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We’re Joining UNICEF USA for an Important Discussion About Women and Girls

conversationsNext Monday, May 6 from 2 – 3 PM EST we will join UNICEF USA’s CEO Caryl M. Stern and their Deputy Director of Programmes, Survival, Growth and Development, Maniza Zaman, for a robust Google+ conversation about maternal and child health as well as issues surrounding women and girls.

Members of the Global Team of 200 will also join the conversation including Nicole Melancon, Jennifer Barbour and Tawanna Browne. I will moderate the hour-long conversation.

We hope you’ll join us. Find out more on the G+ link.

From the Discussion Description:

Join +UNICEF USA and +Mom Bloggers for Social Good on May 6 from 2 – 3 p.m. EDT for an in-depth discussion around issues affecting women and girls in developing countries. As experts on the topic and as mothers themselves, participants will examine issues like gender equality in the context of today’s media headlines. We’ll also look at how +UNICEF is addressing these issues around the world and why it’s important for the American public to stay informed.

Please share your questions and thoughts in the comments section below. Selected questions will be answered in real time.

783 Million People Lack Access to Safe Drinking Water #WorldWaterDay2013

Lacking safe drinking water is a blight many of us will never live with, let alone ever fully understand. Living in a privileged society where safe drinking water streams right out the tap and a plethora of product choices are available in our grocery store’s water aisle, most of us simply do not know what it’s like to not have clean, safe water to drink.

This Friday, as you may know, is World Water Day. On that day, leading water NGOs will come together in the fight against water poverty for a Google+ hangout. Who will be there?

Two of our official partners, WaterAid America and Water.org, will be a part of the conversation.

WaterAid America Head of Policy and Advocacy, Lisa Schechtman (@LSchecht), will join People Water co-founder Cody Barker; Water.org International Program Manager, April Davies; charity: water East Africa Water Program Officer Wanja Laiboni; and representatives from Water for People and Whole World. Hosting the hangout will be viral video comedian, Justine Ezarik (aka iJustine).

The Google+ hangout will be broadcast live by the Google for Nonprofits Google+ account at ow.ly/iZCdj, and viewers are encouraged to weigh in on the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #WorldWaterDay2013.

We’ll see you there!

Photo: Children in Ethiopia | Mom Bloggers for Social Good/ Jennifer James

HBO Presents New Documentary About Poverty – ‘American Winter’

UPDATE: Did you watch American Winter and want to help? Visit their Facebook page for updates. You can also donate to their Kickstarter campaign to help the families profiled in the documentary.

Tonight at 9 PM on HBO a riveting new documentary, American Winter, will premiere to millions of people. The award-winning documentary shows the injustices of American families in Oregon as they brave poverty and winter.

American Winter

THE FILM: Directed by Emmy-winning filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz (HBO’s “Taxicab Confessions,” “The Defenders”), AMERICAN WINTER features struggling Oregon families who called into the state’s “211info” social services hotline in search of help in the winter of AmericanWinter_KEYART_2012. The film presents an intimate snapshot of the state of the nation’s economy as it is playing out in the lives of many American families, and reveals the human consequences of rising economic insecurity, budget cuts to the social safety net, and the fracturing of the American Dream.

WHEN: Debuting MONDAY, MARCH 18 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

WHY: The latest U.S. census data shows that 48.5 million Americans are living in poverty, the largest number in the 53-year history of published poverty estimates. This includes 16.1 million children.

American Winter

Watch the Trailer

Our Newest Partner: No Kid Hungry

We are happy to announce that our newest partner is Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign. Throughout the year we, along with our the Social Good Moms and Global Team of 200 network of moms, will advocate to ensure all children get healthy food every day.

The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through Cooking Matters. This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. Join them at NoKidHungry.org.

Last week we were thrilled to partner with NoKidHungry.com to spread awareness about National School Breakfast Week. You can read the wonderful posts by Social Good Moms and member of the Global Team of 200 here.

Top 10 Social Enterprises Improving the Lives of Women, Girls

The more women and girls can receive a helping hand the better for the entire world’s future. It has been said time and time again that women and girls are the future of so many developing countries and yet they typically linger on the bottom rung of society.

Each year Women Deliver celebrates International Women’s Day by highlighting social enterprises that improve the lives of women and girls worldwide. Out of 25 very deserving organizations 10 made the final cut after public votes were cast. Winners were  announced last Friday.

The winners represent a global mix of organizations that range from helping young girls code to empowering the next generation of women leaders. Each winner will receive a full scholarship to attend Women Deliver’s conference in May that will be held in Malaysia.

Great read: The Impact: What Social Enterprises Can Do for Girls Everywhere

The full list of social enterprise challenge contestants (in alphabetical order) are below.

Black Girls Code

Location: USA and Africa

Website: BlackGirlsCode.com

Educate2Envision International

Location: Honduras

Website: educate2envision.org

G3 Box

Location: Kenya

Website: g3box.org

Global Health Media Project

Location: Global

Website: http://globalhealthmedia.org

New Incentives

Location: Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi, India, Bangladesh, and Cambodia

Website: newincentives.org

Teen Revolt

Location: United States

Website: teenrevolt.org

Torath Production

Location: Qatar and Middle East North Africa region

Website: torathproduction.com

VOICE 4 Girls

Location: India

Website: voice4girls.org

Wedu

Location: Cambodia, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Thailand

Website: wedufund.org

Woman to Woman Foundation

Location: Uganda

Website: facebook.com/womantowomanfoundation

Photo: UN Photo/Stuart Price