It’s an exciting time to be doing what we’re doing here at Women’s Earth Alliance. Economists, world leaders, and policy experts alike are beginning to recognize the central role of women to community health and economic stability. A recent New York Times article said:
“Only a small proportion of aid specifically targets
women or girls, but increasingly donors are recognizing
that that is where they often get the most bang for the buck.”
President Obama appointed a new White House Council on Women and Girls, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a recent interview “women and girls” are a “signature issue” of the administration’s foreign policy. During her tour this month through Africa, Clinton stated,
“Until women around the world are accorded their rights
and afforded the opportunities of education, health care and gainful employment,
global progress and prosperity will have its own glass ceiling.”
Check out these articles:
- Clinton Global Initiative – at their Annual Meeting last week they added a new focus area for Women and Girls. Read more here.
- New York Times Magazine – they dedicated a whole issue to what they called ‘The Women’s Crusade’ which can be read here.
- Half the Sky – written by two Pultizer Prize winning journalists, and an anchor article in the NYTimes Magazine issue above, this book is a call-to-action to invest in and support women and girls