‘Stigma and discrimination still persists’ against people living with HIV – UN labour agency

Health, Society, World

Based on 13 country team surveys throughout the world, the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) HIV Stigma and Discrimination in the World of Work: Findings from the People Living with HIV Stigma Index, draws on interviews with more than 100,000 people living with the virus.

“It is sad to see that despite years of work, stigma and discrimination still persist,” said Shauna Olney, Chief of the ILO branch which deals with gender, equality, diversity and AIDS, speaking in Amsterdam at the launch.

“But treatment alone is not sufficient. We must work harder to reduce stigma and discrimination for people living with HIV at workplaces. They have a right to work and no one should deny them that,” she added.

Co-written with the Global Network of People Living with HIV, the report was introduced during the biennial International AIDS Conference “AIDS 2018”, which has been taking place this week; the largest conference on any global health or development issue in the world.

The data highlights a number of findings, such as that 10 out of 13 countries recorded a 30 per cent or higher unemployment rate for people living with HIV, with a greater rate among HIV-positive youth.

And women living with HIV are less likely to be employed then their male counterparts because of unpaid care responsibilities, and a lack of independent income.

Moreover, unemployment among HIV-positive transgender people in all countries remains high.

Hiding their HIV status

Another key finding reveals that their HIV status costs many people their jobs – often because of employer or co-worker discrimination.

“When information about my [HIV] status reached my manager, he called me to his office,” said an anonymous individual facing discrimination, in the report. “First he told me I was working badly – doing too little work. Then he asked me to submit my resignation, without any serious explanation – as if I were resigning voluntarily.”

As a result, many people are hesitant to disclose their HIV status. to employers or even co-workers. Testimony from Cameroon, in West Africa, shows the extent of the problem of accessing employment:

“I went to pick up my appointment letter only to be told that I had to undergo a medical examination. I already knew my sero-status, which I told the human resource officer about. She said I had to do the examination which confirmed my HIV-positive status. That marked the end of getting the job as they could not recruit me even though I had passed the interview,” said one anonymous interviewee.

Similarly, HIV-related discrimination remains a major cause for not receiving job promotions.

“What this report shows is that we still have a long way to go in our efforts to combat workplace related stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV,” said Sasha Volgina, GNP+ Programme Manager. “Access to healthcare and access to employment are inextricably linked and as such a meaningful commitment towards stemming the epidemic and securing the wellbeing of all people living with HIV, cannot be met without prioritizing ending HIV stigma in the workplace.”

Entertainment Industry Executive Assumes Role As Board Chair Of Los Angeles Jewish Home


Berman, an entertainment industry veteran with over 35 years of experience in global sales, marketing, and content acquisition, has assumed a two-year term as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Jewish Home. His new role began on July 1, 2018.

A native Angeleno, Berman has a long history of philanthropic involvement in his local community. His work with the Jewish Home has particular resonance. “I believe it’s an obligation to give back, and I’ve always had an affinity for seniors,” Berman says. “I’m thrilled and honored to have this role.”

Jewish Home CEO-President Molly Forrest points to Berman’s record of success in business and his longstanding commitment to strengthening nonprofits as key assets to the Home’s growth and development. “Andrew is a distinguished leader with a proven ability to get results,” she says. “We are delighted he will be applying his knowledge and expertise on behalf of the thousands of seniors we serve.”

Berman’s focus at the Jewish Home is expanding programs and services to cover Los Angeles’ growing senior population. This includes spreading the positive message about the Home to donors and other supporters throughout Southern California. “This is such an impressive and amazing organization, and so many people aren’t fully aware of all the services and lines of care that we offer,” he notes. “Whether they are accessing independent living, skilled nursing, or memory care, our seniors receive extraordinary care. A big part of the reason is the loyalty and dedication of the people who work here – many of them have been with the Home for 20 or 30 years. They are truly invested in what they do, and it shows.”

