So, why should we invest in women and girls?
- Two-thirds of the children denied primary education are girls.
- Women and girls make up ninety-eight percent of trafficking victims.
- Each year, about 300,000 women suffer a preventable death during pregnancy and childbirth.
- An estimated sixty percent of women have been physically or sexually abused.
- Women produce half of the world’s food, but own less than one percent of the world’s property.
But you can do something about this:
- You should ask Secretary of State John Kerry to make ending violence against women an international priority via Care.org.
- You should ignite the Girl Effect via Care.org.
- You can make a difference in ending gender violence, increasing girls education, ending child marriage. improving women’s access to healthcare, and increasing girl empowerment via The Women and Girl’s Fund.
- You can tell your Senator to support CEDAW via Ms. Magazine.
- You can reduce the backlog of rape kits in the US via Ms. Magazine.
- You can take action to Orange your day via UN Women.
- You can take action against gendercide via the movie “It’s a Girl’s” website.
There are other ways you can obviously invest in women & girls. These are just a few suggestions.
Infographic Source: Girls20
Did you know the United States is the only developed nation without paid maternity leave?
I wondered if this horrifying statistic could actually be true, but in fact it is. According to The Family Medical Leave Act, employers with 50 or more workers are required by law to allow parents 12 weeks of job-protected leave annually to care for a newborn. However, this does not mean the leave is paid, and most often is not.
Only three states currently, California, New Jersey and Rhode Island, offer some type of paid family leave, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12 percent of private industry workers have some type of access to paid family leave.
That’s not a lot.
Let’s work with the United Stated Department of Labor and #LeadOnLeave. You can share your story about how paid leave would help you or your family on their website here.
Emma Watson, British actress and U.N. Goodwill Ambassador, gave animpassioned speech last Saturday, for the HeforShe Campaign, a U.N. gender equality initiative aimed at getting men involved in stopping violence against women.
"How can we affect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation?" Watson said. "Men — I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too."
All over the world, men and women are taking a stand for gender equality. You can take action on the issue of gender equality here.
Share this with the men in your life. #HeforShe
Join me in honoring the victims of 9/11. Take a day to remember the day that changed us forever. #Honor911 http://thndr.it/1vdUqsc
Remember this? If you’re still standing with Texas women, reblog this post with your name, city/state and/or country to show solidarity.
Almost a year has come and gone since Senator Wendy Davis stood in the Senate chamber in her pink tennis shoes to bravely filibuster a bill that would greatly affect women’s reproductive rights and healthcare access in Texas.
On June 25, the same mob that gathered in Austin will mark the anniversary of that night with two events; one hosted by the Davis Campaign and another by a group of activists and organizers who spent their summer of 2013 at the Texas Capitol.
Candice Russell, a freelance writer, posed this question in her Huffington Post article about the upcoming anniversary: "Are y’all still standing beside us?”
And by “y’all” she means all of us. Those of us not in Texas who were riled up the night of June 25, and the weeks following, to fight for Texas women’s reproductive rights, but have since ‘moved on’ with our lives. In this last year, multiple clinics have closed, and admitting privileges have been revoked in Texas.
So, my response to Russell’s question, is “Yes.” I am still standing with Texas women. And to prove it, I am writing this Tumblr post in response to it.
I’m calling for all of you who are still standing with Texas women to REBLOG this post with your name, city and state, and/or country, to show that women and men all over the world do in fact stand with Texas women. We want them to know they have not been forgotten.
My name is Casey Bruce, Stone Mountain, GA and I stand with Texas women!
The number of sex offenses reported at American colleges and universities went up in the last decade even though overall crime has decreased, according to a recent survey by the Department of Education released on Tuesday.
The report said 3,330 forcible sex offenses were reported on campuses in 2011; an increase from the 2,200 reported only a decade earlier.
From the Associated Press:
"Of students ages 12-18, 52 per 1,000 reported being victims of a crime at school in 2012, compared with 181 per 1,000 in 1992, according to the report. Away from school that rate fell from 173 per 1,000 to 38."
The report is a joint publication of the National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
For more information on the report, click here.
President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, Michelle Bachelet of Chile, and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina of today and their male counterparts, serving as dictators of the countries, from the 70s.
The Gini Index measures measures the degree of inequality in the distribution of family income in a country. The more nearly equal a country’s income distribution, the lower its Gini index. The more unequal a country’s income distribution, the higher its Gini index Latin America and the Caribbean are the least egalitarian region ans have the highest net income in the world at 48.3 (out of a high of 100), a ratio even higher than sub-Saharan Africa (44.2) and Asia (40.4), according to the Huffington Post.
Lorena Aguilar, from the Huffington Post, also writes other starting facts about Latin American gender inequality, including:
- For example, in some indigenous communities in Guatemala, girls are not registered when they are born while the cows and other animals are. This means they will never be citizens with the right to vote, to be elected or have access to services such as credit.
- In most Latin American countries women don’t represent even one-quarter of the landowners.
Other startling facts include:
- Women earn between 60 percent and 90 percent of men’s average income, according to the Huffington Post.
- Labour participation of women in Latin American has increased from 49.2 per cent in 2000 to 52.9 per cent in 2010, but it is still well below that of men, which is 79.6 per cent, according to the International Labour Organization.
- Women – especially poor women – have less say over decisions and less control over resources in their households than men. Forty percent of women in the region do not participate in decisions concerning major household expenses.
This photo is a breath of fresh air, and I’m excited to see what these women will do and continue to do as President’s of their countries!
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), 939 known hate groups operating across the country, a 60% increase since 2000. These groups include neo-Nazis, Klansmen, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, black separatists, border vigilantes and others.
Recent headlines from the Hatewatch blog, a blog managed by SPLC staff and the Intelligence Project, from today list some disturbing hate-speech and crime news, including:
- Right Wing Watch: FRC’s Tony Perkins warns that gay rights advocates will soon ‘start rolling out the boxcars’ in a Christian Holocaust.
Crooks and Liars: Baptist Leader Richard Land: Gay Rights For Christians Is Like Blacks Forced To Serve The KKK.
Talking Points Memo: Texas Republican Party endorses ‘reparative therapy’ for LGBT people.
These are just a few of the headlines from the June 9 blog roll.
You can stand strong against hate and become more informed about hate groups formed in your state by signing the "Stand Strong Against Hate" map, operated by SPLC.
The green areas on the map above represent Americans who have pledged to stand strong against hate with the SPLC. The red dots represent documented hate groups.
According to its website:
More than 100 radical-right plots, conspiracies and racist rampages have occurred since 1995– the year Timothy McVeigh bombed a federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, including 19 children in a day-care center.
You can also report hate on the site as well. Join thousands of others and click here to add your name and stand strong against hate.