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Family Law Firm Finds Women Are Taking Active Steps To Protect Children, Assets During Divorce

Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) May 1, 2006

Nirenstein Ruotolo Group, P.L. C., one of Arizonas most prestigious family law firms, has found that more women are taking necessary steps to protect themselves, their children and their assets in case of divorce.

According to the National Vital Statistics Report issued by the Centers for Disease Control on March 31, 2006, over 18,660 Arizona marriages ended in divorce between January and September 2005, up slightly from previous years. As divorce rates continue to increase, women are becoming more actively involved in educating themselves about divorce and child and spousal support.

Women are more aware of protecting their rights during a divorce, said Alexander D. Nirenstein, NRGs managing member. Our job is to make sure our clients are educated and receive positive results in their cases.

NRG has consistently reached out to assist women in understanding their rights in a divorce. Fred Ruotolo, a founding partner of NRG, participated in the 2006 Arizona Familys Womens Expo. Ruotolo spoke to attending women about a range of topics related to family law and child custody.

The women in attendance at the Womens Expo inquired about an assortment of topics such as child custody, spousal support and property division, said Ruotolo. We were able to provide these women with empowering information, helping them make better decisions for their future and the future of their children.

NRG also hosts Arizonas source for blogging Web site information on family law. Arizona Family Law Blog is the definitive site for up-to-date information on cases that affect family law and divorce, interesting legal news from around the nation and in-depth answers to important family law questions. Visitors to http://www.azfamilylawblog.com can reply to any of the posted topics with questions or comments and receive responses from the lawyers at NRG.

About Nirenstein Ruotolo Group P.L.C.

Founded in 2003 by accomplished family law attorneys, NRG is a boutique family law firm that provides professional representation in Arizona divorce and family law litigation, mediation, appellate review and mental health and elder law services. NRG boasts nine experienced family law attorneys, two litigation analysts, four paralegals, and five support personnel. The firm represents many diverse clients, both in Arizona and nationally, and is one of the most-respected law firms in Arizona practicing divorce and family law exclusively. For additional information, please visit http://www.nrglaw.net.

For more information, contact:

Beth Glick (Crosby-Wright P.R.)(480) 367-1112


V-DAY and UNICEF Call for an End to Rape and Sexual Torture against Women and Girls in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 6, 2007

Highlighting the issue of violence against women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), renowned playwright Eve Ensler has chronicled her first-hand encounters with women in eastern DRC, where sexual violence has become a routine weapon of war. Her account appears in Glamour magazine today.

Since 1996, sexual violence against women and children in the eastern part of the DRC has been used to torture and humiliate women and girls and destroy families. UNICEF estimates that hundreds of thousands of women and girls have been raped since the conflict began in DRC. In addition to the severe psychological impact, sexual violence leaves many survivors with genital lesions, traumatic fistulae and other physical wounds, as well as unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

“Stop Raping Our Greatest Resource, Power To The Women And Girls Of The Democratic Republic Of Congo” is being initiated by the women of Eastern DRC, V-Day and UNICEF on behalf of UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict. The campaign calls for an end to the violence and to impunity for those who commit these atrocities.

“Before I went to the Congo, I’d spent the past 10 years working on V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. I’d traveled to the rape mines of the world–places like Bosnia, Afghanistan and Haiti, where rape has been used as a tool of war. But nothing I ever experienced felt as ghastly, terrifying and complete as the sexual torture and attempted destruction of the female species here. The violence is a threat to all; young girls and village elders alike are at risk. It is not too strong to call this a femicide, to say that the future of the Congo’s women is in serious jeopardy,” Ensler states.

In her article, Ensler described her June visit to Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, where UNICEF funds medical assistance, counseling, and practical support for women who have experienced sexual violence. The article revealed their intensely personal stories, their undying spirit, and the work of such heroes as Dr. Denis Mugwebe of the Panzi Hospital where many of the survivors, often young girls, are treated.

UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman who has also been to the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, added, “When you have spoken to these women and girls, and listened to their stories, you clearly understand just how devastating their circumstances are. Simple, everyday tasks, like gathering wood or fetching water, expose them to grave danger. They must be allowed to live in a secure environment.”

The “Stop Raping Our Greatest Resource, Power To The Women And Girls Of The Democratic Republic Of Congo” campaign calls for an end to impunity for sexual violence, for measures to ensure that state armed forces and police do not perpetrate sexual violence against women and girls and for the full implementation of national laws that protect and empower women.

Within DRC, partners such Panzi Hospital, Coopi and HEAL Africa as well as survivors, women leaders and local activists, will document personal histories, run educational workshops, and spread the word about sexual violence via radio, comic books, theatre, song, leaflets, and a website. Local women’s and survivors groups will be encouraged to participate and make their voices heard at all levels of government as well as the judiciary and the police.

V-Day will also highlight the women of Democratic Republic of Congo in its 2009 Spotlight campaign, spreading the word via thousands of annual V-Day benefits and activists. Previous V-Day Spotlight campaigns have focused on Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan, Mexico, and India.

Funds raised will support local groups that provide counseling, medical services and legal aid on the ground. A centerpiece will be the creation of City of Joy in Bukavu – a centre for survivors who have been left without family, community or the capacity to have children. City of Joy will give them a safe place to live while providing an education, leadership training and a chance to earn income.

How you can help:

Write to the President of DRC, His Excellency the President of DR Congo Joseph Kabila Kabange, urging the Government to do more to stop violence against women and girls and bring perpetrators to justice. Send letters C/O UN Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict (UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict, P.O. Box 3862, New York, NY 10163).

Become a founding supporter of the City of Joy by sending a donation.

Educate yourself, your friends and your community. Hold reading groups and learn about women and girls in the DRC and other conflict zones around the world.

For information: http://www.vday.org/drcongo.


About V-Day

V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues. In 2007, more than 3000 V-Day events took place in the U.S. and around the world. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $ 50 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, launched the Karama program in the Middle East, reopened shelters, and funded over 5000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. The ‘V’ in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina. http://www.vday.org


UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. http://www.unicef.org

For More Information:

Geoffrey Keele, UNICEF, 212-326-7583

Susan Celia Swan/Kate Fisher, V-Day, 917-865-6603

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The Arizona Foundation for Women Kicks Off 6th Annual Walk to End Domestic Violence

Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) March 13, 2008

The Arizona Foundation for Women (http://www.azfoundationforwomen.org) announced that the 2008 Walk to End Domestic Violence will be held on April 26, 2008 at Wesley Bolin Plaza in Phoenix. The Walk will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a 5K Run, followed by the 5K Walk and then a Kids Dash. The festivities will include a live performance from the Chris Parker Project, a Kids Zone with games and activities, sponsor booths with giveaways and a designated area where participants can learn about domestic violence shelters and programs in Maricopa County. The Home Team Sponsors (Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Arizona Coyotes) will be participating in interactive areas hosted by players and mascots.

The 2008 Walk to End Domestic Violence will raise much-needed funds to support domestic violence shelters and programs in Maricopa County that provide full-service support to women and children as they flee violent situations. The Walk is also designed to increase awareness of this devastating problem as domestic violence incidences are increasing and public supported fundraising is more critical than ever. Funds are raised through registration fees and pledges collected by participants. All event costs are underwritten by corporate sponsors, therefore 100 percent of the pledges and registration fees directly benefit the shelters looking to end domestic violence.

“We are honored to host the Walk and to continue the good work that The Arizona Republic and 12 News started,” states Nancy Dean, CEO of the Arizona Foundation for Women. “The funds raised from the Walk have helped thousands of lives and the event draws attention to one of Arizona’s most critical social issues. We challenge our community to join with us in taking a stand against domestic violence. This abuse is unacceptable and we will not tolerate it — we must have a unified voice.”