Berman plans to leverage that investment, building on the Jewish Home’s distinguished Brand and legacy of impact. “The Jewish Home makes a significant difference and impact in seniors’ lives every day,” he says. “How many other organizations can say that?”

“The Jewish Home is fortunate to have extremely capable men and women serving on our board,” says David Swartz, the Board of Director’s outgoing chair. “Andrew Berman is a stellar example: His knowledge, dedication, and experience will undoubtedly take the Home to a new level of excellence.”

In addition to his work with the Jewish Home, Berman has served in a volunteer capacity with organizations including the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (past president, Board of Trustees), Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services (Capital Campaign Committee), and Stephen Wise Temple (Board of Directors) and Connecting to Cure (Board member.)

Berman grew up in Beverly Hills but has spent the past three decades living in the San Fernando Valley. He and his wife, Marci, have two adult daughters. He graduated from California State University, Northridge with a B.A. in radio, television, and film.

Founded in 1912, the non-profit Los Angeles Jewish Home is among the largest providers of senior healthcare services in Los Angeles. Through its innovative Connections to Care ® program, each year thousands of seniors benefit from the Home’s community-based and in-residence programs. Community-based programs include: A Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE); hospice; home health; palliative medicine; community clinics; short-term rehabilitation; and acute psychiatric care. Three Home campuses serve seniors with options for independent living, residential care, skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation, and Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care. The Home recently opened its second Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), the Gonda Healthy Aging Westside Campus, in Playa Vista, CA. Further information regarding the Jewish Home can be found online at www.lajh.org or by calling 855-227-3745.

CR Magazine names JLL a top corporate citizen for fourth straight year


Corporate Responsibility Magazine (CR Magazine) has named JLL (NYSE: JLL) to its 19th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens list. The roster recognizes the standout environmental, social and governance performance of public companies across the United States. As the only commercial real estate company listed, this marks the fourth consecutive year JLL has been included.

“Being a good corporate citizen is foundational for JLL’s business,” said Richard Batten, JLL’s Global Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer. “We’re pleased to be recognized by CR Magazine again and consider this another positive step in Building a Better Tomorrow for our clients, staff, shareholders and communities.”

The 100 Best Corporate Citizens List records 260 data points of disclosure and performance measures taken from publicly available information in seven categories: climate change, environment, human rights, governance, finance, employee relations and philanthropy & community support.

“The 100 Best ranking demonstrates that a company is dedicating resources towards its corporate responsibility and sustainability efforts,” said Jen Boynton, Editor of CR Magazine. “Public disclosure allows its stakeholders to gain greater insights into a company’s business practices.”

Information on JLL’s global sustainability efforts is available in the recently released sustainability report.

Clients and third-party organizations continue to recognize JLL globally for its ethics, corporate citizenship and commitment to being an employer of choice. JLL has received the following U.S. and global awards in the last year:

LinkedIn Top Companies, third year in a row
Forbes 2018 America’s Best Employers, fourth year in a row
Working Mother 100 Best Companies
Fortune 2018 World’s Most Admired Companies
Ethisphere Institute’s World’s Most Ethical Companies, 11th year in a row
National Association for Female Executives Top Companies for Executive Women, third year in a row
Perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, fourth year in a row
2018 Military Friendly® Employer, Victory Media
BLACK ENTERPRISE’s 2018 50 Best Companies for Diversity

Google and Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Collaborate to Bring Evidence-Based Resources, Actionable Support to Parents and Families

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Google Has Helped More Than 4 Million Families Find Help at Drugfree.org


The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, the leading nonprofit that supports families whose son or daughter is struggling with substance use, has expanded its partnership with Google to ensure that parents can find and have access to evidence-based resources to address a substance use disorder within their families.

This spring, Google announced a matching gift campaign to boost the Partnership’s Parent Helpline, which provides families with expert guidance and personalized help when struggling with the challenges of their child’s substance use. Families connect to the Partnership by phone at 855-DRUGFREE, through live chat services, text, email, and Facebook Messenger, as well as through its one-on-one parent coaching network.

