are able to actively showcase causes, and needs of this community and the world at large.
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  1. ProducerPascal Derrien

    Pascal Derrien

    Fat Chicken Or Fact Checking
    Fat Chicken Or Fact CheckingAt a first glance the above look like a fat chicken well maybe it is maybe it’s not, personally I would like to think it’s a radish with some chocolate fondant on top or maybe it’s a wooden carved piece that has gone haywire I don’t know. Maybe you...


    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    15/11/2016 #13 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    It looks the same, and is acceptable as the same until scrutiny -the chicken. Interesting topic which I have not given much attention to. Much to think about. Thanks for sharing @Pascal Derrien
    Dean Owen
    15/11/2016 #12 Dean Owen
    I think of Thailand when I read this article. Thailand, on the surface, appears to have an deep acceptance for transgenders, but I fear in truth, they are limited in career scope and often, by choice or not, end up doing cabaret. Pretty cool picture!
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    15/11/2016 #11 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #10 True dear Pascal. The mind knows what the body doesn't. And sometimes the body has a mind of its own! :) I was only talking about the fear and distrust of the unknown that we species have. If things are unraveled and demystified/defined acceptance is something that would eventually ensue. Am not sure who is to blame for making it all a shame-game, but defining things would really help i feel. Clarity helps Conclusion. And hopefully, inclusion.
    Pascal Derrien
    15/11/2016 #10 Pascal Derrien
    #9 some of my friends would tell that you they have no confusion about the gender and they know very well who they are it has more to do with the body not reflecting that clarity :-)
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    15/11/2016 #9 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #8 Defining things is a great start. Gender confusion only adds to the confusion in general perception.
    Pascal Derrien
    15/11/2016 #8 Pascal Derrien
    #5 @Praveen Raj Gullepalli I would agree that we need to get past the folklore of the lady boys and other local clichés to get rid of the sarcasm and other attitudes globally :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    15/11/2016 #7 Pascal Derrien
    #4 thanks Ali, it is a tricky subject if not difficult to talk about I had to be exposed to it to fully engage and make the effort to understand :-) it is going to be a long journey....
    Pascal Derrien
    15/11/2016 #6 Pascal Derrien
    #3 thanks @Aurorasa Sima one person actually lives in Germany while the other resides in Ireland very different experience whether it is in a family, social or work environment so I can only imagine how hard it can be elsewhere :-(
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    15/11/2016 #5 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Might fancy way of cocking a snook if I may say so dear Pascal! :) That's a complicated subject there and I never seem to get even beyond the definitions of what a Trans-gender/sexual/vestite/Eunuch/ is or are...just to take things far. We have a lot of them this part of the world. Not sure if they are posers or are for real. Hey, that looks like a wood-carved spinning string-top (the kinda thingy with a pointy nail at the bottom, with a grooved torso for the string to wrap around and release. (sort of a bey blade). There. I have exhausted both imagination and related buzz words there! Cock-a-doodle-dandy to you too!
    Ali Anani
    15/11/2016 #4 Ali Anani
    ATtention-grabbing title and material as well. I echo the comment of @Aurorasa Sima, but without the last segment of it as I am not sure what the attitude is here. Thanks @Pascal Derrien for sharing this unusual topic as very few has dared to step in its land.
    Aurorasa Sima
    15/11/2016 #3 Aurorasa Sima
    I could live with the know-it-alls. It´s harder to tolerate the tell-it-alls. The worst kind are the force-it-alls. In many countries, Transgender people have to fear for their lives.

    To feel repulsed by an undefined veggie posing as a cock, I mean rooster, is ok in my book. It´s a primal instinct. Anything else is not.

    In Germany, nobody really cares what you do and what you wear while you do what you do.
    Pascal Derrien
    15/11/2016 #2 Pascal Derrien
    #1 thanks @Mark Anthony for reading, I am in the same boat I don't know much so we have that in common and obviously a passion for radish freedom :-)
    Mark Anthony
    15/11/2016 #1 Mark Anthony
    Yes @Pascal Derrien there do seem to be those that think they know everything about everything . Alas , I don't . I do have some strong opinions st times and can get a bit ahead of myself . However , after careful reflection I concede to the fact that I know very little in the Scheme of things . I do believe , however that you have written a lovely piece here and anyone has the right to be who they feel they are in peace and love . Cross dressing radish included .
  2. ProducerPrakashan B.V

    Prakashan B.V

    When is the last time you have done a random act of kindness ?
    When is the last time you have done a random act of kindness ?"When is the last time you have done a random act of kindness?";....Asked the teacher.We were into a one week training session.This happened several years back.This was one of those early morning training program and on the third day the teacher...


