－ 70% of the poorest and most vulnerable people on earth;
－ 70% of the world's hungry;
－ two-thirds of the illiterate worldwide;
－ only 1% of farmland owners globally; and
－ 500,000 deaths each year from preventable pregnancy complications.
This is Blog Action Day － today, thousands of bloggers around the world unite to address a single issue in order to raise awareness and initiate action. Today, that issue is poverty.
So today, I want to tell you about an organization launched earlier this year, the Women, Faith and Development Alliance (WFDA). With global-leader rock stars like former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Queen Noor of Jordan and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu supporting it, the WFDA is a unique partnership of international faith, development and women's organizations, dedicated to igniting a global increase in investment in women and girls.
Essentially, WFDA is a global campaign seeking to end poverty and to empower women and girls. It's involving leaders and innovators from around the world dedicated to launching programs to support women and girls on issues like gender equity, economic empowerment, financial independence, maternal mortality, female genital mutilation and other violence against women.
Sound good? Add your voice:
- Spread the word. Copy and paste this post into an email message and send it to all the women in your address book, or post a piece about WFDA on your own blog (feel free to link to this one). Click here for information, statistics and more.
- Ask for more. Wherever you go to see and hear interesting speakers (professional meetings, community gatherings, church services, entertainment venues), request a presentation dedicated to the advancement of women and girls.
- Invest in women and girls yourself. Contribute to the four WFDA co-founders to help keep the campaign moving forward. Or give to a WFDA member organization working on an issue you're interested in － like women's economic opportunity, women's literacy, maternal health, girls' education or women's leadership.