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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

Be the Change: The Firefox Challenge @everymomcounts @CTurlington #hwhtw

Mozilla has partnered with some civic-minded celebrities to raise money for charity this holiday season!  In the Firefox Challenge, Mozilla started off with a $5,000 donation to each celebrity charity, and will give $25,000 more to the charity that raises the most funds by January 11.

One of the celebrities in the Challenge is supermodel and maternal health activist (and HWHTW heroine) Christy Turlington Burns.  Her nonprofit, Every Mother Counts, is currently raising funds to build a much-needed new maternal health clinic in Indonesia.  Click here to make a donation – and if you give at least $16, you’ll be entered to win an Every Mother Counts t-shirt autographed by Christy herself!

Learn more or donate: http://www.crowdrise.com/EMCChallenge

December 21, 2011 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

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