    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    30/10/2016 #8 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Prakashan B.V...sometimes just asking a question gives others the opening to speak and know someone cares...it is good, to just be kind.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    30/10/2016 #7 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Prakashan B.V...thank you for this. It was a great assignment . Sometimes one does not have to look very far to make a difference in the lives of others. I was driving home from the airport at approximately 5am, and I was tired and in a hurry to get back to sleep. I was about ten minutes away when I decided to use a back street. As I crossed an intersection I passed a lady sitting on the ground. Decided to turn around, cause it was a one-way, and give her a smile and some money, and Best wishes for a good day... The smile she gave me, made my day.
    Prakashan B.V
    25/10/2016 #6 Prakashan B.V
    Thanks Everyone...
    Prakashan B.V
    25/10/2016 #5 Prakashan B.V
    @Franci Eugenia Hoffman: Thanks for adding that...Yes, Agree with you totally kindness should be an everyday occurrence.
    Prakashan B.V
    25/10/2016 #4 Prakashan B.V
    @Deb Helfrich: That was really kind of you to share your experience with us..Appreciate.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    25/10/2016 #3 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #2 Thank you for sharing your experience Deb
    Deb Helfrich
    25/10/2016 #2 Deb Helfrich
    This was a fantastic read, @Prakashan B.V. In the beginning you went through your day intent on fulfilling your need to be kind, rather than observing where it was needed. We all do this so often.

    I remember a tremendous kindness when I worked for Bose in the Boston area. I was a temporary in the HR dept with an end date right before Christmas, as they closed for the week between Christmas and New Years. A woman I didn't know very well - also in HR - gave me a holiday card that last afternoon, dropping it by my desk as she made her way through the office. I opened it and was shocked that she had enclosed a $50 bill. I'd been on a contract for only 3 months and she was not someone I interacted with as part of my job, just someone I chatted with in the hallway. I went to thank her profusely, and she said she remembered how much it meant to her in her early twenties when someone slipped her an unexpected card with cash.

    She said she had heard me talking to some of the job applicants - my role in recruiting was to give a tour of the facility and walk them around to the offices of the folks they would interview with. She said that the small things I said to entice the candidates to work there was obviously sincere and that on more than one occasion she passed me as I encouraged the person to not be anxious and gave them an interview pep-talk.

    This story was tucked in my memory, Prakashan, and you've done a random act for me by bringing it back to my consciousness. I cannot stop feeling how it felt to drive home for Christmas thinking of this colleague who noticed how I did my job and was thoughtful enough to let me know in the most unexpected way.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    25/10/2016 #1 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Acts of kindness should be an everyday occurrence. For example - Letting the person with only a couple of items in front of you in the grocery store; holding a door open for someone in a wheelchair; letting someone know they dropped something important; listening to others!
  3. ProducerJosé Manuel López  García
    ÉXODO MASIVO DE MOSULÉxodo masivo de Mosul La salida o huida de Mosul de más de un millón de personas en los próximos meses puede crear una situación dantesca si no se toman las medidas de asistencia y ayuda humanitaria necesarias. La ofensiva del ejército...
  4. ProducerDavid B. Grinberg
    Why Disability Employment = Good Business
    Why Disability Employment = Good BusinessIn case you missed it, this week marked the 26th anniversary for one of the USA's landmark civil rights laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). All savvy employers should know by now that providing equal opportunities to people...