All community members are welcome to join the 5K Walk or Run. Participants include the Honorary Chair, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, city officials, teams from local corporations, domestic violence shelters, victims of abuse and community members who want to show their support for the issue.

The Walk to End Domestic Violence aims to raise $ 400,000 and gain participation from a minimum of 4,000 walkers and runners with a minimum of 146 teams.

To participate in the Walk to End Domestic Violence or to learn more about the event, visit http://www.azfoundationforwomen.org/dv-walk/.

Domestic Violence Statistics

One in every four women in the U.S. is abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in her life
Each year, nearly 100 women are killed in domestic violence situations in Arizona
Sixty percent of all Child Protective Services cases involve a domestic violence component
Domestic violence is the leading cause of death of women in the workplace
Over 4.5 million assaults are committed against U.S. women by intimate partners each year
More than 50 percent of domestic violence victims live with children under the age of 12
More than 50 percent of all Arizona women and their children seeking shelter from domestic violence are turned away due to lack of space (approximately 17,000 per year in Maricopa County)
Domestic violence costs U.S. businesses nearly $ 1 billion in lost productivity

About The Arizona Foundation for Women:

The Arizona Foundation for Women (AZF) is a nonprofit, philanthropic organization dedicated to investing in and promoting innovative solutions that address the unmet needs of women and children throughout the state of Arizona.

Using ongoing research, the Foundation identifies and focuses on priority issues such as domestic violence, child abuse and the health and self-esteem of women, teens and children.

The Arizona Foundation for Women’s Men’s Anti-Violence Network (MAN) enlists the help of prominent community leaders to focus on prevention and abuser accountability. Employers Against Domestic Violence (EADV) is a program that focuses on domestic violence awareness in the workplace. To date, AFW programs have benefited more than a million individuals in the state of Arizona. For more information about the Arizona Foundation for Women, please call (602) 532-2800.


XFC Thanks All Service Men and Women, Active-Duty and Veterans

Austin, TX (PRWEB) November 11, 2008

Today is Veteran’s Day, a day when Americans honor those men and women who have given of themselves so that people around the globe could know and understand the basic human right of freedom.

The XFC holds sacred the concept of freedom and the sacrifices American soldiers have made to ensure the nation’s freedom. Every day brave men and women serve this great country without thought of self or personal gain; they answered a call to protect our nation against invasion upon our soil, our morals, and our way of life. The United States has long served as the beacon of freedom, shining the light of liberty the world over so that those who were blinded by oppression could navigate the waters of tyranny and land on the shores of justice and truth.

The Xtreme Fight Championship (XFC, http://www.xfcfights.com) would like to thank all of the men and women who have served the United States so bravely and all of those who continue to answer the call of liberty and freedom world wide.

In this time of change and upheaval a basic truth remains untouched: every citizen of the United States of America is now, and shall forever remain, free. Today is the day when freedom becomes tangible, Americans appreciate their freedom, and recognize this with a salute of respect and appreciation to every man and woman who chose to work for, fight for, and ultimately die for their country’s freedom. The XFC has excelled under the freedom protected by the country’s service men and women since 2005 and because of that the XFC feels obligated to recognize these wonderful citizens and say “Thank you for all that you have provided”. Today the XFC would like to welcome all of the service men and women to become part of the XFC community online and enjoy a small token of appreciation: free online pay-per-view of all XFC events!

Any American citizen who has served and are currently serving in the nation’s armed forces are invited to visit http://www.xfcfights.com and register in the online community. Once registered each and every service member will have free online access to all of the XFC events, starting with the Texas Battleground Series on January 23rd, 2009 from The Expo Center in Austin, Texas. The country’s protectors will enjoy tough XFC action throughout 2009 with events scheduled for May 1st, June 13th, September 11th, and November 6th, all free of charge.

The XFC hope and pray that all service members, active duty and veterans alike, are truly honored and cherished today and every day of the year. Thank you to all who are serving and all who have served!

