Now, more then ever, women in the United State are standing up for equality and equity in a way that was never addressed by the previous waves in feminist history. The prior waves of feminism in the United States have previously been criticized because the agenda only took into account the lives and experiences of white women. However, after the inauguration of President Donald Trump something happened nation wide, world wide even, that will go down in history where feminism became united, a movement of one.
March is National Women’s History month and March 8 is recognized as International Women’s Day. You’re probably wondering why I would choose to talk about National Women’s History month when I just told you that the Feminist movement in the United States has finally gained a new face? Let me tell you, for years the United Nations has been working to specifically reduce the effects of poverty worldwide. In 2000, the United Nations outlined the Millennium Development Goals that were to be achieved by 2015. Since then the United Nations expanded with the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals that are to be achieved by 2030 to END POVERTY, PERMANENTLY, EVERYWHERE.
In honor of National Women’s History month and International Women’s Day 2017, I thought that I would share with you that the truth is eradicating poverty everywhere starts with women.
In 2000, when the eight of Millennium Development Goals were established, the first six of the development goals are specifically focused on empowerment; financially, educationally and medically. Here they are:
- Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
- Achieve universal primary education
- Promote gender equality and empower women
- Reduce child mortality
- Improve maternal health
- Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
All of these goals are linked, and I will tell you how. If you empower a women by providing her an opportunity to work, by providing her an opportunity to go to school, by providing her the opportunity to choose when she wants to have kids and how many she wants to have, you eliminate poverty and hungry plain and simple. Children go to school and stay in school, women have opportunities to earn money that do not include selling their bodies, child mortality is reduced because women can plan their pregnancies and family sizes, and infectious diseases like HIV are reduced because women have the power to use family planning methods and the position to say no.
In case you’re wondering, ‘but what can I do’? I will tell you, it is simple. All it takes is one. Below I have provided a list of some credible organizations and you can decide if you would like to donate your time or your money. However, I encourage you to find groups within your community. You don’t have to go far to find a child in need.
Niyo Cultural Center; http://www.niyoculturalcentre.org/
Located in Kigali, Rwanda, the Executive Director Pacifique Niyonsenga supports approximately 140 school aged children’s living and school expenses through both visual and preforming arts projects. If you visit the webpage you will have a chance to read a little bit about Pacifique’s story and why his passion is to keep kids off the streets of Kigali.
An Honest Intention (AHI); http://www.honestintention.org/
Based in Kenya, An Honest Intention’s mission is to build capacity of learning institutions in slums and other marginalized areas by establishing viable commercial enterprises and running sustainable programs.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; http://www.gatesfoundation.org/
In the world of Public and Global Health the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a well-established foundation, which has 4 main areas of focus. On the international scale they support research efforts to eliminate communicable disease that overwhelming effect the lives of people living in developing communities.
The Girl Effect; http://www.girleffect.org/
The Girl Effects works with girls in several different communities around the world to create active champions within their world to help girls reach their full potential and break the cycle of poverty.*I have included a video from The Girl Effect because it is beautiful and I love it, hope you enjoy!
The Malala Fund; https://www.malala.org/
Founded by a rather inspiring young girl from Pakistan, the Malala Fund’s mission is to create a world where all girls can complete 12 years of safe, quality education.