    David B. Grinberg
    25/10/2016 #28 David B. Grinberg
    DID YOU KNOW (DYK)? October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in the USA. Here's how business benefits from hiring qualified employees with disabilities...
    Kevin Pellon
    07/10/2016 #27 Kevin Pellon
    @David B. Grinberg thx for sharing! We are seeing more and more business supporting opportunities for these folks
    David B. Grinberg
    07/10/2016 #26 David B. Grinberg
    No, thank YOU, for sharing on Twitter, DL. I really appreciate your gracious support and hope all is well with you and your family per Hurricane Matthew.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    07/10/2016 #25 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #24 Wow thanks for sharing this David Grinberg
    David B. Grinberg
    06/10/2016 #24 David B. Grinberg
    Did YOU know? In the USA, October is the annual observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Learn more:
    Presidential Proclamation: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/30/presidential-proclamation-national-disability-employment-awareness-month
    President Obama: “Americans with disabilities are entitled to the same rights and freedoms as any other citizen -- including the right to dignity and respect in the workplace. Too often in our Nation's history, individuals with disabilities have been eager to work but could not find a job, facing red tape, discrimination, or employers who assumed that disabled meant unable and refused to hire them. This month, we recognize the significant progress our country has made for those living with disabilities, and we honor the lasting contributions and diverse skills they bring to our workforce.”
    U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Disability Employment Policy: https://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/ndeam/index.htm “NDEAM dates back to 1945, when Congress declared the first week in October National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week. Learn more about the origins and evolution of NDEAM and other important events in disability employment.”
    U.S. Department of Defense: http://www.defense.gov/News/Special-Reports/1016_NDEAM
    mohammed khalaf
    31/07/2016 #23 mohammed khalaf
    Thanks , David Grinberg ,for keeping us in touch with the human part of the disability population .It seems that many presidents have lost touch with their employees which are suffering from disability
    Monica Chetal
    31/07/2016 #22 Monica Chetal
    Great post. Thank you for sharing
    Brigette Hyacinth
    31/07/2016 #21 Brigette Hyacinth
    Thanks @David B. Grinberg for this exceptional post. Thanks for bringing awareness to this very important issue. So sad "individuals with disabilities still confront a plethora of unfounded myths, fears and stereotypes about their ability to do the job." In addition to their disabilities they have to face so much setbacks. Employers should not just focus on worshiping the Almighty dollar but on doing what is right and positively contributing to the society.
    David B. Grinberg
    29/07/2016 #20 David B. Grinberg
    Thanks for @Larry Boyer and @Lisa Gallagher for taking the time to share your excellent comments and important insights -- plus the shares, tweets. I really appreciate your kind support and positive social media engagement. Have a wonderful weekend!
    Larry Boyer
    29/07/2016 #19 Larry Boyer
    Another important point to remember if you arent' disabled you are very likely only a temporarily able bodied person. I first learned that growing up from Fred Small's "The Talking Wheel Chair Blues": Listen for some perspective.

    Larry Boyer
    29/07/2016 #18 Larry Boyer
    One of the things I've been impressed with the Federal Government is how they back this up and hire disabled people. One of the things holding back more hiring, in my opinion, is a lack of education on the disabled and how they can contribute as well as how to appropriately work with someone with a disability. Like all minorities, its a lack of understanding someone who is different that creates fear. The disabled understand those who aren't disabled. So it's up to the able bodied to put in some effort to understand.
    Lisa Gallagher
    29/07/2016 #17 Lisa Gallagher
    Great topic @David B. Grinberg! Employees should always be hired based on their abilities. As they say, actions speak louder than words- so employers who embrace these ideals set a good example for everyone. I hope it becomes contagious. Thanks for a great write up!
    David B. Grinberg
    29/07/2016 #16 David B. Grinberg
    Thanks so much for sharing your important insights and valuable views, which are most appreciated as always! @Donna-Luisa Eversley @Debbie O'Halloran @Franci Eugenia Hoffman @Michael Hillebrand Sally @Sarah (Sally) McCabe cc: @Javier beBee @Matt Sweetwood @John White, MBA @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian @Lisa Gallagher @Dean Owen @Teresa Gezze @Juan Imaz
    Debbie O'Halloran
    28/07/2016 #15 Anonymous
    #9 Thanks @David B. Grinberg for your excellent reply to my comment. Now that we are following each other, we can "tag" each other. That's why you couldn't rage me previously. I love your in depth post on the disability subject. Maybe these companies want a tax incentive from the government to hire the disabled. That would be sad as in most cases it doesn't cost them anything to accommodate a disability. However, money talks and it would be surprising how fast the disabled would get hired.

