Sunday, September 25, 2016

"Moving forward together..."

                 What organization has gathered over 7, 000 current and aspiring world leaders from 196 countries to create real effective change? Get to know the ONE YOUNG WORLD forum. Co-founded in 2009 by humanitarian and business leaders Kate Robertson and David Jones, ONE YOUNG WORLD will hold  "The Summit 2016 Ottawa"  in Ottawa, CANADA,  SEPTEMBER 28th - OCTOBER 1st.

       ONE YOUNG WORLD,  based in the United Kingdom, gathers young women and men from countries across the globe to exchange ideas, debate, empower, connect and inspire the next generation of informed leaders. ONE YOUNG WORLD participants become local Ambassador's following a world summit initiative which takes place in designated locations each year. Those in attendance are 18-30 years old and have demonstrated leadership ability in the areas of climate change, hunger relief, global health and community service. Please check the official website for additional details or to apply for 2017.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

" Let your voice be heard."


                 The fourth Tuesday of September has been designated by the National Association of Secretaries of State   as National Voter Registration Day.  Visit National Registration  to register to vote or find out how to help others get registered in your community. Our right to vote is one of the most fundamental and powerful tools we have to empower ourselves and preserve democracy in the United States. Additional education and voter registration resources can be found here:




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Monday, September 12, 2016

" Creating our gender equal world."

He for She


    On September 20th, 2016  HE for SHE will celebrate its 2nd birthday with festivities in New York City. Created in 2014 by UN WOMEN,  HE for SHE gives a strong platform for spreading innovative ideas and taking positive actions to ensure worldwide gender equality. Gender equality is defined as the achievement of  women and men sharing the same freedoms, economic rights and opportunities of choice across all sectors of society.

    HE for SHE is headed by Political Scientist, Elizabeth Nyamayaro  who presented her May 2015 TED TALK entitled, "An Invitation for Men Who Want a Better World for Women." to an inspired audience. It can be viewed in its entirety at this link:

  Why should men and boys be educated about gender inequality and take action to support women and girls?  It's simple. We are your daughters, wives, partners, girlfriends, sisters , aunts and mothers. We are half the world .  We cannot end sexism, misogyny, bigotry and racism without empowering each other. We cannot change gender inequality alone.  

Facts About Gender Inequality

The United States is one of only four countries in the world that fail to provide paid maternity leave for all workers. 

Single women with children make 60%  of what men make.
Single women without children make 90% of what men make.
Women with partners make 73% of what men make.   (Source

Every 9 seconds a women is beaten or assaulted in the United States.
Every day in the US more than 3 women are murdered by their partners or boyfriends

In a Global Gender Gap Index, the US ranked 20th out of 142 countries for the largest education, economic and leadership disparity between women and men.

4 out of 5 victims of human trafficking are girls.

Women hold only 4.8% of CEO positions in S&P 500 companies

 43 million human beings are currently displaced by conflict or persecution. Half  of all refugees are women.

62 million girls worldwide are denied an education. (Source: UN Foundation)

Please visit the HE for SHE website above or check out #HEforSHE for more information. Together we can create a gender equal world.


Sunday, September 4, 2016

"Your story matters."

 National Suicide Prevention Week September 5th-11th


         You Rock Foundation   turns tragedy into hope with painful, inspiring and healing testimonies by professional artists who have struggled with depression or thoughts of suicide. Founded by graphic designer, mental health advocate and self-described "music addict", Joseph Penola  the nonprofit organization allows people of all ages and backgrounds to personally connect with musicians like Bert McCracken, lead singer and song writer for THE USED .  A love of music is an underlying theme for You Rock Foundation but those seeking assistance, educators, parents or the curious will find excellent,compassionate resources. Together we can end the stigma of mental illness.  #YourStoryMatters #StopSuicide on Twitter.

  For additional mental health and suicide prevention information visit :

 Mental Health America

 Crisis Text Line

 Suicide Prevention Lifeline

 Veterans Crisis Line