Even though I've had to cut back on a lot of my donations this year, I've continued to sponsor a woman survivor of war each month through Women for Women International. I also celebrated my 40th birthday by setting up a Birthday Wish using the Causes application on Facebook, and raised $580 for Women for Women International with my Facebook pals.
Why am I so focused on this organization? Because in my heart of hearts I know that empowering and educating all women and girls is one of the most important things we can do to make the world a better place. Watch The Girl Effect video to see why (it's only 2 minutes 23 seconds long).
Hopefully, this Sunday's New York Times Magazine, which is focused on women in the developing world, will convince more people to support organizations and policies that empower and educate all women and girls.
The issue includes an interview with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, an interview with the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a piece about Women and Philanthropy by Lisa Belkin, and an excerpt from Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. (You can enter a contest to win a copy of Half the Sky on Kristof's blog, On the Ground).
After reading the Magazine you might wonder, how can I help? There are a lot of organizations out there working to educate and empower women that you can support. For example, according to Joanne Fritz's post, Women Helping Women Through Philanthropy:
"The Women's Funding Network, encompassing more than 145 women's organizations, has joined with an effort by women of wealth, Women Moving Millions, to increase their collective funds by one billion dollars by 2018. The goal? To change the planet by helping women and children."
Some of my favorite organizations that serve women are Women for Women International (read the interview I did with Founder, Zainab Salbi), Global Fund for Women (read the interview I did with President and CEO Kavita Ramdas), and Dining for Women (read the interview I did with Founder Marsha Wallace). I also make loans to women entrepreneurs using Kiva.org.
What are your favorite organizations that serve women? I'd love it if you shared them in the comments along with what you think of the Magazine's articles.
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