I shared with you a few posts ago how I was wanting to add value of the non monetary kind to what I do. I am truly passionate about helping women make positive change in their lives and wanted to, in some small way, to make myself part of a larger movement, to offer what I could. The project I talked about with women in prisons is looking hopeful and in addition I believe I have found the perfect charity to support. I’d like to tell you about them.
WOMANKIND Worldwide believes women in developing countries are a powerful force for change and works with women’s organisations across the world as well as in the U.K.
Why did I choose Womenkind? Well, I love their philosophy. They are not about doing things for women but about boosting women’s confidence to do things for themselves. Regular readers will know this whole site is dedicated to boosting the confidence of women to challenge the established order so it seems like a perfect match! This is what they say on their web site:
“Women have an abundance of practical ideas for improving their own lives and lifting their families and communities out of poverty. But this can only happen if they have the confidence and opportunities to articulate their needs and ideas – and be listened to.
WOMANKIND Worldwide is the only UK charity devoted to enabling women to achieve this.”
“WOMANKIND Worldwide helps women in developing countries – silenced or isolated by harmful traditions, conflict, violence and intimidation or the sheer exhaustion of surviving in poverty – to have a distinctive say in what goes on in their family, community and country.
Our aim is to embed what matters most to girls and women into every aspect of life, from the smallest domestic details to the most sweeping strategic decisions.
How we help women achieve change
We help courageous individuals to challenge the status quo. In some countries, this could involve accompanying a girl to a village meeting so she can tell women and men that it is now against the law for a girl to be forced to marry a man after he has raped her, and encourage girls to see they do have a choice.
We help women get organised
In many different ways, we help women come together, often for the first time, to talk about what they want to change, and then we help them achieve it. This could involve reading and writing lessons or training to resolve conflicts, so women are better able to get involved with what?s going on in their community.
We help women claim their rights and secure new ones
We might provide legal help to enable a woman to obtain a divorce from a man who beats her, or work with the police to encourage them to help women rather than return them to their husbands.”
International Women’s Day 2011
Sometimes it feels too complicated, too difficult to really make a difference in the world. Womankind is making a difference by supporting women across the world, and by supporting them so are YOU!
In honour of International Women’s Day (and in the profound hope that in years to come the idea of a women’s day will be quaint because we won’t need it) I have made a donation to the Womankind charity and I urge you to do the same. If everyone who read this blog gave just one pound or a dollar that would be amazing and really help women the world over- come on The Sisterhood!
In addition, from this day on, I pledge 10% of the profits of every book sold through my site or received in advertising revenue to Womankind. It’s not much but it can really help to make a difference!
Posted on March 7th, 2011 by Jane