Oxfam AmericaMuch of this post is from the information I received about International Women’s Day which is today. I wanted to get this post out before the end of the day, so I’m passing on some statistics and a video that I found interesting.

International Women’s Day

Women who work hard, but can’t earn enough to feed their families; women whose hearts break when they see their children go hungry; women – half the people on earth – who need equal access to the resources that can help them overcome poverty.

Chau Doan/Oxfam America

Alarming Statistics

  • One in every seven people go to bed hungry every night.
  • More than 40 percent of the world’s population – 2.5 billion people – live in poverty, and many of them are women
  • Sixty-six percent of the world’s work falls on women’s shoulders, yet they earn only 10% of the world’s income
  • If women were given the same level of access to resources that men have, they could increase yields on their farms by 20-30%
  • Hunger and poverty are about power and inequality, and women and girls face the biggest inequalities of all

What Can We Do?

This International Women’s Day, how about showing women everywhere you appreciate their contributions to our world? Oxfam America is giving you a couple of really easy ways to do this:

1. Send an International Women’s Day eCard to a woman you know, to say thank you for all that she does. Better yet, send it to several women who’ve made the world a better place.

2. Give the Oxfam America International Women’s Day 2012 award (PDF) to a woman you think has made a difference to the world. She could be a teacher, your mom, a non-profit leader, a woman entrepreneur, the neighbor who always checks up on you when you’re ill… the possibilities are endless.

To give your award, just fill out the PDF file with the awardee’s name, and your name and date. You can then save it as a PDF or JPG (JPG if you want your readers to see the actual award) file. Then just publish a post to your blog, or to Facebook (make sure to tag her so she sees it), or wherever you’d like. You can even print it out and give it to her as a tangible reminder of your gratefulness.

Brett Eloff/Oxfam America

If we come together, we may not be able to remove the imbalances between men and women immediately. But we will show women around the world… and in our own neighborhoods… that we care about them.

International Women’s Day Discussion!

That’s not too much to ask for half the world’s population, is it?

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