Protection, Empowerment Central Themes at U.N. Women for Peace Association Awards

No one needs reminding that the world is not a peaceful place, but attendees at Friday’s United Nations Women for Peace Association’s annual luncheon preferred to focus on the positive.
While the annual event honored actor-director-producer Ben Stiller, fashion designer Naeem Khan, philanthropists Albert and Deidre Pujols and “India’s Daughter” filmmaker Leslee Udwin, their messages stressed the need for greater women’s empowerment, improved training, workers’ rights and safety.
Before the program got under way, former New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly, who cochaired the event, spoke of what needs to happen for fashion companies to help with the problem of human trafficking. “Attention has to be drawn to it. It’s a problem that is sort of under the radar. It exists to a large extent in Eastern Europe, Central America and South America,” he said. “Sometimes it’s not as obvious as you think it would be. There is leverage being exerted against relatives, a village or something like that. It does not necessarily come to the fore; even when you question these young women, they are not coming forward with information in many instances. They have to consider what’s being held over them so it’s not always easy to investigate the

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German Designers Start Creative-led Industry Association

France has what local designers call “la Fédération” and the U.S. has the CFDA. As of this week, Germany has its own industry association “by fashion designers for fashion designers,” as the founders put it.
The German Fashion Designers Federation was initiated in spring 2018 after two years of preparation and launched officially today in Berlin, a few days before the city’s biannual fashion week begins. As yet, the Federation, or GFDF, only has a handful of members but they already have some impressive supporters: Financial backing is being provided by Mercedes-Benz and German skin-care stalwart Dr. Hauschka. German designer Bernhard Willhelm is a member and other big, local names, yet to be announced, are also expected to join. The GFDF’s board includes Renate Künast, a senior member of German parliament for the Green party and former federal minister for food, agriculture and consumer protection.
The GFDF was the brainchild of Eva Gronbach, a Berlin-based designer who previously worked for Hermès and Yohji Yamamoto, who will also serve as the body’s first president.
“We were very inspired by the CFDA in New York because it is a younger organization than the Federation in Paris,” says Gronbach, who started the project by simply e-mailing other

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Kaiser Permanente Donates $10,000 to American Diabetes Association in Honor of Outstanding Employee Volunteer

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii is donating $ 10,000 to the American Diabetes Association in recognition of the outstanding volunteer efforts of Anne LaPorte, RN, CDE, an endocrinology nurse and certified diabetes educator at Kaiser Permanente’s Honolulu Medical Office. LaPorte is the third of six employees to be recognized for her volunteer service with the opportunity to donate $ 10,000 to a nonprofit of her choice, in celebration of Kaiser Permanente’s 60th anniversary in Hawaii.

“Anne is a passionate advocate for diabetes education, in our Kaiser Permanente clinic as well as in the community,” said Dave Underriner, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region. “Her dedication to creating healthier communities through proactive measures such as education and access is a reflection of our organization’s commitment to improving health and wellness in Hawaii.”

LaPorte specializes in diabetes education at Kaiser Permanente, and for the past five years has volunteered her expertise to support education and prevention initiatives for the American Diabetes Association Hawaii office. She runs a support group for Kaiser Permanente members and non-members with type 1 diabetes, which has evolved into a community resource for people living with diabetes. She also frequently participates in educational programs and health fairs at local schools and businesses to educate the community about preventing diabetes through healthy habits and behaviors. Through ADA, LaPorte collaborated with Zippy’s Restaurants to create a diabetes-friendly menu offering healthy alternatives for diners with diabetes. LaPorte has been recognized by ADA’s Hawaii Chapter as the nurse educator of the year for the past two years.

Kaiser Permanente has a long history of giving back to Hawaii’s communities and supporting local nonprofits, schools and government initiatives through grants, sponsorships and volunteerism. From 2013 to 2017, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii contributed $ 3.4 million in grant funding to community organizations, government agencies and partners to promote health statewide. Every year, the organization brings together thousands of employees and their family members to participate in volunteer projects, including environmental restoration for Kaiser Permanente’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, campus beautification at Hawaii schools, and health screenings at the Special Olympics and other community events.

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Comics Blast White House Correspondents’ Association for Caving to Trump: ‘Sad Day for Jokes’

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Michelle Wolf did not mince words when the White House Correspondents’ Association announced on Monday that they would not be hiring a comedian to roast the president and the press at its annual dinner in Washington next year.

As the most recent comic to host the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, it would be hard for Wolf not to take the move personally. It was her jokes about how Sarah Huckabee Sanders “burns facts” to make that perfect “smoky eye” along with her remark to the press secretary, “I love you as Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid’s Tale,” that prompted weeks of faux-outrage from Trumpland.

Now, in an apparent attempt to make the dinner more “boring,” the WHCA has tapped Alexander Hamilton biographer and historian Ron Chernow to follow in the footsteps of Wolf, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert and others. Comedians are not amused.

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