March 8th: International Women’s Day: Organizations to Empower Women

March 8th is International Women’s Day and I have four organizations that help and empower women everywhere. Here’s my short list.  Non-profit foundations funding women’s rights often include children and fathers, but most of the emphasis is on helping women and just recently, the focus is on the war in Ukraine, where thousands of mainly woman and children are fleeing for safety. Please visit these websites for more information. es

1) FINCA: www.FINCA.org

This photo from the website notes that the organization is highlighting “Supporting Women to Thrive at Work and as entrepreneurs.” FINCA gives emergency loans to women who need help to keep their small businesses afloat, especially during the COVID crisis.

2) Photo from website: https://www.globalfundforwomen.org/

The Global Fund for Women’s rights initiatives was founded in 1987 by New Zealander Anne Firth Murray, and co-founded by Frances Kissling and Laura Lederer to fund women’s initiatives around the world.. Wikipedia

3) HIAS: www.hias.org

“Welcome the stranger” is HIAS’ slogan. And with the refugee crisis in Ukraine (mostly women and children fleeing), this is a good time to investigate this helpful organization.

Note from Wikipedia: HIAS (founded as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) is a Jewish American nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian aid and assistance to refugees. It was originally established in 1881 to aid Jewish refugees. In 1975, the State Department asked HIAS to aid in resettling 3,600 Vietnam refugees. Since that time, the organization continues to provide support for refugees of all nationalities …

4) Women for Women International: www.womenforwomen.org

Photo from the website

“Each of us can make a difference, in big and small ways. This is your chance to stand up, speak up, and join a global community creating a better world for women.” (from the website) You can also sponsor a woman (“sister”) and help her survive, which I did a few years ago and received a letter about my “sister” at the end of the year.

These are only four organizations that came across my desk via snail mail. Feel free to do your own research and find one that feels right for you. In the Women for Women International letter I received was this concept:

“The Butterfly Revolution is a metaphor for the concept that even small actions….like the fluttering of a butterfly’s wings…can have far-reaching effects…”  And at my volunteering for The Hunger Project many years ago, I learned that each person can make a difference, echoing the Butterfly Revolution that, as the letter notes, “…everyone of us can have a major impact on making the world a better place for women in need.”

TAKE ACTION! (Wear something purple!)

 

P.S. March 6th was the 16th anniversary of  my posting on Menupause. I still love doing it and would like your comments! es

9/11 Essay with photos of the Memorial in New York City at Ground Zero

My grandson Max was born on 9/11, but 10 years before the tragic event on 9/11/2001. So for ten years I was able to celebrate his birthday without any intervening bad news. Now, of course, I have mixed feelings: I want to celebrate his birthday and I also want to pay homage to the tragic events on 9/11 and all the people who died in the towers or planes that day and all those who were working in the wreckage of the towers and subsequently died from the fumes, the dust, and the chemicals that spewed into the air, even though the person in charge of the EPA said the air was safe!

 

In the Smithsonian Institute Magazine as well as in a documentary last night, there were interviews with young people born in 2001 0r 2002, whose fathers who died in the planes or the buildings. These children are now 20 years old or almost 20 years old, and their stories are quite revealing about how they view life because of this tragic event right before they were born.

Just as Pearl Harbor may have been the most tragic event of my early years, 9/11 for people in the single numbers or just born on that day or soon after have their own tragic event. And with the pandemic, we are losing thousands and thousands of people from bacteria, so we are “at war” with this virus and the battle is still raging.

The 20th anniversary of 9/11 will be hard for many of us. Interestingly, it takes place during the 10 Days of Awe between Rosh Hoshana (The Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement), a very solemn time to review this past year and see where we have offended anyone and make amends. Instead of reviewing our mistakes as sins, we view them as “missing the mark” and offer our heartfelt apologies to those people we may have offended or hurt.

Reading the stories in the Smithsonian and watching the documentary has given me hope that young people of today are aware that we are a global village and what happens to people in one country can happen everywhere, as COVID 19 has shown.

Let us use 9/11 as a time to pause and take stock of ourselves and our world and see what we can do to make our global village safer, cleaner, and filled with empathy and compassion, instead of hate. If each person does this, we could feel a shift in our energies and emerge as a world where peace and wholeness are possible and an environment where it is safe to breathe, swim, eat, and sleep. I wish for such as world NOW! and since I believe each person can make a difference, I plan
to sign up for a Climate Reality project and continue to post information on the environment on my website.

Stay safe! Stay positive! Stay vigilant!  ellensue

 

P.S. I wrote this on Friday aft. and post-dated it for tomorrow at 9:11 am.

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