Ah, to be a woman. We represent
70 percent of the world's poor, perform 66 percent of the
world's work and produce 50 percent of the world's food,
but only earn 10 percent of the income and own 1 percent of
the property. Only 3.6% of overseas development assistance was
earmarked for gender equality (UNIFEM). For every dollar of
development assistance, only two cents goes to girls (Girl Effect).
About 70% of casualties in recent conflicts are women and children
(UNIFEM) and the forms of violence they experience include torture,
rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution and mutilation
You're too old now to make her the
usual macaroni necklace and hand drawn card, so this year, why not
sponsor a woman in need in her name?
"Women to Women International is Women for Women International
(WWI) provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other
conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and
poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable
civil societies. Your monthly contribution will provide a woman in
a developing country with rights awareness education and job skills
training so she can continue to support her family in the future.
She will also receive a portion of your contribution in direct aid
so she can provide her family with basic necessities. You'll not
only know her name, you can exchange letters. In fact, your letters
are a powerful tool for helping women in these desperate regions of
the world know that there is someone out there who knows of her
existence, who actually cared enough to sponsor her and write to
her. Many women in our programs have never received a letter
addressed to them, so you can't imagine the impact it has on her
For more information on sponsoring via Women to Women
Amy Bizzarri is a mom of two living in Logan Square. She also blogs at tiramisumom.com.
See more of Amy's stories here.
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