Month: March 2013

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Let’s get that crowd going & change the world for women and girls!

Girls’ Globe is currently running an online crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the bloggers to attend Women Deliver 2013, the largest conference of the decade focusing on the health and well-being of women and girls. We want you, our readers and supporters to help us get there! At the conference we will be reporting the highlights through our blog, social media, Google+ hangouts and written reports. And after the conference, when we’re packed with new information, experiences and a wider network, we will keep pushing (stronger than ever!!) for girls’ and women’s issues to become human issues, a priority for all, so that we together can change the world! As we have 4 days left of our campaign, we want to thank our dear supporters so far! Thanks for taking a stand and showing your support to women and girls around the world. We have a dream to really make a difference and with your support that dream can come true. Thank you Anna, Aron & Andreas! Thank you Gustav Fridolin, Swedish Parliamentarian and …

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The 1000 Days That Really Matter

In September 2010, Hillary Clinton delivered a speech called “1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future” to address child undernutrition at the United Nations General Assembly Week. One of the most compelling themes in her speech was the pressing need of recognizing nutrition as an invaluable facet of life that starts from the moment of pregnancy. Beginning with pregnancy and through a child’s 2nd birthday, this time period – a child’s first 1,000 days – is critical to the development of children. Credits to the 1,000 Days Campaign (thousanddays.org). “Interventions after that second birthday make a difference, but often cannot undo the damage that was done because of the undernutrition during the first 1,000 days. So we can be very targeted with our investments to save and improve the greatest number of lives.” -Hillary Clinton While some solutions can mitigate the surface issues of a problem, undernutrition is a deeply rooted complex problem that requires solutions allowing time, diligence, access, and resources for an individual to fruitfully gain good health. Without adequate nutrition during …

Women LEAD

The Leadership Gap: one of the most enduring forms of inequality in the 21st century.

Written by Claire Charamnac, co-founder of Women LEAD. The lack of female leaders is one of the most enduring forms of inequality in the 21st century: fewer than 20% of all decision-making national positions are held by women (World Economic Forum).  Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, said in an interview that “the biggest challenges [for women] everywhere are political participation and economic empowerment — and ending violence against women.” Entrenched problems such as gender discrimination can only be overcome by investing in a new generation of female leaders working alongside men to create sustainable change. Across the world, and in Nepal, adolescent girls are an under-served population (UNICEF). While “education for women is the most profound intervention in development” (Dr Osotimehin, UNFPA), it needs to be paired with economic and political empowerment. Less than 2¢ of every development dollar goes to girls and 9 of 10 youth programs are aimed at boys (TIME). It’s time for donors, big and small, to recognize that investing in the leadership of young women should be one …

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Forever Free: Remembering those Enslaved

Today, March 25th, marks the United Nations declared International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.  This year’s theme is “Forever Free: Celebrating Emancipation.”  It is estimated that 25-30 million men, women and children were sold and traded between the 16th and 19th centuries. It is today that we  remember this dark time in history. However, it is also today that we remember survivors of this era and celebrate a declaration of freedom! Slave trade routes spanned between Europe, Africa, South America and North America. There were many valiant girls and women who contributed to the emancipation and freeing of slaves. One of the most well known in the United States is Harriet Tubman. Harriet risked her life freeing slaves and rescued many who were enslaved. Let’s honor her memory and remember the millions of girls and women who fought against slavery and suffered through this tragic time in history. Today, let’s also remember that… MODERN DAY SLAVERY STILL EXISTS. This was a global issue and it still is a global issue.  Here are top ten facts about …

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Play Get Water! for World Water Day!

Have you ever wondered about the difficulties women and girls face while gathering clean water? By playing Decode Global’s new game Get Water!, you won’t have to wonder anymore.  With a mission to raise awareness about the global water crisis, Decode Global recently launched an interactive mobile game app for iPad and iPhone that successfully advocates for change. Nominated as a finalist in the 2012 United Nations Alliance of Civilizations mobile game competition, Get Water! encourages dialogue regarding the global water crisis, especially towards its effect on girls’ access to education. The object of the game is to help Maya, a young Indian girl, retrieve clean water so that she can return to school. In order to fully understand my love for this game, you must know that I very rarely play video games. In fact, the only games on my iPad prior to downloading Get Water! were Ruzzle, Temple Run, Solitaire, and Mancala – of which I only played on long car or plane rides. However, I must admit that I love Decode Global’s …