So far, this campaign has driven $1,000,000 – and counting – of additional resources to the Parent Helpline.  Since 2015, Google has highlighted the Partnership’s Parent Helpline in Google search results when U.S. families search or help with a child’s substance use.

Google matched $250,000 in donations from individuals, dollar-for-dollar, during the active matching gift campaign. The challenge doubled the amount of total donations made to the charity organization from late April through early June, which also doubled the impact of the Parent Helpline in effectively delivering support services to families.

Google also provided the Partnership with a $500,000 corporate gift with hopes of helping the Partnership raise an additional $1 million through private sector partners, between now and the end of 2018. The Trailblazers for Hope Corporate Challenge couples Google’s investment with the support of other corporate leaders to help an additional 30,000 families cope with their child’s substance use and addiction. More easily than ever before – and bolstered with support from Google – parents can now find solace and assistance through the Partnership’s one-on-one services, extended Helpline hours and through an expansion of the Partnership’s Support Specialist team.

“We are truly grateful for the dedication and generosity of our partners at Google and to every individual that helped us raise these critical funds in record time. This match will help guarantee that our Parent Helpline and free, customized, family support services can operate at capacity and reach every parent that comes to the Partnership in need of assistance and guidance,” said Fred Muench, President and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

“Every single day, families are searching for information to help their child on Google – and every single day, a Google search will bring them to our resources. However, due to the severity of the opioid epidemic, we’ve been deluged with calls, texts and live chat requests. We needed these vital support dollars to meet the increased demand,” continued Muench. “We thank Google for their long-standing commitment to ensuring that families searching for answers, fearful that their child will be the next statistic, will instead find help and hope at the Partnership.”

Partnership Resources, Tools Reaching More Parents and Families with Google Support

Since 2015, Google has helped more than 4.3 million families find support and guidance at drugfree.org. Through support for the Parent Helpline, free advertising provided to the Partnership and via links in Google Search on various “knowledge panels,” utilizing the Partnership’s information and linking to drugfree.org, Google is helping make sure that parents find reliable, credible help more easily.

Google ads are now the leading driver of web traffic to Partnership’s Helpline page and Google ads have been responsible for 22 percent of site visits in the past year, followed only by natural search.

The Partnership is also working as part of a committee to advise LegitScript in their effort to create a certification process for legitimate treatment providers who want to advertise their services on Google. The goal is to use this certification process to prevent predatory treatment providers from preying upon families desperate to find help for a loved one who is facing a substance use disorder.

To learn more, please visit drugfree.org.

Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education Delegation to Meet With Leading UK Research and Development Entities


Senior officials from the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education and public universities, led by the newly-formed Research and Development Office (RDO), are in London to forge collaborations with some of the UK’s leading researchers and decision-makers in research and development (R&D).

The delegation’s visit follows the launch of the Ministry of Education’s R&D programme, which has been identified as a top priority by the government as a way to transform Saudi Arabia’s evolving economy. The delegation will explore R&D research and education partnership opportunities particularly in science, technology, engineering, and health fields in line with Saudi Arabia’s ‘Vision 2030’.

The Ministry of Education launched its R&D programme in 2017 and the RDO was established in March 2018 with a projected three-year budget of $1.6 billion (USD) and a mandate to enhance the capability of Saudi public universities to conduct high quality research and development. RDO has specifically earmarked $75 million (USD) of this budget for international R&D partners to incentivize scientists and researchers to find solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges – in renewable energy, climate change, pollution management, efficient water usage, cybersecurity and Red Sea studies.

The RDO delegation will meet a wide range of UK R&D stakeholders, including talks with the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Sam Gyimah MP.