Xtreme Fight Championship is Texas’s most popular MMA organization and is the brain child of “The Fight Boys”, President Aaron Bouren and Promoter Frank Frye. The XFC is dedicated to providing the most professional and exciting MMA experience possible for the enjoyment of fans, fighters, sponsors, and media. The XFC boasts Texas’s largest outdoor MMA event, the public weigh-in’s in Austin, Texas which welcomed over 200,000 fans on Austin’s famed Congress Avenue; the XFC is one of the only MMA organization to provide affordable health care benefits and continuing education program to all of its contracted athletes. The XFC is changing the face of MMA and welcomes all inquiries from fans, fighters, coaches, trainers, media, and sponsors via its website, http://www.xfcfights.com.

To reach President Aaron Bouren or Promoter Frank Frye for comment please contact: info @ xfcfights.com or call (512) 314-KICK, (512) 314-5425.


Erin Rhames-Childs of Childs Law Group, PLC is Featured in Time Magazine’s Salute to Women in Leadership

Fresno, CA (PRWEB) December 16, 2008

Family law litigator and collaborative attorney, Erin Rhames-Childs, founding partner of the Childs Law Group, is honored in September’s Time Magazine Salute to Women In Leadership which, in conjunction with United Airlines and Sky Radio Network, spotlighted a number of women leaders who have excelled in the business and legal fields.

Chosen for her work in Collaborative Practice, Erin Rhames-Childs was featured and interviewed about what she does and why she does it. “The journalists from Sky Radio Network and Time Magazine were looking for someone who dedicated a large part of her practice to the Collaborative Divorce. I am a strong advocate for Collaborative Practice and am very involved with getting the message out to the masses so families can choose this avenue in the event they are faced with a family crisis,” states Erin Rhames-Childs.

In her interview with Sky Radio Network, which featured her interview on United Airlines Ms. Childs discussed what Collaborative Practice is. “Collaborative divorce is a way for a divorcing couple to preserve their relationship for after the divorce is over so that they can effectively co-parent happy and healthy children despite the restructuring of their family. Couples deal with their divorce using two collaboratively-trained attorneys and commit in writing to keep their divorce out of court. They commit to resolving their issues through a series of four-way meetings and conducting themselves with honesty, integrity and forthrightness in mind,” she continues.

Collaborative divorce can’t remove the pain, agony and loss in a divorce, but it can avoid the emotional destruction that happens to all family members involved in a traditional divorce. Collaborative divorce can also help protect the family finances by costing less and taking less time to complete than a litigated divorce. Ms. Childs emphasizes, “Times are tough right now for most of us. This is a great way to have your divorce done well but cost a fraction of what it would in the court of law.”

Time Magazine featured Erin’s leadership qualities. “Whether we are handling a litigation case or a collaborative case, I view everyone – clients, paralegals, secretaries, and law clerks – as team members. We all have to communicate, respect each other and maintain a strong work ethic to get the job done and do it well. We want to be the smartest, most effective, most honest, hardworking team in the business and expecting the best from all involved will eventually get us there. We want to be the best out there for ourselves and for our clients.”

For additional information about the areas of family law and new location of Childs Law Group, contact Erin Rhames-Childs or visit http://www.childslawgroup.com. The law offices are open Monday through Thursday 8:00-12:00 and 1:00-5:00 and Fridays from 8:00-12:00 if you would like to set up a time to speak with one of our attorneys or visit our offices.

Childs Law Group provides services in divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, adoptions, guardianships, grandparent rights, domestic partnerships, and domestic violence restraining orders. Childs Law Group is proud to work throughout the Central Valley including cities like Fresno, Madera, Clovis, Kingsburg, Reedley, Selma, Tulare, Hanford, Visalia, Merced, Modesto and Coalinga.

Erin Rhames-Childs, Partner

Childs Law Group, A PLC




Lloydspharmacy Reports No Pills Sex Risked by One in Four Women

London, UK (PRWEB) January 21, 2009

Lloydspharmacy has revealed that a large number of young women who rely on the contraceptive pill to prevent unwanted pregnancies have risked unprotected sex simply because they were unable to get a repeat prescription.

