4 March, 2022
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Quote of the Week:
"Two Wisconsin-based groups launched an effort to help women farmers with their mental health.

“You’ve got all these animals that you have no choice; they’re completely reliant on you to take care of them,” Bouressa said.

The groups have virtual training sessions to give women farmers and landowners tools that will prepare them to help their colleagues handle the mental health impacts of managing land, livestock and crops.

“That’s really our goal is to get as many people as we can trained so that we can as communities become more resilient in taking care of ourselves and each other,” said Chris Frakes of Farm Well Wisconsin.

The sessions focus on “COMET” training. That stands for Changing Our Mental and Emotional Trajectory. The idea behind the initiative is to empower women to help others, and themselves, gain a healthy mindset when barreling toward a mental health crisis.

“Really what’s happening is people are starting to realize it’s OK to talk about our mental health challenges and struggles just like we talk about physical health challenges and struggles,” she said."

– Jorge Rodas, Spectrum News





...and finally, some food for thought

"A video published by The New York Times showed a group of women holding firearms, one of them in tears, as they prepared to defend the capital city.

It’s hard to write about women fighting in Ukraine, a topic of interest to many news outlets, and not get a little too golly-gee about it or miss the point entirely. What is the point here? Are we saying it’s shocking that women might love their country as much as men do? Are we saying women should be praised more than men for placing themselves in bodily harm? No and no. In any case, women fighting in deadly battles is the darkest sort of feminism: Nobody wants gender equality in war because nobody wants war.

But the way Ukrainian women are telling the stories of their willingness to fight is meaningful. Rudik, the member of parliament, could have said that she’d planned to spend the weekend drafting legislation or attending important meetings. Instead, she cited the exceptionally tender hobby of flower-planting.

This weekend, women in Ukraine showed what it really means to hold a weapon capable of death and destruction. It means dissonance. It means darkness. It means wishing you weren’t holding it at all."

– Monica Hesse, The Washington Post


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