Friday, October 11, 2013

Caring Causes: International Day of the Girl and World Vision

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.
World Vision is one of many organizations working to change these statistics, with programs for child protection, gender violence survivors, gender equality, and education. They partner with the Gates Foundation for the Alive & Thrive project in Ethiopia, promoting women's healthy education.

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 or follow them on Twitter at @WorldVisionNews.

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