New research by Lloydspharmacy shows that as many as one in four (25%) women aged between 18 and 24 years who take the pill (http://health.lloydspharmacy.com/womenshealthcontraception/contraceptivepills.php ) admit to having sex without contraception (http://onlinedoctor.lloydspharmacy.com/sexual_health/Oral-contraception/3-month-oral-contraception ) just because they ran out.

According to Lloydspharmacy 64 per cent of women aged between 18 and 24 take the pill, amounting to around 1.6 million people. But one in four of those – around 426,000 young women – are taking huge risks by having sexual intercourse between pill prescriptions.

Lloydspharmacy warns that young women in particular find it difficult to make an appointment with their GP to get repeat prescriptions (http://www.lloydspharmacy.com/wps/portal/prescriptions/expressrepeatprescriptions ). Its research shows that one in ten young women always find it hard to get a convenient appointment from their doctor in order to get a repeat prescription of the contraceptive pill. And more than one in three (40%) say they have run out of the pill because they did not have time or simply forgot to collect their prescription.

Experts at Lloydspharmacy are particularly concerned that such a high proportion of young women who do not collect their repeat prescription then go on to have sex without protection anyway.

Chris Frost, Head of Medicines at Lloydspharmacy, commented: “This is a worrying statistic. It’s interesting to see just how many young women will take such a huge risk because they have either forgotten to pick up a repeat prescription or have not had time to go to the doctors because of work or child pressures.”

The research comes as Lloydspharmacy launches an online service for women to have an online consultation and obtain prescriptions for the contraceptive pill via its online doctor (http://onlinedoctor.lloydspharmacy.com ).

The service has been designed for women who have been taking the pill for some time and who require repeat prescriptions for the same pill they have been taking for a year or more.

Chris Frost added: “This online pharmacy (http://www.lloydspharmacy.com/ ) service supplied by Lloydspharmacy.com, has been designed to provide an easy way for women to obtain a repeat prescription of the contraceptive pill without having to make an appointment at the doctors.”

Notes to Editors:

Consumer research was conducted by YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1956 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 2nd – 4th December 2008. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of online adults (aged 18+).

About Lloydspharmacy:

Lloydspharmacy has around 1,700 pharmacies across the UK. These are based predominantly in community and health centre locations. The company employs over 15,000 staff and dispenses more than 133 million prescription items annually.

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More Women Turning to Social Security Disability Benefits; Mothers Should Know Their Options

Belleville, Ill. (Vocus) May 5, 2009

More working mothers are becoming disabled and losing their ability to support their families. That means it’s even more important for women to understand the role of Social Security disability insurance, according to Allsup, which represents tens of thousands of people in the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) process each year.

In the past decade, from 1999 to 2009, the rate of disability for women has grown by about 72 percent compared with nearly 42 percent for men, according to the Social Security Administration. Since 1990, the number of working women who are fully insured for Social Security benefits has grown by 28 percent to 99.7 million women. As of April 2009, 3.6 million women were receiving SSDI benefits as disabled workers.

Disabilities may result from an accident, a chronic disease or worsening condition. Some of the diagnoses affecting women include multiple sclerosis, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, depression and fibromyalgia.

“Women may not realize they are insured for disability benefits, especially during the period before they experience a severe disability,” said Cindy Ratermann, manager of disability claims specialists at Allsup. “Women who are widows or widows with young children also may qualify for Social Security benefits based on their husband’s work record, so this is another option to consider.”

SSDI is a federally mandated insurance program overseen by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that operates separately from the retirement and SSI programs. SSDI provides monthly benefits to individuals who are under full retirement age (age 65 or older) and can no longer work because of a disability (injury, illness or condition) expected to last for at least 12 months or is terminal. Individuals must have paid FICA taxes to be eligible. More details are provided in the SSDI Overview on Allsup.com.

