Be the change…

Since my recent trip to India I feel very connected to the country and after hearing about the most recent tragedy –  my heart is heavy.  If you don’t know what happened, you can find an article here.  I am reminded that although India is taking steps towards economic growth, progression, equality and human rights – women still face continued violence.  As American women we cannot take for granted our freedoms and although not a perfect system here, we are beyond fortunate to be where we are.  At the same time, let’s ensure we stay educated on world issues and do what we can to keep pushing the needle forward in whatever way we can.  One organization that I donate to is called Somaly Mam.  “The Somaly Mam Foundation (SMF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the eradication of sex slavery and the empowerment of its survivors, led by the vision and life’s work of Cambodian survivor Somaly Mam. Founded in 2007, the organization’s multilateral approach helps victims to escape their plight, empowers survivors as next-generation activists, and engages governments, corporations, and individuals in the fight.”  I learned about this cause in “Half the Sky” by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.  This book enlightened me on the oppression of women worldwide and how they are able to turn tragedy into opportunity.  It provides tons of information on varying organizations that could all use some of our support.  Even from way across the pond in America, we can make a difference.  As a small contribution to ensure that what happened in India ceases everywhere, let’s ALL get involved where we can.  ~ Namaste

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