Ever since I was young I've spoken up for those who don't get heard. Many of you might be shocked to know this, but I grew up in an abusive household, so I know what it's like to feel like you have no voice and like you matter little as a person. Out of that I grew a really strong resolve to speak up when someone isn't being treated well.
One of the main reasons I blog is because I don't want anyone to feel like they aren't good enough or don't deserve a place here on earth. And if someone can feel a greater sense of self-esteem and confidence in their voice by simply being able to feel put together in the style department, that's all I need to keep blogging.
I've always wanted to use this blog to uplift women, and today we get a chance to do that in an even more profound way--by advocating for voiceless women across the world.
My good friend Charlotte has been doing just that with an organization called Sister India, which my husband and I have personally supported too. Over breakfast Charlotte, her husband, and I brainstormed ways to use social media as a platform to affect change in the world. (You know, small potatoes.) One thing led to another and we came up with what's happening today--a collaboration with some other outstanding bloggers, all putting a hold on the normal blogging biz to speak up for women across the globe with Sister India!
(AND, there's even a $200 Visa giveaway at the end from a generous donor who wanted to get more women connected to the cause!)
Here's my friend Charlotte to tell you all about it...
Have you ever felt invisible?
Maybe you're the alarm-snoozer like me, rushing out of the house in a bland, rumpled ensemble and a bumpy ponytail. Or maybe you've been stuck at home cleaning up after the kids for too many days in a row. Whatever it was, chances are you've felt invisible at least once. And it's no fun.
This year I learned about millions of women in India who are ignored and abused by a culture that denies their worth. I learned about Kajani trying to light herself on fire, Kimaya and the physical abuse she faces for seeking education and sweet Rosmita, a grandmother who's never once felt loved or worth it. A team of dear friends and I started Sister India to lend our voices to rescue them from their abuse through education.
This video paints a picture of her world, with shocking facts I didn’t learn until this year:
This Saturday, March 8th, is International Women's Day. If you're inspired to take action for these women, here are 3 small things that will make a huge difference:
- Share this video to end her silence. Lend your voice and encourage your friends to do the same. Click share on the embedded video post above.
- Give her an education for only $30. At Sister India, we are combating the abuse of women and girls by giving them the gift of education--- a gift withheld from over 300 million Indians, who can't read or write, even their own names. Educating a woman in reading, writing, math, health, business and Bible values only costs $30 because we work with an organization that raises up Indian Christian volunteers. $30 to transform a family for generations! Craziness. Right now all donations are being matched by an investor, so if you give $30, you're giving education to 2 illiterate Indians! Click here.
- Create a Fundraising Page this week to spread awareness and give your friends a chance to help too. Because there's a donation match on right now, just $150 will give education to 10 people! If 10 friends give $15 you will change 10 families, preventing generations of violence! Click here.
Thanks for listening! Because of you, she is one step closer to freedom =)
To learn more about Sister India visit SisterIndia.Org.To connect with others who care, like us: facebook.com/IndiaSisterhood.Want to talk to someone about how this moved you, or want to ask questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The winner of the VISA Giftcard giveaway will be announced on Friday, March 14, 2014.