Concerns When Women Can No Longer Work

Women who have been working and supporting their families face enormous difficulties when they can no longer work because of an injury, illness or chronic disease. Allsup offers stories from women in this situation, including a former math teacher and former retail employee, on Allsup.com.

“If you’ve become disabled and must stop working on a long-term basis, you need to look at filing for SSDI benefits as soon as possible,” said Ms. Ratermann, who has more than 20 years experience in the SSDI process, working with a staff of nearly 580 professionals at Allsup.

Women must have a work history and meet certain qualifications to be eligible for SSDI on their own record, including having paid payroll taxes for five of the last 10 years. Having a record of your employment history for the past 15 years is ideal, said Ms. Ratermann. “Your earnings determine what your SSDI benefit would be if the SSA finds you disabled,” she explained.

Keep in mind that the SSDI process can be lengthy, with some claimants’ cases taking two to four years because of the backlog in the disability claims process. More than 2.9 million people are expected to apply for disability benefits in 2009, according to the SSA.

“Women can make this experience easier on themselves by choosing a representative to handle their SSDI claim,” Ms. Ratermann said. Allsup provides representation at all levels of the SSDI application process, including the initial application and, if needed, the hearing before an administrative law judge.

At the hearing level, or level 3, about 90 percent of claimants have a representative. Individuals Allsup represents at the hearing level generally receive an award four months faster than the national average. “It can be to your benefit to get representation from the beginning,” Ms. Ratermann said.

Considering Social Security Disability

There are a number of reasons why a woman should apply for SSDI, including regular monthly income. Additional considerations include:

Medical benefits: Regardless of your age, 24 months after your date of entitlement to SSDI cash benefits, you are eligible for Medicare, including Part A (hospital benefits) and Part B (medical benefits).
Prescription drug coverage: Once you are entitled to Medicare, you are also eligible for Medicare Part D, the prescription drug plan
COBRA extension: If you receive SSDI benefits, the length of your COBRA benefits could be extended an additional 11 months.
Protected retirement benefits: When you reach retirement age, SSDI ends and you transition to Social Security retirement benefits. Social Security disability entitlement “freezes” Social Security earnings records during your period of disability. Because the years in which you collect SSDI benefits are not counted when computing future benefits, your Social Security retirement benefits may be higher than if your earnings were averaged over a greater number of years.
Dependent benefits: If you receive SSDI benefits and you have a dependent under age 18, he or she may also be eligible for benefits. Benefits also may be paid to your husband on your earnings record if he is age 62 or older; or at any age if he is caring for your child (under age 16).

Insights On Social Security Benefits

Allsup provides representation services for Social Security Disability Insurance, but there are additional considerations for women.

Keep in mind that Social Security offers marginal amount of financial protection to women as a result of their earnings and through their spouse’s earnings, depending on the circumstances. Most people need 10 years of work, or 40 credits earned through payroll taxes, to qualify for benefits.

Today, nearly 60 percent of the people receiving Social Security benefits, including SSDI benefits, are women.

Women and earnings. Women are likely to earn less than men during their careers, so their benefits may be lower. For example, in April 2009 the average SSDI benefit for women was about 22 percent lower at $ 920.47 compared to $ 1,188.52 for men. One factor is that many women work as caregivers for family members and children during their earning years. Often, women step out of the work force for years at a time and, over time, pay less toward Social Security.

Women and business ownership. If you and your husband operate a business together, you are entitled to receive Social Security credits as a partner. Even though you may file your income taxes jointly, you should file a separate self-employment report with Social Security. This ensures that you get Social Security benefits from your own work. Otherwise, all the earnings will be reported on your husband’s work record.

Women and additional benefits. Your payroll taxes go toward several programs besides SSDI.

These include:

Engage Mutual Confirms The Myth That Men Are Bigger Whiners When Ill Compared To Women

(PRWEB) June 18, 2010

Men are bigger whingers when ill than women, according to new research.

A new survey supports the myth that men complain more about aches and pains than women.

