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UNICEF Turns Pinterest’s Consumer Focus On Its Head

THE (INTENTIONALLY) SADDEST PINTEREST PAGE IN THE WORLD

BY: JOE BERKOWITZ

UNICEF creates a page for Ami Musa, a young girl from Sierra Leone, to bring her “pinnable” interests and ours into sharp relief…

UNICEF has turned that naked consumerism on its head with a Pinterest board that showcases a human being’s most basic wants.

The world humanitarian organization and agency Weapon 7 recently created a page on Pinterest that ostensibly reflects the wishes and hopes of 13-year old Sierra Leona resident, Ami Musa. While that concept may sound like The Onion-style satire, in execution it’s anything but. While lots of Pinterest pages are chockablock with decorating ideas, wardrobe aspirations, and fantasy meals to cook, young Ami’s reminds us that for some people, running water alone would be a dream come true. Pinterest users can repin her posts and click on any of them to donate.

Read the full article here: http://www.fastcocreate.com/1681565/the-intentionally-saddest-pinterest-page-in-the-world

Follow Ami’s Pinterest board here: http://pinterest.com/AmiMusa/

September 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment

Be the Change: Promise Rings from Tumbleweed Bead Co. @shoptumbleweed #hwhtw

Jewelry makers Tumbleweed Bead Co. have launched The Promise Project to donate a portion of proceeds from their promise rings to charities that empower women.  $1 from each ring sold (they start at $10!) goes to Women Thrive Worldwide and YWCA Wenatchee Valley.  But why promise rings?

“Inspiration for our Promise Rings came from a fabulous friend. She bought herself a ring, made herself a promise, and wore the ring as a constant reminder to keep that promise to herself! ”

Read more and buy your ring here: http://www.tumbleweedbeadco.com/pages/promise-project

August 6, 2012 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

Be the Change: “Empower Girls Through Football In A Slum In India” @realitygives @YuwaFootball #hwhtw

Reality Gives and YUWA are raising funds for a girls’ football program in the infamous Dharavi slum in Mumbai – the setting of Slumdog Millionaire.  (I visited Reality’s community center and school in Dharavi last year and was impressed with their work.)  Check out this video telling the story of how soccer changed one girl’s life for the better!

Watch the video: 

Learn more and donate to the project: http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/football-for-girls-empowerment/

June 18, 2012 at 5:59 pm 1 comment

TODAY: “#AskUNWomen Twitter chat on gender equality and sustainable development” @UN_Women

In the lead-up to Rio, grab this chance to chat with  UN Women’s Director of Policy, Saraswathi Menon, on Twitter!  Starting at 10 AM Eastern (US) time, submit your questions on Twitter using the hashtag #AskUNWomen.

“How can women contribute to sustainable development? How can they benefit from it? Want to know more about UN Women’s work in this area? In the week leading up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, UN Women’s expert and Director of Policy Saraswathi Menon will answer your questions live during an interactive twitter chat on gender equality and sustainable development.”

Where: #AskUNWomen & @UN_Women on Twitter

Read more: http://www.unwomen.org/events/55/askunwomen-twitter-chat-on-gender-equality-and-sustainable-development/

June 13, 2012 at 9:15 am Leave a comment

“Roominate: Make It Yours!” @Kickstarter @RoominateToy #STEM #hwhtw

Fantastic Kickstarter idea: a toy that gets girls excited about engineering, math, and science!

“Roominate is a kit of wooden building pieces and circuit components with which a child can use her creativity to design, build, wire, and decorate her own unique interactive room.

“AND, the rooms are attachable and stackable, enabling girls to build and design expandable structures. The pieces are made to be simple and intuitive so as to allow a girl to explore and discover on her own.”

Read more: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/369073015/roominate-make-it-yours

May 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

Tahirih Justice Center is hiring! @tahirihjustice #DCjobs #hwhtw

Want your career to make a difference for women?  Just got this announcement from Tahirih Justice Center:

Are you committed to protecting vulnerable women and girls fleeing violence? The Tahirih Justice Center is looking for talented and committed people to join our team!

We are looking to fill the following positions:


Immigration and Family Law Paralegal (Washington, DC Area) (PDF)

Web and Data Specialist (Washington, DC Area) (PDF)

Social Services Case Aide – Temporary (Washington, DC Area) (PDF)

Volunteer Attorney (Washington, DC Area or Baltimore, MD) (PDF)

Major Gift Officer (Washington, DC Area) (PDF)  

Immigration Legal Advocate (Houston, TX) (PDF) 

Bahá’í Service Fellowship – Immigration and Social Services Program (Washington, DC Area) (DOC)       
For more information on these career opportunities click on the links above or visit our website.

