Tag Archives: Rural Poverty

Half the Sky, the Book, is Now a Global Movement

It is the mission of Mom Bloggers for Social Good to spread as much awareness about pressing global issues that affect the world from maternal health to food security. Women, in particular, bear the brunt of many of the issues we cover here from ensuring children are vaccinated or have enough to eat or foregoing traditional norms to allow their daughters to get an education or having to fear the worse when they are about to deliver their babies.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the bestselling book written by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, officially became a global movement last week with the launch of a new site (www.halftheskymovement.org) and the release of a trailer highlighting the first of six featured issues: maternal health.

Over 300,000 women die in childbirth or from childbirth complications every year. The sad thing is that most of these deaths are preventable. No woman deserves to needlessly die in a hut or on an operating table giving birth. This October the Half the Sky documentary will premiere on PBS where maternal health will be highlighted and featured. Watch the first trailer on maternal health.

If you are compelled to do more you can donate as much as you can to Half the Sky’s Crowdrise page.

The Plight of Rural Women Discussed at the UN + Tweets from Day 1

Over the next few weeks the United Nations Commission of the Status of Women is holding high level talks about rural women. I tweeted during the opening session and general discussion. I have included some of my tweets along with pertinent tweets of others who shared information from Day 1.

I have a great interest in the plight of rural women as I was able to meet many in Kenya when I traveled to Africa last summer with ONE. In fact, I wrote about how collectives in dairy farming can better improve the lives of women living in rural Kenya. You can read my article, One Cow Can Change an Entire Community, on Care2.com.