The results show that while women are more likely to complain about minor ailments on a daily basis, men feel the most sorry for themselves when they are actually ill.

And while men are less likely to suffer from real illnesses five bouts a year compared to seven for women – when they do get poorly, they tend to seek maximum amounts of sympathy.

The Engage Mutual survey of 3,000 people shows nearly half of all men exaggerate their symptoms of illness a common cold becomes flu and a headache turns into a full blown migraine.

According to their partners, more than 57 per cent of men become attention seeking when ill, with 65 per cent constantly moaning and groaning.

When it comes to taking time off, men are the real martyrs, with 76 per cent choosing to take their symptoms to work, rather than recover at home.

Karl Elliott at health cash plan provider, Engage Mutual, said:

Men have had a bad press concerning their tendencies towards man flu, but our findings support the belief that men do moan more and are more likely to exaggerate their symptoms.

They may have fewer bouts of genuine sickness a year, five compared to the seven suffered by women, but when ill, their attention seeking behaviour makes sure their partner knows about it.

But even though men look for maximum sympathy, they tend to struggle on, being less likely to take time off work for an illness.

Minor ailments aside, it is important for men to recognise and act on any genuine health concerns.

Whether taking professional advice, or seeking suitable remedies and treatments to aid recovery, it is important to address any issues in order to maintain good levels of health.

Despite 34 per cent of mens partners rarely believing their claims to illness are genuine, 62 per cent can still be relied upon to serve up some sympathy.

Six in 10 find it awful to see their man poorly, and 49 per cent make the effort to wait on them hand and foot. Two thirds of partners whip out to the pharmacy to stock up on requested remedies whenever their man is ill; 46 per cent run them a bath; and 27 per cent provide breakfast in bed.

On the other side of the gender coin, the survey suggests women tend to be more vocal about their aches and pains on a daily basis.

According to their partners, 45 per cent of women have a low pain threshold, and 36 per cent frequently get woman flu.

But if they do become ill, women can rely on some serious tlc. Twenty nine per cent of their partners stated they had taken time off work to care for their woman when sick and 33 per cent say they would always buy flowers, dvds or magazines to cheer them up.

Womens partners also scored higher on getting up in the night (32 per cent) and making them breakfast in bed (29 per cent) when they were ill.

Karl Elliott concluded:

Women score higher than men on being prepared to dole out the sympathy for an attention seeking partner, regardless of whether they believe they are genuinely ill, or not.

But when it comes to doing the little things that make a partner more comfortable when they are ill, men and women seem to be more evenly matched.

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1 Survey conducted for Engage Mutual by OnePoll in May 2010, surveying 3,000 people across Great Britain.



For further information please contact:

Kathryn McLaughlin

Engage Mutual

Tel: 01423 855245

Mob: 07794 283788



Pregnant Pakistani Women Need Lifesaving Care; UNFPA Works to Fill the Gap

Islamabad, Pakistan (Vocus) September 7, 2010

Thousands of pregnant women uprooted by floods face heightened risk of death and disability unless relief efforts can be scaled up quickly to meet their needs, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, warned today.

Nearly 500,000 of the 21 million flood-affected Pakistanis are pregnant, UNFPA estimates. Every day, some 1,700 will go into labour; more than 250 of them will experience complications that call for lifesaving medical intervention.

Yet most of those displaced in the crisis still lack access to proper health services, including skilled delivery assistance.

Noor Bano, 32, is an exception. She was anaemic and exhausted when her labour pains started on Sunday. Her flight from the flood had included a three-hour trek carrying two small children and two days sheltering beneath a bridge without food or water.

But Noor ended up in a camp in Sukkur visited regularly by a UNFPA-supported medical team. The team gave Noor a prenatal exam and left a phone number. Noors mother-in-law called, and community midwife Farzana Sarki came quickly to help Noor deliver her sixth baby in the familys tent.