Tahirih also has multiple internship opportunities and options for you to support our work as a volunteer.

 

May 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm Leave a comment

Be the Change: Every Mother Counts launches “No Mothers Day” @everymomcounts @CTurlington #hwhtw #moms

Every Mother Counts, founded by Christy Turlington Burns, and CHI & Partners are launching an innovative campaign this Mother’s Day to bring attention to the importance of maternal health care.

“The cornerstone of the campaign is a short social issue film that features moms encouraging other moms to join in solidarity by disappearing May 13th, Mother’s Day, because ‘our silence can speak the loudest for all mothers.’ Click here to watch the video.

“Our goal is to leverage Mother’s Day—the day when people are thinking about their mothers most—as a moment to bring the facts about maternal mortality to a wider audience. We believe that once people know the facts, they will want to do what they can to engage. Our hope is that the No Mothers Day campaign will spark energy into Every Mother Counts’ overarching goal of driving 5 million individual actions on maternal health by 2015.

“How You Can Help:
·      Spread the word about our short social issue film and sharing it with your network;
·      Sign up to take part in No Mothers Day yourself on our Facebook page;
·      Inform your friends about the issue of maternal health and with their help, we can prevent 90% of the fatalities that occur due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth; and
·      Post about the No Mothers Day campaign on your social media outlets with the language below.”

Whether you’re a mom, or just have one, find out how you can participate: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=a37060f836a37740beac206a0&id=7e702b3c8d&e=f50fa4b46c

May 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm Leave a comment

Global Marketplace at the NMWA, May 12-13 @WomenInTheArts #hwhtw #dc @dcculture #passportdc

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than by supporting women artisans from all over the world at the National Museum of Women in the Arts?

“The Global Marketplace features jewelry, ceramics, personal accessories, and home decor created by women artisan groups living in emerging economies throughout the world. Exhibitors representing the craftswomen will also discuss the arts as a powerful vehicle of economic development.

“Celebrating its 25th anniversary, NMWA hosts its third annual Global Marketplace in conjunction with Passport DC.

“The Global Marketplace is part of NMWA’s Empowering Women through Art initiative, and proceeds from the two-day event go directly to the women artisans. Countries represented include: Cambodia, Ethiopia, Laos, Mexico, Peru, Swaziland, Turkey, Vietnam among others.”

For hours, directions, and more info: http://www.nmwa.org/events/global-marketplace

April 29, 2012 at 12:40 pm Leave a comment

Be the Change: Support the Walk to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls @USNC_UNWomen

The UN Women US National Committee is hosting annual Walk to End Violence Against Women and Girls events across the country this spring!

If you’re in the D.C. area, join the National Capital Chapter’s walk on Saturday, April 28th: http://www.unwomen-usnc.org/natcapital/calendarofevents

To make a donation in support of the walk, click here: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/allison-asplin/2012nationalcapitalwalk

To learn about walks in other cities, click here: http://www.unwomen-usnc.org/walks

From USNC:

“Why are we walking? — Violence against women and girls is a worldwide pandemic; — up to 70% of women experience physical or sexual violence from men in their lifetime; — among women aged 15 to 44, acts of violence cause more death and disability than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined; — the cost of intimate partner violence in the U.S. exceeds $5.8 billion per year; — 102 countries have no specific legal provisions against domestic violence.

This Trust Fund is the only global multilateral grant-making mechanism exclusively devoted to supporting local, national and regional efforts of organizations to combat gender-based violence. Since it began operations in 1997, the Trust Fund has awarded more than US$19 million to 263 initiatives to address violence against women in 115 countries. UN Women administers the Trust Fund.”

April 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm Leave a comment

Have you seen our new “Be the Change” page? #hwhtw

Ready to help women and help the world?  HWHTW’s new “Be the Change” page is your one-stop shop for ways you can take action – right now – to “be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Have more ideas for empowering women worldwide?  Leave them in the comments!

Visit the “Be the Change” page: https://hwhtw.wordpress.com/be-the-change/

April 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm Leave a comment

Room to Read: “Promoting Literacy. Empowering Girls.” @RoomtoRead #hwhtw

Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.  Room to Read has distributed 10 million books and reached 6 million children so far.

