Celebrating how individuals can be part of workable solutions, Women Hold Up Half the Sky emphasizes that change is possible… and it can happen quickly. Browse through the suggestions below and find out how you can GIVE, ADVOCATE, CONNECT, and LEARN as a way of taking action on behalf of women and girls around the world.
DONATE ART SUPPLIES TO SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE
Donated supplies will be used for projects created by survivors at A Window Between Worlds, a local Venice, CA–based organization that uses art as a healing tool for abused women and their children. Creative projects provide renewed self-confidence, hope for a positive future, and the support to break free from domestic violence.
ASSEMBLE A CAREpackage
Your CAREpackage can help train a health worker, send a girl to school, or provide a woman with a gardening kit to increase her income. Working closely with poverty-stricken women, CARE implements programs to make education available to all, increase families' income, limit the spread of disease, make clean water accessible, and improve community health care.
SPONSOR AND SUPPORT A WOMAN IN A WAR-TORN COUNTRY
Your Women for Women International sponsorship will help a woman through overwhelmingly difﬁcult times and build a new life for herself and her family. Women for Women International enrolls women living in countries devastated by war in a one-year program through which they receive financial and emotional support while learning the skills to earn an income and become leaders.
DONATE HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, TOILETRIES, AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES
TO HELP SUPPORT SURVIVORS OF TRAFFICKING
These materials will support efforts at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, which provides legal services, support, and advocacy for Los Angeles–based survivors of slavery and trafficking. Be sure to click on the wish list link to find out which supplies are needed
PROVIDE WOMEN REFUGEES FROM SUDAN WITH SOLAR COOKERS
When collecting firewood for cooking, women are susceptible to becoming victims of heinous crimes. The Solar Cooker Project of Jewish World Watch provides women in refugee camps an alternative cooking method and helps reduce the frequency of crimes against women. Jewish World Watch is a coalition of synagogues, churches, schools, and communities dedicated to fighting genocide and crimes against humanity through education, advocacy, and fundraising.
DONATE YOUR OLD CELL PHONE OR SMART PHONE
Donating these through Every Mother Counts helps health workers save lives in developing countries. Print a free shipping label to send up to ten phones. Every Mother Counts supports maternal health campaigns and works to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide through advocacy.
SUPPORT THE EDUCATION OF GIRLS IN NEPAL
Your gift to the Little Sisters Fund can cover the costs of tuition, books, supplies, and uniforms, and will make a meaningful difference in the lives of the Little Sisters of Nepal. The Little Sisters Fund fosters a sustainable educational environment for Nepalese girls by addressing the root causes of low female literacy in Nepal and provides safety, opportunity, and hope through the gift of an education. Be sure to click on "How to Help."
SPONSOR A GIRL AND HELP HER ATTEND SCHOOL FOR ONE YEAR
A $120 donation through the "Girls Be Ambitious" program of American Assistance for Cambodia makes this possible. Organizing programs in education, health, rural development, and technology, American Assistance for Cambodia is dedicated to improving the lives of the poor in Cambodia.
DONATE FOOD, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, CLOTHING, TOILETRIES,
AND CRAFT SUPPLIES FOR HOMELESS AND LOW-INCOME WOMEN
These materials will support efforts at the Downtown Women's Center, which offers an encouraging atmosphere for homeless and low-income women in Los Angeles. Its services include meals, supportive housing apartments, and various health, education, and support programs.
SUPPORT WOMEN IN BECOMING FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT
A donation through Global Giving can help women become poultry farmers, create learning centers for women in Afghanistan, and provide microloans to women in East Africa, among hundreds of other giving options. Through its fundraising website, Global Giving gives grassroots organizations and entrepreneurs throughout the world the chance to raise money needed to improve their communities and lives.
ASK CONGRESS TO SUPPORT EDUCATION FOR ALL
When girls are educated, they can change the world. Send a message to your representative asking for support of the Education for All Act of 2011. Education for All is a smart investment in the lives of girls, their families, and their communities.
FOLLOW WHITE RIBBON ALLIANCE'S ACTION OF THE
MONTH IN SUPPORT OF MATERNAL HEALTH
Each month a new action concerning women, their health, and the health of their children is recommended by The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, dedicated to raising awareness and advocating for the need to make childbirth safe for all women and their newborns.
TRAVEL TO MEET WOMEN ACTIVISTS IN LIBERIA
Go on a study tour to Liberia to meet women activists leading the call for social change in the first African nation to elect a female president. The study tour is presented by American Jewish World Service (AJWS), dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger, and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion, or nationality.
FOLLOW TOSTAN ONLINE TO LEARN ABOUT THE
EMPOWERMENT OF AFRICAN COMMUNITIES
Tostan empowers rural African communities by providing educational programs that promote sustainable social change and increase community engagement in health and hygiene, child welfare, human rights and democracy, the environment, and economic development.
DISCOVER THE INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN
Tap into the International Museum of Women (IMOW), an innovative online museum that showcases art, stories, and actionable ideas to celebrate, inspire, and advance the lives of women around the world. IMOW's online community includes thousands of global citizens, artists, and thought leaders exploring the issues that are important to women today.
BECOME A MEMBER OF THE CARE ACTION NETWORK
The CARE Action Network is a group of CARE supporters who use their voices to shape United States policies that affect global poverty. Working closely with poverty-stricken women, CARE implements programs and initiatives to make education available to all, increase families' income, limit the spread of disease, make clean water accessible, and improve community health care.
PARTICIPATE IN JEWISH WORLD WATCH'S WALK TO
END GENOCIDE ON APRIL 29, 2012, IN LOS ANGELES
This initiative helps raise awareness and builds a strong community committed to ending the genocide in Darfur, building a stable Sudan, and resolving the conflict in Congo. Jewish World Watch is a coalition of synagogues, churches, schools, and communities dedicated to fighting genocide and crimes against humanity through education, advocacy, and fundraising.
WRITE A MESSAGE TO THE WOMEN OF SOUTH SUDAN
Though Women for Women International, write a message of support and encouragement to the women of South Sudan as they work to build a new nation. Women for Women International enrolls women living in countries devastated by war in a one-year program through which they receive financial and emotional support while learning the skills to earn an income and become leaders.
LEARN THE FACTS ABOUT TRAFFICKING
LEARN THE FACTS ABOUT FISTULA AND MATERNAL HEALTH
LEARN THE FACTS ABOUT GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE