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 http://act.oxfamamerica.org.
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 JoinMeOnTheBridge.org 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
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 www.nyanyaproject.org.
Our partner, Shot @ Life, a United Nations Foundation project that educates, connects and empowers Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries, has been nominated for Women Deliver 50. Women Deliver spotlights the top 50 inspiring ideas and solutions that are making the world a better place for women and girls.
Out of over 500 submissions, a selection committee of experts and advocates from leading global NGOs and foundations chose 25 per category. Shot@Life was chosen as one of the top 25 in the Advocacy and Awareness Campaigns category. 50 winners (10 per category) will be announced on March 8th, International Women’s Day.
Please support our partner by voting on the Women Deliver Facebook page. Voting ends this Friday, March 2.
Photo copyright: Shot at Life