If you’ll be in DC on May 3rd, you can support Room to Read in style at the DC Spring Gala and Dinner!  To learn more about the gala, register, or make a donation even if you can’t attend: http://www.roomtoread.org/document.doc?id=624

And to learn more about Room to Read: http://www.roomtoread.org

April 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

Be the Change (Purse) @oprah #hwhtw

As seen in Oprah:

Change Purse collects donated purses and sells them to support organizations that work directly with potential and rescued victims, as well as survivors, of sex trafficking.

Shop for a new purse, donate an old one, or host a Change Purse party:  http://www.changepurse.org/

April 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm 1 comment

HWHTW Gear is Here! #hwhtw

If you love to read HWHTW, you’ll love to wear it too!

Spread the word that Helping Women Helps the World with a t-shirt, water bottle or iPad case from the new HWHTW Shop: http://www.cafepress.com/HWHTW

A portion of the purchase price goes to help keep HWHTW up and running – thanks for your support!

April 8, 2012 at 7:32 pm Leave a comment

Got Something to Say About Women? @NCRWorg #hwhtw

Then apply to lead a session at the National Council for Research on Women’s annual conference, June 20-22 at Georgetown University!

“The National Council for Research on Women invites professionals and students working on key research, policy, and advocacy issues relating to women, domestically or globally, to submit proposals to participate in breakout and poster sessions during the Conference. We encourage proposals that focus on advancing women’s leadership and strengthening economic security for low-income women as well as global women’s issues, such as human rights agendas and preventing violence against women, including research studies, economic analyses, and case studies. We welcome sessions and topics that include a gender, class, and race lens. Proposals must be submitted via email by 5 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 to: contact@ncrw.org.”

For more information on submitting a proposal for a breakout session or a poster session: http://www.ncrw.org/sites/ncrw.org/files/NCRW%20CALL%20FOR%20PROPOSALS%20rev%206.pdf

For general info on the NCRW annual conference: http://www.ncrw.org/events/2012/06/20/ncrw-annual-conference-2012-strengthening-womens-economic-security-and-leadership

April 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

Be the Change: “Speak Up for Women Worldwide – Call Congress on March 20, 2012” @USNC_UNWomen @MaggieSchmitz #hwhtw #USNCCall

An urgent appeal from USNC-UN Women: call your representatives today to support U.S. funding for UN Women!

Speak Up for Women Worldwide – join USNC-UN Women on Tuesday, March 20th, in letting Congress know that more financial support is needed for UN Women!

Gender equality is not only a basic human right, but its achievement has enormous socio-economic ramifications. Empowering women fuels thriving economies, strengthens democracies, and increases the likelihood for sustainable peace.  As a symbol of the growing recognition of the role that women play in overall development, UN Women was created in 2010 to be the global champion for women and girls both. Its innovative and groundbreaking programs work from the bottom up and from the top down to ensure that not only do legal and constitutional frameworks spell out women’s rights but that these rights are realized and enforced.

UN Women is making an incredible difference with limited resources but the US can give more.  President Obama requested $7.5 million dollars for UN Women in the budget. While we all understand the tremendous requests for funding, UN Women is asking for a modest increase to $10 million dollars for FY 2013.  Every dollar given to UN Women is maximized locally in developing countries through education and violence prevention projects and economic empowerment programs.  Click here for instructions and a script for making a call to your elected representative.  In doing so, you will be joining the growing chorus of Americans who support women’s rights.

Investing in women is not only the smart thing to do but the right thing to do.  Thank you very much for your support.

Sincerely,

Maggie Forster Schmitz

President, U.S. National Committee for UN Women

March 20, 2012 at 9:28 am Leave a comment

Be the Change: Make a Loan on Kiva for FREE! @kiva #hwhtw #IWD12

In honor of International Women’s Day, you can make a micro-loan to a woman entrepreneur on Kiva for free.  What a great way to get started as a microfinancier!

From Kiva:

Consider the Facts

Women are a significant untapped resource for creating opportunity that can change lives. And yet millions struggle to access the resources they need and deserve to jumpstart change.

The results of that lost opportunity are profound:

  • Over 1 billion people live in extreme poverty – 75% are women and girls.
  • 76 million primary school-age children are not in school – 60% are girls.
  • There are 876 million illiterate adults in the developing world – over 65% are women.
  • Women produce half the world’s food, but own only 1% of the world’s farmland.

But when you invest in her future, the story changes dramatically:

  • Research shows that when a woman contributes to her family’s income, she reinvests the majority of of her earnings to build a better future for herself and her children.
  • Every additional year of education for a girl yields a 20% increase in her future earning potential.
  • A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five.

