Category Archives: Women and Girls

GirlUp and International Women’s Day

Strong girls grow up to be strong women. That’s why I love everything about GirlUp, an innovative campaign, of the United Nations Foundation, to address the needs of adolescent girls in developing countries. This “for girls, by girls” campaign mobilizes girls in the U.S. to raise awareness and funds for programs of the United Nations that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls.

This International Women’s Day, GirlUp is honoring fabulous women around the world and needs your help to spread the word. Here are a few tweets to help:

Guess what? It’s Intl’ Women’s Month! Tweet @GirlUp & send them a pic of the woman you look up 2. #girlsinspire #IWD #socialgoodmoms


Watch “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” at Tonight

I am always amazed by how powerful and brave women are around the world. I like to think of myself as someone who believes in the power of social good and the influence that collective digital voices of mothers can impart upon society, but I do all of this from the comfort of my home and from the security that the developed world provides. There are no military coups here in the United States or child soldiers in our midst. I have enough food to eat. My daughters are not in danger of dying from tropical diseases or have to collect firewood so our family can eat and they in turn cannot go to school. I also have the technological wherewithal to make an impact on a global level through blogging and social media. This is not the case for millions of women around the world.

So many women, particularly those who live in rural areas of developing nations, do not have the access to education and resources to make the difference they want. But time and time again we see that women are resourceful and use what they have to make a difference that is echoed and lauded around the world.

Tonight on, there will be an online screening of “Pray the Devil Back to Hell”, the story of the women – both Christian and Muslim – who stood up against the brutal and bloody regime of ousted president Charles Taylor.

After the screening there will also be a discussion. I hope to see you there.

Watch the trailer of Pray the Devil Back to Hell.

Send an Oxfam E-Card to a Woman You Admire for International Women’s Day

Did you know…

  • Sixty-six percent of the world’s work falls on women’s shoulders, yet they earn only 10% of the world’s income.
  • If women were given the same access to resources that men have, they could increase yields on their farms by 20-30%.
  • Hunger and poverty are about power and inequality, and women and girls face the biggest inequalities of all.

Women and girls, especially in the developing world, face massive challenges for equal access to resources, education, power, food, and jobs among other things. Women and organizations are working tirelessly to make strides in gender equality as evidenced by the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women that wraps up this week, but there is still so much to do.

If you know someone who is working toward empowering the lives of women and girls send them a thank you and a word of encouragement. It’s not an easy job.

Oxfam is offering free-ecards for International Women’s Day. Honor someone who is doing good for women and girls by sending them one at

Join Me on the Bridge – Women for Women International

Right now, as I write this, there is a woman who is being ravaged by the atrocities of war. She is like many women whose lives have been irreparably damaged by war and like countless women around the world she teeters on the brink of having lost everything, having no voice and no hope. Thankfully, Women for Women International works tirelessly for these women.

We are thrilled to have partnered with Women for Women International to spread the word about their annual event celebrating International Women’s Day: Join Me on the Bridge on March 8.

Women for Women International provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies. They are changing the world one woman at a time.

They work with socially excluded women in eight countries where war and conflict have devastated lives and communities. Each woman we serve has her own story—some of loved ones murdered, and others of physical and emotional trauma. Most have endured a struggle for survival.

On March 8 women around the world will be gathering on bridges in solidarity to express hope and peace for the future. If you would like to stand in support of women in war ravaged countries, visit to find an event near you. And make sure to tweet with the #Bridge12 hashtag.

Photo Copyright: Join Me on the Bridge/ Women for Women International

Sitting Down With Mary Martin Niepold, Founder of the Nyanya Project

One of the wonderful things about working in social good is the people you meet. I have met some amazing people over the past few years who are doing extraordinary things, even some in my own backyard.

Yesterday I joined Mary Martin Niepold for lunch and we chatted about Africa, her non-profit organization, the Nyanya Project, her recent TED talk at Wake Forest University where she is also a lecturer in journalism, the world of social good and ideas about future action campaigns. The Nyanya Project is a partner of Mom Bloggers for Social Good.

After visiting Africa as a volunteer in 2007 Mary was compelled to do something to help the people she had met, visited and worked with. As a grandmother herself she saw that no one was thinking about the grandmothers who carry so much of the burden of Africa as mothers and fathers die from AIDS and leave their children behind to be cared for. The grandmothers are the ones who are left.

The Nyanya Project empowers grandmothers to keep their families together in the face of AIDS devastation. They help African grandmothers form working cooperatives that generate the income necessary to provide healthcare, education and a loving home for their grandchildren.

The Nyanya Project also runs a preschool in Kibera, Kenya, one of the largest slums in east Africa. Children are able to get educated before they matriculate to primary school. They also get two meals a day and some of the grandmothers also work in the preschool.

Mary and the Nyanya Project are on the cusp of opening another preschool in Rwanda and are accepting donations to move towards opening their goal. If you would like to donate to the Nyanya Project visit them at