We are nine glorious days into the month of October, the month of pink everything. Mostly because here in the US we go hard at educating people about breast cancer during October including the three day Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But, did you know that October is also the month that hosts International day of the Girl? And it’s also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It’s also the month in which we raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and host the annual HIV/AIDS walk. Now I know that breast cancer, domestic violence, and HIV/AIDS also happens to men, but let’s face it- women and girls are still the most impacted by breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, and domestic violence. This week I just want to remind you all that we can’t LIVE without women and girls. They are powerful forces that are changing and shaping the world, birthing our world’s future, literally. We’ve got to do better by them, for them, and most importantly with them. This week I am highlighting a few organizations and blogs that are definitely about Girl Power!
VDay promotes the education and awareness of violence against women and girls globally through the use of the arts, namely film and performance art for the eradication of violence against women and girls. Founded by playwright Eve Ensler over 20 years ago it’s been a global movement changing the way women and girls are treated and highlighting the continued work that needs to be done for the betterment of women and girls. VDay spared my own passion for empowering women and girls and I am so glad to have been a part of VDay whether it has been attending performances since 2005, performing in performances (5 shows and counting), or being a part of the organizing team for VDay campaigns since 2007.
Girl Up is an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation. They give American girls the opportunity to become global leaders and channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for United Nations programs that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. They have been running the 11 Days of Action campaign, an active education and fund raising campaign that is a countdown to the International Day of The Girl this Friday, October 11th. It’s not too lte to join the campaign and take action to support Girl power. Just click here.
The Every Girl
Is one of my favorite blogs dedicated to inspiring women to achieve their dreams, whatever they are. The site has a collection of inspirational stories from real women living their dreams, opportunities for readers to do likewise, space to talk politics, parenting, partners, and change. The site has created an amazing community were the voice of every girl who wants to be heard can be heard. And…if you’re trying to find your voice, The Every Girl is really helpful with that too. Someday I imagine going to he site and Whitney Houston’s I’m Every Woman playing because well…it’s a site that reflects all of us women and girls. I promise, take a look here, relax and read the archives, and you’ll find bits and pieces of you you in The Every Girl.
Black Girls Rock
Black Girls Rock is a nonprofit dedicated to the empowerment of girls aged 12 to 17 years old through mentoring, enrichment programs and opportunities that place special emphasis on personal development through the arts for young women of color, as well as to encourage dialogue and analysis of the ways women of color are portrayed in the media. Black Girls Rock provides opportunities for women of color to pour into the lives of girls of color and reminding them of their worth. LOVE it!!!
What girl/women centered work do you think is so amazing that you can’t LIVE without it?
Let me know in the comments below!