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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. 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...
  2. ProducerDavid Grinberg

    David 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...


    Kevin Pellon
    07/10/2016 #27 Kevin Pellon
    @David Grinberg thx for sharing! We are seeing more and more business supporting opportunities for these folks
    David Grinberg
    07/10/2016 #26 David 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 Grinberg
    06/10/2016 #24 David 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 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 Grinberg
    29/07/2016 #20 David 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 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 Grinberg
    29/07/2016 #16 David 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 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 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 Grinberg
    27/07/2016 #11 David 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 Grinberg
    27/07/2016 #9 David 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.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    27/07/2016 #8 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @David Grinberg thanks for writing this... I feel very deeply that discrimination is bad, and when it happens to persons who have challenges or limitation to over come, it is much more than bad! It's like kicking a man when he is down because he can't defend himself properly, but for many their voices can be stronger than expected! " It's important to recognize that disabilities affect people of every race, color, gender, religion, age and national origin", This statement says it all David. It affects everyone, the way one is treated when they are seen as 'not normal.' Many veterans went out to war, to fight for those who live free. They give their lives, and limbs, minds, and sanity, then are treated with scorn. Thankfully there are many companies which are willing to see people as people, and give an opportunity without bias and discrimination. Brilliant article, filled with facts and some excellent research.
  3. 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...


    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 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 😊🙌💪👏👊👍
    David Grinberg
    03/10/2016 #8 David Grinberg
    Thanks for an awesome read @Pascal Derrien. In the USA, October marks the annual observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) which is coordinated by the Office of Disability Employment (ODEP) with the federal Department of Labor. I also spread some sweet honey about this back in July to commemorate the anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) . Check out these links and thanks for bringing this important issue to our attention. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@dbgrinberg/why-disability-employment-good-business AND https://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/ndeam/ AND https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/30/presidential-proclamation-national-disability-employment-awareness-month
    cc: @Lisa Gallagher
    Pascal Derrien
    03/10/2016 #7 Pascal Derrien
    #6 Indeed had a parallel discussion on how design is not conducted with disability in mind and very often not part of the book of work let alone RFQ thanks for commenting Harvey Lloyd :-)
    Harvey Lloyd
    03/10/2016 #6 Harvey Lloyd
    Great read, thanks for posting. It is a subject that we deal with here everyday. Although physical barriers do exist. I would say the emotional barriers are the toughest. @Renée Cormier touched on this in her commentary. The cycle of frustration is the most damming. Businesses do some accommodations but not enough while those who need them are frustrated because the accommodations are not enough for them to thrive. This cycle repeats until apathy reigns on both sides. I feel for the parents who suffer the system with a child who requires special services. In some cases its like a black hole that air comes at a price. Mostly your sanity.
    Pascal Derrien
    03/10/2016 #5 Pascal Derrien
    Many thanks @Renée Cormier#3 for adding some essential points to the conversation your points are very valid and true......
    Deb Helfrich
    03/10/2016 #4 Deb Helfrich
    #2 Some do unquestionably see it as just PR. That is why I would like to see actual jobs created based on win-win scenarios. Ramps are pretty. Livelihoods are essential. The fact is, today, very little work needs to be conducted in a specific place. And when it does, it can be reshaped to accommodate all kinds of people.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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...