Sunday, March 08, 2015

Four Ways to Observe International Women's Day

Read the 2015 Hunger Report
In addition to "springing forward," today is a very important day in the fight against global poverty. On this day (and on every March 8), the global community celebrates International Women's Day.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Make it Happen” (#Makeithappen), which supports greater awareness of women’s equality and encourages effective action for advancing and recognizing women.

The Bread for the World Institute's 2015 annual Hunger Report examines gender discrimination, which makes women more vulnerable to hunger. Empowering women globally will help end hunger.
Write to Chancellor Merkel  
The ONE Campaign offers an opportunity to take action on behalf of women through is campaign #povertyissexist.

Here's what ONE says:
"It's about time someone said it. Being born female in one of the world¹s poorest countries means your life will be harder, simply because of your gender. Unlocking the full potential of girls and women wouldn¹t just transform their own lives, or even their families' - it could help end extreme poverty for good.

In developing countries, thousands of girls and women are breaking down these barriers and achieving extraordinary things. But your voice can help turn personal victories into global ones.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is hosting a meeting of the world¹s most powerful leaders this June. She gets to decide what gets talked about and what gets acted on.

Beyoncé, Meryl Streep, Sheryl Sandberg, and dozens of other amazing women have already added their voices to The ONE Campaign's efforts. Now, you can stand with women and girls everywhere: Tell Chancellor Merkel it¹s time for real action that will lead to real change."

Click here to join ONE in sending this message to Chancellor Merkel
 Dear Chancellor Merkel
This year we can commit to ending extreme poverty - but we will only achieve this if we unlock the full potential of millions of girls and women. I'm counting on you to take real action that leads to real change - prioritizing the countries and people that need it the most.

Send a Free E-Card
Oxfam America invites you to commemorate International Women's Day by sending a free E-Card to friends and family, spreading the word on social media, or honoring a woman who is making a difference in your community. Whatever you choose to do, you’re sending a powerful message about the role of women as a force for change.

Click Here to Send Oxfam's E-Card

Share Your Photos of  Courage
If you could capture courage in a photograph, what would it look like? Perhaps it’s someone standing up for what they believe in despite the opposition. Or someone overcoming their biggest fear to become a stronger person. CARE invites you to Tweet your photo to @CARE with the hashtag #IAmCourage. CARE staff will pick  out their favorites and display them on the organization's Web site! Need inspiration? Check out CARE’s photos of courage.  You can also Tweet a Photo

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