In recognition for her work and achievements as a violence-prevention advocate, Raja Rahim will be honored with the 2002 California Peace Prize Award from The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF).
On Friday, December 6, 2002, Rahim, one of three honorees, will receive $25,000 at TCWFs tenth annual California Peace Prize Award ceremony being held in San Francisco.
This years awardees recognize that violence can be prevented through hard work and commitment, said Gary L. Yates, TCWF president and CEO. The California Peace Prize recognizes their tireless work and ability to prevent violence to ensure healthy futures for all Californians.
Each of this years awardees has influenced hundreds of lives through their bridge-building strategies and innovations. Rahim, a resident of San Francisco, is a survivor of domestic violence and abuse. She brings together multiple, service-providing systems to better serve families through a national initiative, the Greenbook Project. As a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault, Rahim knows firsthand the enduring impacts that such violence has on women, children and families. She draws upon her personal experience to counsel and reach out to families in San Francisco.
Her work spans more than 10 years and includes volunteering for numerous organizations, including W.O.M.A.N. Inc., San Francisco Women Against Rape, and Muakhah, a newly formed Islamic social service organization focusing on families, women and children. Rahim also served as an outreach worker for the San Francisco Neighborhood Safety Partnerships project, where she brought together community members and police to address public safety and violence. Recently, Rahim joined the staff of the Greenbook Project, a national initiative being tested in San Francisco to address the intersection of child welfare, courts and domestic violence. The new position builds upon the trust she has earned from the communities she serves, the respect she has garnered from the governmental agencies most frequently involved in domestic abuse, and the wisdom she has culled from personal experiences.
Everyone has a part, Rahim said. Everyone is connected to the family. The systems need to communicate with one another so things can change. Domestic violence crosses all lines and doing work to prevent it means crossing all lines.
Rahim has also contributed considerable time to creating a common understanding of the needs of domestic violence victims among people with religious beliefs. As a Muslim, she has helped clarify common misunderstandings of Islam regarding women. She assisted in the organization of the first interfaith conference on domestic violence in 1999 and shortly thereafter organized a series of dialogues at the San Francisco Muslim community center on domestic violence.
With the spare time she has, Rahim sings with a jazz quartet, writes about her life and acts in plays with a local alternative theater group, Soapstone Productions.
The California Wellness Foundation is an independent, private foundation created in 1992, with a mission to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. The Foundation provides funding in eight priority areas: Diversity in the Health Professions, Environmental Health, Healthy Aging, Mental Health, Teenage Pregnancy Prevention, Violence Prevention, Womens Health, and Work and Health. It also provides health-related funding through its Special Projects Fund. The Foundation has awarded 2,829 grants totaling more than $377 million since 1992. Please visit TCWFs website at www.tcwf.org for more information.
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