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Valentine’s Day – What do women really want?

14 Feb

ImageHappy Valentine’s Day! Men are spending today scrambling to pick up chocolates, flowers, jewelry and other treats for the most important women in their lives (and to be fair… plenty of women are reciprocating the gift giving). These trinkets are greatly appreciated and enjoyed (so don’t assume that any of the suggestions below get you out of buying flowers!), but women throughout the world want and need so much more. So what do women really want?

Peace. Security. Rights. Opportunity.

There are plenty of things that you can do to make a difference in the lives of women and girls around the world today. Below are just a few options that I managed to pull off of Twitter and Facebook during my lunch hour!:

DONATE: 

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund). The UN Trust Fund is a global multilateral grant-making mechanism that supports local and national efforts to end violence against women and girls. Donate online or if you are in the United States text UNITE to 27722 from your cell phone to give $10.

Women Thrive Worldwide. Women Thrive Worldwide advocates for U.S. policies that give women in the developing world the tools they need to lift their families and communities out of poverty. Donate Here. Unable to make a monetary donatation? Donate your status or twitter to help spread the word about Women Thrive, check out some sample statuses on their site.
Women for Women International. Women for Women International 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.Make a donation and send an E-Valentine to a special person in your life.
JOIN: 
V-Day and ONE BILLION RISING. One in three women worldwide who are raped or beaten in their lifetimes; That’s a billion women. In honor of these women, VDAY is inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. Pledge to join them online. While online check out VDAY’s list of performances of the Vagina Monologues to see if there is one near you!
ADVOCATE: 
 
Ask your Senator to Co-Sponsor the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 1925). Violence against women isn’t just a problem in far off distant lands, it’s a very real issue in the United States. The Senate is in the process of reauthorizing VAWA and 45 Senators as of today are listed as co-sponsors but the more co-sponsors the better! Contact your Senator’s office directly or use the National Organization for Women’s online tool to do so and ask them to Co-Sponsor VAWA.
Wishing everyone a very happy and loving Valentine’s Day! And just for fun…. Check out some fantastic Washington DC themed Valentines


Happy 1st Anniversary UN Women!

2 Feb

Today, UN Women celebrates its first anniversary. This organization, brought together several separate, but related entities within the UN system, including the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI). Together, these organizations have been able to combine their expertise and resources to create an efficient and impactful organization. UN Women now focuses on 6 specific areas: Violence against Women; Peace and Security; Leadership and Participation; Economic Empowerment; National Planning and Budgeting; Human Rights; Millennium Development Goals.

In honor of the anniversary, UN Women Executive Director, Michelle Bachelet (who formerly was the first female President of Chile from 2006 – 2010), highlighted the organization’s achievements in its first year of operation and laid out an ambitious agenda for 2012.

Included in the organization’s many 2011 successes:

Bachelet acknowledged the difficult economic and contentious political situations facing states throughout the world, but called for a continued and stronger commitment to gender equality through women’s economic empowerment and political participation in 2012. “During this time of austerity and uncertainty, we cannot let budget cuts and political change cut progress for girls and women. Our challenge is not only to protect hard-won gains, but to advance the rights of women.”

Thank you UN Women for all your work!

To read Michelle Bachelet’s full remarks or to see the video of the press conference, visit www.UNWomen.org.