5 Minutes, 5 Ways to Help Women Around the World

September 22, 2010  |  

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The streets of New York are filled with motorcades and diplomats this week.  And as world leaders come to the United Nations for high-level, high security meetings, you too can help change the lives of poor women all over the world.  We know Mesdames have big hearts, but let’s be real- we also have busy schedules.  So here are five quick ways you can help make a difference, without even getting up from your seat.

GirlUp! is an United Nations Foundation campaign that seeks to provide educational and other funding girls in developing countries and connect them with girls right here in the US.   By addressing the 1.2 billion girls 10-19 around the world, the campaign is giving many girls opportunities they may not otherwise get to experience.  The GirlUp was released last week at Fashion Night Out by Ivanka Trump.  Not only is it super fasihonable, proceeds go to a great cause! Get yours here.

VDAY does work to address the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.  Several fabulous women we love, including Kerry Washington, are active supporters, sit on the organizations’ Executive Board.  This year, focus is on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where just last month over 200 women were subjected to four days of planned rapes by rebel groups.  VDAY is working to raise awareness and funds for women who are subjected to this kind of violence through its events and this month you can purchase a tote sewn through Healing Arts, an organization in Goma, DRC.  They’re handy, come in gorgeous prints and are a great way to spend $20.

charity: water is a rock star non-profit that works to bring clean drinking water to developing countries around the world.  In many countries, women and girls are the ones responsible for walking miles to get water for their families.  The group is known for their great branding, social media and celeb partnerships.  Among the folks who have joined their cause are Rachel Roy, Gayle King and Monique Pean.  charity: water’s latest fans are Will and Jada Smith.  The couple is currently holding a contest through which winners receive a trip to Africa with the Smiths! To enter by donating, click here.

Women For Women works to improve the lives of women who have been torn apart by conflict.  The organization works to spread rights awareness and give job training to women who have survived wars, rapes and years of fighting.  From now until October 15, all donations to Women For Women will be matched by the Leadership Circle- meaning your gift will go twice as far. Not a bad deal, if you ask us.  To make your contribution, click here.

The Body Shop is one of our favorite places to shop and now it is also somewhere you can make a difference.  Proceeds from the company’s Soft Hands, Kind Heart Hand Cream help victims of sexual trafficking and provide them the support and resources they need.  When you purchase, you can also sign the petition to tell world leaders to tackle child trafficking and help the 1.2 million children exploited each year.

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