It was Farzanas 18th delivery in two weeks. Since early August, UNFPA has deployed obstetricians and midwives in 23 mobile teams and 14 health centres in flood-affected areas. They have attended some 1,500 births, treated 300 women after suffering miscarriages, and referred nearly 200 mothers to hospitals for Caesarean sections.

Shahnaz Seelro, Noors neighbour in the camp, gave birth before reaching the camp — in the trailer of a truck hired to carry her family away from the flood. With no skilled birth attendant, her life would have been at risk had anything gone wrong.

Maternal mortality is high in Pakistan in normal times; the UN estimates that 320 women die for every 100,000 live births. Trauma, malnutrition and poor hygiene make flood victims more vulnerable.

As part of the coordinated humanitarian response to Pakistans emergency, UNFPA is focusing on safe delivery and other reproductive health concerns. It is helping assess needs for basic services as the floods continue to displace people, and for restoring damaged health centres and hospitals after waters recede.

We urgently need to scale up reproductive health care to the flood victims,” says Dr. Naseer Nizamani, UNFPA Assistant Representative in Pakistan. ”The number of women who still lack assistance is enormous.

Besides supporting health authorities in flood-affected provinces, UNFPA is conducting reproductive health training and offering critical supplies to nongovernmental service providers. These range from clean delivery kits for births outside health facilities to medical instruments and essential medicines for clinics offering safe deliveries.

The Fund is also, among other things, providing personal hygiene supplies and working to protect displaced women and girls from violence.

As estimates of flood damage and displaced people continue to grow, so do estimates of the resources required to respond. UNFPA is currently seeking $ 12.6 million for relief and early recovery activities in the next 12 months. International donors have pledged $ 3.5 million to date.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.

UNFPA because everyone counts


For more information, please contact:

In Islamabad, Sara Raza Khan, tel. +92 (0) 51 835 5766, mobile +92 (0) 345 522 2707

In New York, Omar Gharzeddine, tel. +1 212 297 5028


Bachelet Appointment Puts Women and Girls Up-Front on the Global Agenda

Washington, D.C. (Vocus) September 24, 2010

United Nations Foundation President Senator Timothy E. Wirth issued the following statement on the appointment of the new head of UN Women:

The appointment of Chiles former president Michelle Bachelet as the head of UN Womenthe United Nations new entity for women and girlsis proof that the UN is making smart moves to improve its operations and the lives of people around the globe.

Bachelet, who ended her service as her countrys first female president in March 2010, has distinguished herself as a champion for those who do not always have a voice. She was instrumental in pushing for a stronger network of social protections for Chiles poorest and advocating for laws dealing with violence against women. In her new role, Bachelet will be responsible for elevating the rights and needs of women and girls across the globe, including the 330 million women who comprise the worlds working poor.

By harnessing the United Nations collective impact and reach to advance the rights and needs of women and girls under one entity and the strong leadership of a skilled manager, UN Women will greatly strengthen the UNs work in the area of gender equality and womens empowerment. It will ensure that womens issues are included in all aspects of the UNs work. The creation of UN Women will improve programs that directly address the human rights violations and challenges to individual, community, and national development that result from gender inequality.

We applaud Bachelets appointment as a critical move in helping move us closer to achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which include such global issues as gender equality (MDG 3), reducing child mortality (MDG 4) and improving maternal health (MDG 5). Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moons choice will ensure that the important UN conventions regarding womens rights fulfill their maximum potential and help focus the UNs ongoing work on behalf of women and girls. We look forward to working with Bachelet and UN Women to ensure that the voices of all women and girls are heard and that improving their lives is at the center of global efforts to create a better world.

About the new UN Gender Entity:

On July 2, 2010, the General Assembly adopted a resolution that creates a new womens agency to be led by an Under Secretary-General and consolidating the strength and work of four existing womens UN entities: the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women (OSAGI), the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), and the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW).

The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turners historic $ 1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the worlds most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The campaigns we conduct reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes. For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.

Contact: Yolanda Johnny Taylor, 202-778-1630