Often only a relatively small amount of money stands in the way of Kiva borrowers and their dreams. Whether it’s a Kenyan farmer who needs $500 in order to double her grain production, or a young Bolivian woman who lacks the $1,500 tuition for nursing school, Kiva lenders provide a hand up to these and countless other borrowers.

Join us and make a loan today: http://www.kiva.org/women?utm_source=jg&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=jg_Empower+Women+with+a+%2425+Free+Trial+Loan+%28271568409%29&utm_content=allisonasplin%40hotmail.com

March 8, 2012 at 9:42 am Leave a comment

Human Rights Watch is hiring a Women’s Rights Researcher! #hwhtw

Courtesy of AWID, a job posting for a Women’s Rights Researcher at Human Rights Watch!

Researcher, Women’s Rights Division

Closing date: March 4, 2012.

Description: Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a Researcher for its Women’s Rights Division (“WRD”) to develop the division’s capacity to respond to crises, as well as provide enhanced support in priority areas of work.  The position may be based in one of HRW’s offices in Africa, Europe or the US, preceded by a training period in HRW’s New York office.

For all the details, and to apply: http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Researcher-Women-s-Rights-Division

March 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

Be the Change: Help Tahirih Win $50K!

Today is the last day to vote in the DVF Awards, “created in 2010 by Diane von Furstenberg and The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation to recognize and support women who are using their resources, commitment and visibility to transform the lives of other women.”  Layli Miller-Muro of Tahirih Justice Center is one of the 4 candidates for this year’s People’s Voice Award, with a prize of $50,000.  Click here to vote!

Learn more: http://www.dvfawards.com/#

February 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm 1 comment

Be the Change: “12 Days of Giving to Support Women and Girls Globally” @StephenieFoster @CIPE @VitalVoices #hwhtw

Start 21012 off right: Stephenie Foster’s HuffPost article identifies 12 fabulous women-friendly charities worthy of support.  Some notable entries:

For the fourth day (“colly birds – or is it calling birds?’): The Women in Public Service Project was launched in early December at the U.S. Department of State by Sec. Clinton. Founded by a partnership between the Department of State and the Seven Sisters women’s colleges, it will create training, mentoring and networking opportunities for emerging women leaders from across the globe.

For the sixth day (“geese a laying’): the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) [hosts of this year’s Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference – see: https://hwhtw.wordpress.com/tag/democracy-that-delivers-for-women]

For the twelfth (“drummers drumming”): Vital Voices Global Partnership [an HWHTW favorite! – see: https://hwhtw.wordpress.com/tag/vital-voices/]

See the full list: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephenie-foster/12-days-of-giving-to-supp_b_1169488.html

January 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm 1 comment

Video: ‘Mother Robin’ delivers for poor women in Indonesia @everymomcounts @CTurlington #hwhtw

“Mother” Robin Lim, a powerhouse midwife and maternal/child health advocate, was named a “CNN Hero” for her prenatal and birthing care clinics in Indonesia.  You can help her raise funds to build a new clinic by supporting Every Mother Counts in the Firefox challenge!

‘Mother Robin’ delivers for poor women in Indonesia
By Ebonne Ruffins, CNN

Bali, Indonesia (CNN) — At dawn, two women rise after sleeping on mats outside an Indonesian hospital.

They’ve waited all night for a chance to see their newborn babies, whom the hospital is holding until the medical bills are paid in full.

“Holding babies until payment is common in Indonesia,” said Robin Lim, a midwife who founded birthing clinics in Aceh and the island of Bali.

At this particular hospital in Bali, mothers who don’t pay are allowed in twice a day to feed their baby and change their baby’s diaper. Those fortunate enough to find the money may take their babies home. Others might relinquish their parental rights and place their babies up for adoption, Lim explained.

“You worry, ‘Will I be able to deliver this baby safely into the world?’ But you shouldn’t have to worry, ‘How will I pay for it?’ ” said Lim, 54.

“Mother Robin,” or “Ibu Robin” as she is called by the locals, is working to change that with her Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation) health clinics. These birthing sanctuaries offer free prenatal care, birthing services and medical aid to anyone who needs it.

Read the CNN article: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/03/10/cnnheroes.lim.midwife/index.html

Donate to EMC in the Firefox Challenge: http://www.crowdrise.com/EMCChallenge

January 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm Leave a comment

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