Domestic Violence Awareness Month was first observed in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Today, organizations such as the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Futures Without Violence, Men Stopping Violence, Magdalene House of Charleston and Save the Children are working to end abuse against women and children. What groups are you supporting this month?
Today is International Literacy Day! Literacy and education are fundamental rights, and are essential for sustainable development. This is crucial if we want to reduce poverty, improve maternal and child health, and achieve gender equality. UNESCO has been working to improve global literacy since 1946. To learn more about Literacy Day and their efforts, visit http://bit.ly/1drWcyw.
Today marks the inaugural @unitednations World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Every year, millions of women, men and children are enslaved and trafficked for profit. On this day, July 30, we want to raise our voices for the voiceless and give hope to the survivors of human trafficking. #IGiveHope #quote
Today we honor a man who paved a path to equality and changed the destiny of the millions living under apartheid. His courage and integrity changed the world. And what better way to honor him than to continue his fight for equality? Take some time today to make a difference, no matter how small. Thank you, Nelson Mandela! #Time2Serve #MandelaDay #quote
This year Malala celebrates her 17th birthday by traveling to Nigeria to honor the missing girls, and to encourage the government to do more to get them back home. “We cannot sit on the sidelines and let this continue,” she says. “Each of us is responsible. We cannot rest until we have justice and freedom for every girl and every boy.”
Today is Malala Day, a chance to celebrate and advocate for girls’ education. Malala Fund is working to provide access to education for girls in Nigeria, Pakistan, Kenya and Jordan. Show your support by telling everybody what you are #StrongerThan, and learn more at http://www.malala.org/
On June 24, Hauwa Ibrahim testified before a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee about combating global violence and discrimination against women. Ibrahim is a Nigerian human rights lawyer who powerfully advocated for the necessity of directing more resources to preventing gender-based violence.
"Look men, we have a problem. Obviously we have a problem because some other men out there are doing horrible things to women. But we aren’t those men, so it’s not our problem. Our problem is that we think it’s not our problem." Kudos to Jeff Bridges, who understands that violence against women is every man's problem. Read his article via TIME. #NotAllMen #YesAllWomen
Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry released the State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons report, which measures and grades the efforts governments are making around the world to crack down on human trafficking. #Thailand and #Malaysia are among 23 countries to receive the lowest ranking, putting them on par with #Iran, #NorthKorea, #Russia, #SaudiArabia, #Syria and #Zimbabwe. Where does your country rank? #quote
Muhammad Yunus believes the right to credit should be recognized as a fundamental human right. He received the #Nobel Peace Prize for founding the Grameen Bank and for his work in alleviating poverty by providing microcredit and #microfinance to the poor. #quote
Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's new book, A Path Appears, will be released Sept. 23. Follow A Path Appears on Facebook (facebook.com/apathappears) and Twitter (@APathAppears) for updates and pre-order your copy today!
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: We Need to Stamp Out Misogyny in Sports
Kudos to basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for speaking up about the importance of stamping out misogyny in sports. Read more in Kareem's own words via TIME. #quote #inspiration #YesAllWomen #basketball
Bringing Women to the Table to Address Sexual Violence
Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland, writes a guest post for @Nicholas Kristof's blog discussing the sexual violence women and girls face during conflict, and the role women must play in peace negotiations in order for them to be successful. Robinson is speaking this week at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. Read more via @The New York Times. #TimeToAct #VAW #quote
Have a great dad? Know a great dad? Join Women and Girls Lead Global’s worldwide #dadvocate Twitter chat on Wednesday, June 11 at 11am EST/3pm GMT to discuss the vital role that fathers play in supporting girls to grow into empowered women. Learn more via Women and Girls Lead.
Jill Sheffield is founder and president of Women Deliver, which works to reduce maternal mortality and achieve universal access to reproductive health. Its motto is short but true: Invest in women -- it pays!
Women's History Month ended yesterday, but we'd like to start the first day of April by continuing to honor inspiring women. Today, that woman is Helen Keller. As a women's rights activist and an advocate for the disabled, she reminds us that no matter how large the obstacles we face, there is always something we can do to help others.