Jasmine's feminism

THE F-WORD

I never put on a pair of heels when I was growing up. I just never did. I hated that whole if-the-shoe-fits kind of thing. Why should I have to keep that “fit” if I could just put on a pair of sneakers? So I put on my sneakers and just felt like myself in them. They offered comfort and stability. It didn’t take much time for my girlfriends to check out those rad pair of sneakers I was sporting and giggle, “Oh, did you just get back from a run?” It didn’t take me much time to realize that it wasn’t just the clanking of heels that annoyed me. It wasn’t just a sneaker versus heels deal anymore. In high school, I publicly proclaimed I was a feminist. That was it. I had an inbox flooded with messages asking me what the f**k was wrong. Was I serious? Did I really want to be shunned by all the boys? Was I really turning into an I-hate-boys-recluse? I wasn’t. And I had nothing to say to …

Georgette Minoungou

A Guide to Women’s Economic Empowerment

“Empowerment of women and gender equality are prerequisites for achieving political, social, economic, cultural, and environmental security among all peoples.” -Beijing Platform for Action, Fourth United Nations World Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995) In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, CESO, a Canadian nonprofit organization, published a report on the role of women in economic development. You can access it at: Women’s Economic Empowerment: A CESO Perspective Women play a signifiant role in the world’s economy. The income of a woman contributes to the household income and a woman is more likely than a man to invest her resources into the welfare of her family. However, women face many barriers. Challenges are faced upon entering the workforce, and then once they enter the workforce, they face additional challenges of lesser pay, harassment, and more. The solutions are just as challenging as the issue itself but one word tells it all. Opportunity. “Through better jobs, more options to start and manage viable business, greater access to land, education, and skills development, and more opportunities to participate in …

Shadeism

Shadeism

Shadeism, also known as coloursim refers to: “…the discrimination based on skin tone, which exists amongst members of the same community, creating a ranking of a person’s individual worth based on shade. Shadeism is common in communities of colour across the world, and it is also an issue that people of colour experience whilst living as part of diasporic communities outside their native lands.” – Shadeism Shadeism, a short independent film, is the work of a collective of women living and creating art in Toronto, Canada.  I first saw the film two years ago after it was sent to me by a friend following our own discussion of colourism, it’s roots and the harm it does within our own community.  While both men and women are affected by the discrimination inflicted by shadeism; women and girls – all the more objectified and subjected to the pressures of impossible beauty standards – are particularly susceptible. If you live in an area with communities of colour, the skin care section at the drugstore or beauty supply store …

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BEHIND THE CURTAIN: ON UNREPORTED RAPES IN INDIA

(AP / Altaf Qadri)   While we came out on the streets to protest the rape of a 23-year-old woman named Nirbhaya who was gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi, India, a 15-year-old Dalit, or former “untouchable”  girl was being held captive in Dharauli village in Sultanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, and was repeatedly raped by a group of upper-class perpetrators. While thousands of people gathered on the streets to revolt against those who raped and killed Nirbhaya, this little Dalit girl had no one to even report her case, let alone light a candle to support her. And she isn’t alone. A 16-year-old in Sonepat, Haryana tried to take her life by setting herself on fire after being raped by her uncle. An 8-year-old girl was found floating in a lake in Bihar after being raped and killed. The NCRB (National Crime Record Bureau) of India records a 112 percent rise in the number of reported rapes between 1990 and 2008 in India. In 2011, 24,206 rape cases were reported. That’s 66 rapes …

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Happy International Women’s Day! Support Girls’ Globe to attend Women Deliver 2013

Our bloggers need your support to attend Women Deliver in May 2013! Girls’ Globe has the mission to raise awareness and educate others about global issues concerning the rights, health, and empowerment of women and girls. After one year, Girls’ Globe has grown into a network of 12 bloggers from around the world, with over 2500 followers, and featured organizations joining our network. We want to continue to raise awareness, share stories and inspire for change. Our plan is to host our first Girls’ Globe Bloggers Meetup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the Women Deliver Conference in May 2013. This will enable us to reach out to new partners, connect with interested bloggers, and learn more about the global issues concerning women and girls today. We work together from different parts of the world, with daily contact, but have never met. This is an opportunity for us to meet face to face for the first time! This is also an incredible opportunity to connect with other professionals and share information and ideas to further the progress of women and girls. The …