Girl Power: How These Organizations Are Helping Girls Across The Globe
Posted by GreaterGoodness
Societal expectations and lack of opportunity still prevent women and girls around the world from fulfilling their full potential. To combat this, several international organizations are helping women and girls make a difference in their own lives and the lives of those around them.
Rebecca Soni, captain of the 2012 U.S. Olympic swim team, is a spokesperson for Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation campaign based in the United States that encourages and empowers American girls to raise funds and awareness for global programs that work with girls in developing nations. Through Girl Up, American girls claim their places in the world, grow in confidence and ability, and show that every female life matters. The organizations they support address issues as diverse as underage domestic labor, gender-based violence, child marriage, and lack of educational opportunities, which all combat traditional expectations that limit and oppress women in all cultures.
Right to Play
One organization that works to prevent these damaging cultural expectations is Right to Play, which addresses the issues of child, early, and forced marriage. Where girls are expected to marry at or even before puberty, they have little access to education and don’t get a chance to develop marketable skills. This reinforces deep-rooted prejudices and attitudes that view women as inferior or worthless because they are ill-educated and unable to become financially independent. Right to Play uses sports and structured games to challenge some of these prejudices and encourage communities to rethink these practices. By encouraging local girls to volunteer to teach other children, the organization also promotes self-worth and develops confidence in individuals.
In the 21st century, it’s a saddening thought that some people are still considered less valuable just because of their sex. Help address inequality of all types by visiting GreaterGoodness, and make a difference today.