    It would be very difficult to prove discrimination based on the EEOC form unless the companies were audited. There's a fat chance in heck of that happening. Thanks again for a great Buzz!
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    28/07/2016 #14 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    In total agreement Sally Mc Cave😊 Tried to agree and something went wrong with sign
    Sarah (Sally) McCabe
    28/07/2016 #13 Sarah (Sally) McCabe
    Great post on an important topic David. Senior leadership needs to take a more proactive role in order to change the mindset of hiring individuals. They need to send a strong message.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    28/07/2016 #12 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    This is an important topic @David B. Grinberg. Even though organizations state disabilities do not have an impact on their decisions, they do. Perhaps, not in a discriminating fashion but the effect on staffing, timing, workloads, and even safety. We must accept the fact there are those with disabilities and take appropriate measures to understand their needs and keep them safe. Not all orgs are on an even keel in their understanding of those with disabilities - why? because definitions are not specific, updated or openly shared. Unfortunately, those with hidden disabilities are subjected to lack of understanding and archaic guidelines that don't begin to address their issues. Yes, I agree the discrimination must end.
    David B. Grinberg
    27/07/2016 #11 David B. Grinberg
    I really appreciate your exemplary comments @Donna-Luisa Eversley. My message below must have crossed with your comment. As we both noted, the thing about disability discrimination is it does not discriminate per se. Anyone can have a disability regardless of other factors like race, skin color, ethnicity, age, religion, etc. Therefore, this issue is really in everyone's best interest to pay attention to and support disability rights. Again, many thanks Donna-Luisa for your gracious words and support.
    Michael Hillebrand
    27/07/2016 #10 Michael Hillebrand
    Great and very detailed post David. You certainly know what you are talking about.. I refer you to a news story recently, from the Kansas City Royals (favorite baseball team) http://www.kmbc.com/news/lifelong-baseball-fan-gives-back-in-new-role-with-royals/40404190
    David B. Grinberg
    27/07/2016 #9 David B. Grinberg
    Many thanks for your kind words, comments, shares and tweets -- all of which are most appreciated as always! @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian @Loribeth Pierson @Mamen Delgado @Laurent BOSCHERINI Debbie O'Holloran (couldn't tag, sorry, but followed you).

    Debbie raises an excellent points about hidden disability-impairments, ranging from diabetes to depression and everything in between that is not physically noticeable - including mental or psychiatric impairments. While I'm not a lawyer, it's my understanding that physical and non-physical disabilities have parity under law. Moreover, if an applicant or employee with a disability believes they were subjected to discrimination -- whether real or perceived -- they can always 1) Contact the HR department of the employer or the C-Suite, or 2) File a disability discrimination complaint at the state, local and/or national level. Sometimes it might take a formal investigation to uncover disability bias when there's no "smoking gun" evidence. For example, an investigation might examine all employment records and find a systemic pattern of disability discrimination by an employer nationwide, regionally, or locally. But an individual with a disability would not know that information from just their own experience, even if they sense something is unfair or unlawful. Again, many thanks to all below for your valuable and feedback and excellent points.
  5. ProducerPascal Derrien

    Pascal Derrien

    One Billion Disability Stories
    One Billion Disability Stories A damning report from the World Health Organization (WHO) ‘’shows more than 1 billion people with disabilities face substantial barriers in their daily lives’’. Two things spring to mind when hearing this: first I am shocked to find out that this...


    John Vaughan
    25/10/2016 #28 John Vaughan
    Facebook update for UDF: https://www.facebook.com/groups/248998031866682/
    Pascal Derrien
    25/10/2016 #27 Pascal Derrien
    #25 will check out thanks for the pointer John :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    25/10/2016 #26 Pascal Derrien
    #24 thanks William :-)
    John Vaughan
    25/10/2016 #25 John Vaughan
    You may also appreciate on LinkedIn: Universal Design France https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4760205
    and on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=universal%20design%20france

    UNIVERSAL DESIGN is an "art design", there is no standard!

