In honor of the third annual U.N.-sanctioned International Day of the Girl Child, World Vision encourages individuals to talk with sisters, mothers, daughters and other influential women in their lives about how strong women make a strong world.
It's an important issue. An estimated 5.5 million children (teens and younger) are trafficked annually for forced child labor and sexual exploitation. Cultural practices such as early marriage and household chores inhibit girls' access to education - two-thirds of those who can't read in the world are female. And every minute and a half, a woman dies due to pregnancy or childbirth, with many of these deaths being preventable.
You can help by donating to specific programs at the World Vision site. You can also purchase clothing and accessories that fund women's programs. Education yourself by signing up at Strong Women Strong World. Even small donations make an impact!
About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. For more information on their efforts, visit WorldVision.org/press or follow them on Twitter at @WorldVisionNews.