Among the UK institutions meeting the Saudi delegation will be:

  • UKRI
  • Research England
  • Innovate UK
  • The Economic & Social Research Council
  • Imperial College
  • University College London
  • The University of Surrey
  • The University of Warwick’s Catapult High Value Manufacturing Centre

Sam Gyimah, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, said: “The UK has some of the best researchers in the world and has always been a strong believer in international collaboration. We know that science and innovation flows by the exchange of ideas and through our modern Industrial Strategy I want to develop these relationships and work with our global partners, like Saudi Arabia, to generate the ideas and products of tomorrow.”

Dr. Hisham Alhadlaq, Director-General of the Research and Development Office at the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education, who is leading the delegation echoed the Minister’s support for international cooperation and the UK’s position as a leader in R&D.

“The UK was selected for this collaborative delegation visit as it is considered a global R&D powerhouse especially when factors such as interaction with industry, cost-efficiency and RoI are taken into account,” says Alhadlaq.

“We have travelled here to understand how the more mature national R&D system of the UK was designed and how it has evolved over time. It has been enlightening to meet with Mr Gyimah, as well as thinktanks like Research England and Innovate UK, and we look forward to building on these types of partnerships.”

“R&D underpins large parts of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 transformation programme. Investing in R&D and in international partnerships will help with the creation and commercialization of new technologies – which will lead to jobs and economic growth, and play a key role in transforming Saudi Arabia’s economic structure.”

Members of the Saudi delegation also include Dr. Jasir Alherbish, Vice Minister for Scholarships Affairs and Supervisor of Cultural Attaches in the Ministry of Education, and senior representatives from King Saud University, King Abdulaziz University, Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, the Riyadh Valley Company, the Dhahran Valley Knowledge Company and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.

Deloitte Named One of Top 50 Community-Minded Companies by Points of Light for Third Consecutive Year


Deloitte recognized by the Civic 50 for its commitment to community and civic engagement

Deloitte has been recognized by Points of Light, one of the world’s largest organizations dedicated to volunteer service, as part of this year’s Civic 50, Points of Light’s list of the most community-minded companies in the United States. The Civic 50 provides a national standard for superior corporate citizenship and showcases how companies can use their time, skills and other resources to improve the communities where they do business. This year’s Civic 50 winners were announced at the Service Unites 2018, Points of Light’s annual conference on volunteering and service in Atlanta, where leaders from across sectors gathered to discuss social innovation, civic engagement and cross-sector collaboration.

“We are honored to be recognized as part of the Civic 50 for the third consecutive year,” said Doug Marshall, corporate citizenship managing director, Deloitte LLP. “A common denominator among thriving nations, people and economies is a broad sense of citizenship and civic responsibility. At Deloitte, we believe when our organization and our people are aligned to devote meaningful effort, time, and experience toward the greater good — everyone can benefit.”

Deloitte is committed to making an impact that matters year-round and understands that real and lasting impact requires collaboration with and support of nonprofit organizations. Deloitte professionals apply their skills and experience to help address needs in the community through many types of volunteerism — including nonprofit board service; skills-based and traditional volunteerism; workplace giving; pro bono service; and Impact Day, Deloitte’s annual day of service. On June 8, Deloitte celebrated its 19th annual Impact Day with professionals in 80-plus cities across the country working on more than 1,000 community service projects. Impact Day is held at the start of Deloitte’s fiscal year because it’s a top priority for the organization. All Impact Day projects are created, led and executed by Deloitte professionals, and the event serves as a catalyst for our commitment to making an impact that matters all year.

The Civic 50 winners are amongst a group of public and private companies with U.S. operations and revenues of $1 billion or more. Winners are selected based on four dimensions of their U.S. community engagement program: investment, integration, institutionalization and impact.

“The Civic 50 truly highlights the commitment of community and civic engagement of America’s leading brands,” said Natalye Paquin, president and CEO, Points of Light. “Points of Light believes that people drive change in addressing society’s growing and most profound challenges. The business community plays an important role in creating and delivering innovative solutions that drive social good in the communities where they live and work.”

Stayfree India Equips Commercial Sex Workers With Essential Life Skills Through Project Free Period

Health, Safety, Society

The unique vocational training program, organised by Johnson & Johnson India, helps women sustain themselves outside the sex trade

Stayfree India’s Project Free Period – a vocational training program for commercial sex workers – is empowering women to hone their skills and cultivate their own ‘Dreams of Progress’.

Launched in partnership with DDB Mudra Group and NGO Prerana, Project Free Period stems from the idea that while several women often dread their period days, for those in the sex trade, it earmarks the time of the month that they get for themselves. Thus, this initiative is aimed at converting the days of their period into days of vital learning.

Project Free Period entails multiple workshops condensed into three-day training modules where the women are taught a range of skills that include candle-making, embroidery, henna art and a basic beauticians’ course. The first edition of this programme, launched in the red light district of Mumbai, has witnessed the participation of over 30 women till date.

Commenting on the campaign, Dimple Sidhar, Vice President – Marketing, Consumer Products Division, at Johnson & Johnson India, said, “While the 21st century India is making great strides in the areas of education and economic independence amongst women, we continue to fight against the long-standing prejudices around tabooed subjects like prostitution. Thus, we at Stayfree want to economically empower women from all backgrounds while also ‘normalizing periods’.”

Further remarking on the campaign, Rahul Mathew, National Creative Director, DDB Mudra Group said, “To go from normalizing periods in the lives of women to using periods to normalize the lives of women in the sex trade; is a great example of the kind of power and influence brands can wield. Project Free Period turns the period from a pause to an opportunity, for these women to sustain a life outside of the trade.”

Through recruitment drives on social media, the initiative has also put together a database of volunteers to keep scaling up this project. Stayfree India and DDB Mudra Group are now looking to partner with other non-profit organizations to replicate this model and access a wider database of students and volunteers going forward.

Mugdha Dandekar, Project Manager, Prerana said, “This project brings a chance for the women in the red-light areas to step out of the exploitative lifecycle. Uneducated and with no income security, such an opportunity to learn an alternative vocation is crucial. The women have chosen the days they would like to come for the training, so that it doesn’t disrupt their lives. The change has to be gradual, not on weekly or monthly basis, and this project understands that. Therefore, we see a strong commitment from our women to hold on to this opportunity and give change a chance.”

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Arjuna Capital Responds To Facebook Apology, After Sexist Comment From Senior Executive


Natasha Lamb Issues Public Letter to Facebook VP of Communications and Public Policy

BOSTON: Facebook released information during media interviews yesterday that it had issued a formal apology to Natasha Lamb, managing partner at Arjuna Capital, for the conduct of a senior executive following its annual shareholder meeting on Thursday, May 31st. Lamb is a senior principal of a wealth management firm, Facebook investor, and shareholder rights advocate, who has been trying to engage the company on closing its gender pay gap since 2016, and on disclosing information about online content management since 2017. Facebook issued the apology yesterday in anticipation of an opinion editorial in the Financial Times, detailing the incident at its annual meeting, in which Facebook VP of Communications & Public Policy Elliot Schrage made a disparaging comment as an excuse for repeatedly ignored Arjuna Capital’s shareholder proposals.

The full text of Natasha Lamb’s response to Facebook’s apology is copied below:

Dear Mr. Schrage,

Thank you for your apology regarding your comments to me at the Facebook shareholder meeting, as well as your honest acknowledgement that they were correctly interpreted as insulting and offensive.  As a female investor speaking on behalf of Facebook’s shareholders, I was stunned by a tactic that was so clearly patronizing. 

We are engaging with the company because we believe there is a path forward that benefits both the company and its investors.  Yet, our interactions have been limited and management’s responses have been dismissive of our concerns.