    Good folks. Good works.
    William Dykstra
    24/10/2016 #24 William Dykstra
    Dean Owen
    10/10/2016 #23 Dean Owen
    Go James! That is quite a challenge.
    Pascal Derrien
    04/10/2016 #22 Pascal Derrien
    #21 I am running a marathon for that kid @Lisa Gallagher :-)
    Lisa Gallagher
    04/10/2016 #21 Lisa Gallagher
    #16 @Ken Boddie, I'm glad you posed that question, I never saw the link before!
    Pascal Derrien
    04/10/2016 #20 Pascal Derrien
    #19 I think we are al guilty of this every now and again it does not mean we don't care @Aurorasa Sima :-)
    Aurorasa Sima
    04/10/2016 #19 Aurorasa Sima
    Thanks for bringing awareness to this important topic. I don´t think as often as I should about the hardship that comes with disability.
    Loribeth Pierson
    04/10/2016 #18 Loribeth Pierson
    Wonderful buzz @Pascal Derrien, and it needs to go viral. This is what people need to be talking about instead of where some celebrity went to dinner. More focus by the media would help so many people.
    Pascal Derrien
    04/10/2016 #17 Pascal Derrien
    #16 Here is the Team James @Ken Boddie

    Ken Boddie
    04/10/2016 #16 Ken Boddie
    #15 What's that link again, Pascal? I'm sure there are others who may have missed your original post and would like to donate to am excellent cause. 😀
    Pascal Derrien
    04/10/2016 #15 Pascal Derrien
    #14 thanks @Ken Boddie I am at 70% of my target :-) thanks to you
    Ken Boddie
    04/10/2016 #14 Ken Boddie
    I'm glad you told us a little more about James, Pascal. How's the fund raising going?
    Pascal Derrien
    04/10/2016 #13 Pascal Derrien
    #12 Comment spot on Lisa @Lisa Gallagher :-)
    Lisa Gallagher
    04/10/2016 #12 Lisa Gallagher
    Great topic @Pascal Derrien, I love how you ended this by asking to replace the term invisibility with invincibility. Sadly, a sector of society continues to turn a blind eye (no pun intended) towards those who have disabilities. I'm sure we all know someone who has one and is in dire need of help. It can take a long time to finally receive benefits and many are declined even though they have legitimate disabilities and must re-apply. The funds are slim, so people who do live on disability alone are living below poverty level. We have a long way to go as a society. Kudos to James, he's embracing his disability. I saw a few in wheelchairs during Ironman races too, it brought tears to my eyes- tears of joy that they did it. They put me to shame ;-)
    Pascal Derrien
    03/10/2016 #11 Pascal Derrien
    #8 Thanks @David B. Grinberg I did not know that and thanks for the additional I will check them out with interest Much appreciated :-)
    Pascal Derrien
    03/10/2016 #10 Pascal Derrien
    #9 thanks @Donna-Luisa Eversley disabled people are awesome and inspirational beyond limits they have to be super humans to get by on a daily basis, they climb mountains everyday....
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    03/10/2016 #9 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Thank you @Pascal Derrien this is huge... Wow, think you've just moved a mountain as far as excuses go... This is moving way beyond limits. You are correct.. Invincibility 😊🙌💪👏👊👍
  6. ProducerDonna-Luisa Eversley
    Humanitarian Advocacy 2 - The sick & injured warrior!
    Humanitarian Advocacy 2 - The sick & injured warrior!The Humanitarian Advocacy Hive is created. I have placed a lot of thought on if this subject matter is too controversial for a hive, but there are many who may need a place to share and be inspired by solutions and community support. No one wins the...


    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    30/09/2016 #2 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Thank you @debasish majumder for your thought provoking response and support.
    debasish majumder
    30/09/2016 #1 debasish majumder
    i guess, you are not at all alone and humanitarian are all working hard to combat such adversities prevalent in our social system. men by birth are free, but the available social system is making him slave of certain rules and systems, which are actually aggravating their sate instead of mitigating their plight. a lengthy battle we have to fight to acquire freedom, freedom from all exploitation and social media is of course an effective tool to uphold our voices and pave for the emancipation where unity of thought can accelerate the process of attaining freedom. lovely insightful post. enjoyed read. thank you for sharing the post madam @Donna-Luisa Eversley.
  7. Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Humanitarian Advocacy -1
    www.bebee.com The Hidden 'Work of Shame' Humanitarian Advocacy can be simply defined as the action and process of supporting a cause to make other people’s lives...


    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    30/09/2016 #1 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    This is the first of a series of posts done in 2015/2016 based on real events. There are 6 parts. It may be a bit heavy at times, but its real. A bit emotional, and may not be easy for everyone to read.
  8. Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    www.bebee.com To Feel Is To Live I read a post by on LinkedIn, by Ibukun Adebayo, it was quite inspiring, and the words poured out. My fingers move on their...