I am always amazed at the young women who work with me. Just a generation apart, but their self-confidence, strength and natural assumption that they are worthy is a joy to behold. I wish I had that much verve when I was their age. How wonderful that they were raised in a more enlightened time, where women are respected, protected, educated and most of all empowered to be the best they can be.
But in developing countries, there are so many women and girls who do not have the economic and social advantages we do here in the United States. By investing in a girl, she can lift herself out of poverty and abuse, altering the condition of her family, her community and, ultimately, the world.
Did you know?
- An estimated sixty percent of women have been physically or sexually abused.
In some countries, long-standing cultural, and often religious,
practices devalue and marginalize female children, which results in lack of access to education, marginalization, forced marriage, sexual exploitation and violence.
- Women produce half of the world’s food, but own less than one percent of the world’s property.
- Each year, about 300,000 women suffer a preventable death during pregnancy and childbirth.
- Two-thirds of the children denied primary education are girls.
- Women and girls make up ninety-eight percent of trafficking victims.
Without access to clean drinking water, sanitation, medical care, equal rights, education and decent employment, poverty continues to intensify. When mothers lack the means to thrive, their children suffer, as well.
No single charity is large enough to combat these challenges alone. Organizations worldwide are uniting to provide resources and frontline delivery of services on a global scale, including:
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Access to education
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Job skills training
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Prenatal and early childhood care
and many more…
The Global Impact Women & Girls Fund brings together four of the most respected, best-in-the-business international organizations focused on helping women and girls.
In more than 80 countries, CARE addresses not only the consequences of gender inequality, but also the root causes. CARE works to increase women’s and girls’ ability to determine their own futures through improved education, increased economic power and more decision-making authority in their homes and communities. At the same time, CARE engages with fellow community members, social and religious leaders, politicians and local organizations to shift attitudes and behaviors that marginalize women and girls. This involves working closely with men and boys to promote equitable roles, responsibilities and policies, as well as respectful attitudes and behaviors, and mutually beneficial relationships.
- World Vision
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision is the largest international non-governmental organization in the world, working in nearly 100 countries with 45,000 staff serving millions of people in need.
- Plan USA
Investing in a girl and her future, gives her the ability to lift herself out of poverty, altering the economic condition of her family, her community, and ultimately her country. Decades of experience and in-depth research have proven it. Yet even today, a girl in the developing world still faces overwhelming odds from the day she’s born.
Through sustainable development projects, Plan reaches out to the most marginalized and vulnerable populations of girls around the world, rigorously measuring their impact every step of the way.
- ICRW (International Center for Research on Women)
ICRW research identifies women’s contributions to their communities and the barriers—like HIV, violence, lack of education—that prevent them from being economically stable and able to fully participate in society. ICRW provides a path that creates the conditions under which not just one woman, but millions of women can benefit.
Through this fund, contributors will join with millions of people to change the world by helping to provide education, protection and rehabilitation from violence and exploitation, job training, healthcare, safe drinking water and a host of other services to women and girls around the world.
Your contributions go directly to supporting real and meaningful work to improve the lives of women and girls.
Won’t you help women and girls everywhere live healthy lives wherein they are protected, respected, educated and empowered to reach their potential?
About Global Impact:
Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. The organization raises funds to meet critical humanitarian needs around the world. In partnership with nearly 100 major corporations and more than 300 public sector entities, Global Impact provides funding to more than 100 U.S.-based international charities through innovative partnerships and employee giving programs. Since 1956, Global Impact has generated more than $1.6 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable people. The organization and its charity partners help an estimated 400 million people each year.
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This post is a part of a sponsored awareness program that seeks to help women and girls everywhere live healthy lives wherein they are protected, respected, educated and empowered to reach their potential. Visit www.togetherforwomen.org.
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