In 2016, before our first shareholder proposal on gender pay equity went to a vote, I spoke once with a company representative, and I was assured that there was no gender pay gap at the company.  Yet this assurance was made in the absence of metrics like those being published by Facebook’s peers.  We did not withdraw our proposal for that reason, and have refiled it for two years since.  Facebook saying it pays men and women equally does not address our concerns in the absence of data.  In 2017, there was no dialogue on the issue and this year, in 2018, Facebook’s staff waited until just before the meeting to even reach out on gender pay equity, yet committed to no additional action.

In 2017, we filed a shareholder proposal expressing concerns that fake news propagated over the platform was having an impact on our democracy.  Yet, the company waited until after that proposal went to a vote to speak to us.  When we did speak, the company assured us that there was not an issue and ignored our recommendations for better reporting.  Six months later, Facebook testified before Congress about the 126 million Americans who may have viewed Russian propaganda on Facebook in the lead up to the 2016 US presidential election. 

In 2018, we filed a related proposal on “content governance,” that is, the fake news, hate speech, and sexual harassment propagated over the platform that is in direct violation of the company’s own terms of service.  Along with our co-filers the New York State Common Retirement Fund and Illinois State Treasurer, we requested a dialog, but were dismissed completely.  We have yet to discuss our concerns regarding content governance with Facebook. 

At the annual meeting, I simply asked why.  Why are you not engaging with your investors?  And more specifically, why are you not engaging with us in a meaningful way?

I look forward to a more productive dialog and meaningful engagement.

The Facebook response letter from Natasha Lamb of Arjuna Capital is available for download at: https://arjuna-capital.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Response-to-FB-apology_2018.pdf.

Natasha Lamb, managing partner, Arjuna Capital said:  “My published comments in Financial Times are a truthful account of the shareholder meeting.  Today, I have responded to Mr. Schrage’s apology and now consider this matter closed.  As I noted in my op-ed, however, Facebook has been unresponsive on publishing the median gender pay data we seek.  In addition, despite their refusal to admit it, Facebook did not engage with me or our pension fund partners on our 2018 proposal on content governance, which covered fake news, election interference, hate speech and sexual harassment propagated over the platform that stands in violation of the company’s own terms of service. We do not consider these matters closed, and continue to seek a formal engagement with Facebook on these important issues.”

Arjuna Capital is an investment firm focused on sustainable and impact investing. Lamb and Arjuna Capital have been recognized for using shareholder resolutions to promote gender pay equity in the tech, banking, and retail sectors. Natasha Lamb was named to the “Bloomberg 50” list of influencers who defined global business in 2017.

American Foundation for the Blind Launches the First Fully Accessible Digital Archive of the Helen Keller Collection


More than 160,000 artifacts can now be viewed in a groundbreaking, fully accessible online archive thanks to support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Express


WASHINGTON:  The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the launch of the Helen Keller Archive, the world’s first fully accessible digital archive collection, comprising more than 160,000 artifacts, dedicated to the fascinating life of Helen Keller.

The Helen Keller Archive is the largest repository of historical content about Helen Keller, whose iconic name is known in every corner of the globe for her groundbreaking work as an author, political activist, and humanitarian who played a critical role in changing public perceptions about people with disabilities.

The Archive, available at afb.org/HelenKellerArchive, was made possible thanks to Keller’s close relationship with AFB, where she worked for 44 years. At the time of her death, she bequeathed all of her belongings, including gifts from around the world, to AFB to create the Archive. Due to their fragility, many of these items were unavailable to the public until now. This momentous online project, generously supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and American Express, is also the first of its kind to be fully accessible to blind, deaf, hard-of-hearing, low vision, and deafblind audiences.

The digitized Helen Keller Archive presents an opportunity to encounter this renowned historical figure in a new, dynamic, and exciting way. For example, despite her fame, relatively few people know that Helen Keller wrote 14 books as well as hundreds of essays and articles on a broad array of subjects ranging from animals and atomic energy to Mahatma Gandhi. The Archive’s vast treasure trove of artifacts about Helen Keller includes personal letters, speeches, press clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, photograph albums, oversize materials, architectural drawings, and audio-visual materials.

