BENEFITING: Global Fund for Women, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Oct 12, 2014
On October 12, I'm hitting the pavement in Staten Island, New York. Help me raise $100 for each of my 13.1 miles for a cause near and dear to me: Global Fund for Women.
WHY NOW? October 7th marks one-year as a member of Global Fund for Women's team, and what better way to celebrate being a Globie?
WHY GLOBAL FUND? Because GFW understands women and girls to be fierce leaders, not victims. Because GFW raises awareness around critical issues that the global or Western media often ignores. Because GFW amplifies the voices of women and girls so that their stories are heard loud and clear to advocate for human rights. Because funds for women and girls globally are dwindling and we need to invest in women. Because it has a 25-year track record of some of the most incredible movement building globally for zero violence, sexual and reproductive health and rights, economic and political empowerment and participation, crisis response, and more.
WHY SHOULD YOU GIVE? Each and every penny you donate will get into the hands of women and girls who are driving change in their communities. GFW's tools for change - grantmaking, amplifying voices, and awareness raising - work. GFW mobilizes resources to some of the most marginalized communities so that women-led, women-focused organizations can get the funds they need to drive meaningful, sustainable change.
WHY DOES THIS MEAN SO MUCH TO ME? I'm inspired and empowered by stories of the ways in which women and girls are driving change in their communities, regions, and the world. The stories of girls who escaped child marriage to start an organization focused on empowering and educating girls and communities in order to end the practice in their town in India. The stories of GFW's long-time grantee partner in Lebanon who drafted Lebanon's first-ever domestic violence bill in 2007 and fought to get it passed on April 1st by parliament after pending for seven years. The stories of women and girls in Burma, where rape has been used as a weapon of war for more than 50 years, who have worked tirelessly to document war rape, help survivors, and advocate for a new Constitution and new protections for women rather than perpetrators.
I could go on and on with stories of how women and girls are driving change globally. In the chaotic world we live in, I'm constantly encouraged by the fearless female change makers around the world.
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE? It's 2014 and we're still confused about what "feminism" means. It means whatever you want it to mean; to me, it means believing that women and men should have equal rights globally. Even in the US, we're still fighting for fundamental human rights like the right to make decisions about our own bodies. We're finally starting to change the way sexual assault on college campuses is handled. Girls' and women's rights are a local and global issue.
Join me in standing with - well, running with - women and girls globally!