Helen Keller, age 79 (PRNewsfoto/American Foundation for the Bli)


“Keller was both a product of her environment and a driving force upon it, and few archival collections have the potential of providing historians with so rich a source of information on the history and direction of the United States, and indeed on attitudes to those with disabilities around the globe,” said Helen Selsdon, AFB Archivist. “Knowing this, AFB recognized the importance of disseminating this amazing resource that was both underutilized and difficult to access. Digitization was the way to achieve this goal.”

Kirk Adams, President and CEO of AFB, agrees.

“Beyond the historical value of the collection to a broad audience ranging from scholars to school children, The Helen Keller Archive represents a powerful vehicle for continuing the work begun by Keller and AFB to build a more inclusive world,” Adams said. “Harnessing the power of the collection, we can inspire educators, employers, and the public to see beyond a person’s disabilities to a more equitable society. This digitization project also presented a fantastic opportunity to show the importance of making digital collections accessible to all users.”

“Helen Keller is one of our nation’s most inspiring figures,” said NEH Senior Deputy Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. “The National Endowment for the Humanities is proud to support efforts to put this valuable archive online so that the records of the life, writing, and achievements of this iconic American are accessible to all.”

“American Express has long-believed that by preserving the lessons of the past, we can inspire a more promising future,” said Timothy J. McClimon, President of the American Express Foundation. “By sharing Helen Keller’s miraculous story in a modern and dynamic way, we hope to inspire a new generation to fight for a society where everyone’s potential is realized and nurtured.”

Fully digitizing the Helen Keller Archive is a massive, ongoing process. Please consider a donation to help preserve this national treasure.

India And Iceland Will Work Together to Promote Art and Culture

Art, Society

ICMEI- International Chamber of Media And Entertainment Industry created a new chapter in the history of India and Iceland relationship by forming the first ever Indo Iceland Film And Cultural Forum at New Delhi.

H.E. Thorir Ibsen, Ambassador of Iceland to India, launched the forum in a grand function at New Delhi. “What a pleasure to do something which has never ever taken place earlier-this time this forum has been created to promote and develop the relations between two countries through art and culture. I wish ICMEI all the best and I am sure we will be able to do something extra ordinary in a short period of time,” said Ambassador Thorir Ibsen.

Iceland and India established diplomatic relations in 1972. At that time the embassy of Iceland in London, United Kingdom was accredited to India and the embassy of Indiain Oslo, Norway, was accredited to Iceland. Embassies were established in New Delhiin 2005 and in Reykjavik in 2006.

“It is a great opportunity to work with the Embassy here and promote arts and crafts of each other which also includes cinema now. We have already organized a festival of films from Iceland earlier. A special road show was also organized on the tourism of Iceland. H.E. Thorir Ibsen is also the member of International Film And Television Club of AAFT. We are looking much ahead of this now,” said Sandeep Marwah, President of Marwah Studios.

Sandeep Marwah presented the Patron ship of Indo Iceland Film and Cultural Forum to H.E. Thorir Ibsen and the Ambassador honored and nominated Sandeep Marwah as the honorary Chairperson of the Forum.

Recently Akshay Marwah of Asian Education Group and a member of ICMEI visited Iceland to study more about Iceland and its culture.

H.E. Thorir Ibsen is Ambassador of Iceland to India with accreditation to BangladeshMalaysiaMaldivesMauritiusNepalSeychellesSouth Africa and Sri Lanka.  Earlier he was Ambassador of Iceland to the European Union and Belgium with accreditation to Luxembourgthe Netherlands and Switzerland.

Sandeep Marwah is five times World Record Holder in Media and is the founder of Noida Film City. He is one of the most respected persons of Indian film, television and media Industry. His contribution in developing foreign relations of India with rest of the World is commendable.