2016 has been an interesting year. For some, it has been an absolutely horrible year.
I’m finding it exceptionally difficult to get into the holiday spirit. There are just so many awful things happening around the world. While I won’t deny my son Christmas, I have decided to give more than usual this year, and to keep on giving every month in 2017.
If you are looking for ideas to put money where your morals are, I’ve dug through various organizations and found several that support things I am passionate about. If you’re looking for ways to support women and girls around the world, this list is worth checking out.
Femme International is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) whose mission is to address the unique health and safety needs of women and girls in developing communities. They do this through education programs, conversations, and providing menstrual hygiene products. “By taking an education-based approach, Femme is tackling the issue at its root and ensuring that no girl will grow up thinking her body is unclean or inappropriate.” I’ve been following them for a while on social media and I just love their philosophy, so this is the organization I have decided to support regularly in 2017.
Their vision: “We seek a world without gender oppression; a world where all have the right to opportunity and possibility.”
I don’t think I have to explain what is going on in Syria. What is happening right in front of all of us, broadcast live on social media, is an atrocity. Many people feel helpless, but there are also people doing things to help. The White Helmets is one of those groups. They are unarmed volunteers on the ground in Syria risking their lives for anyone in need. Donations go to buying supplies and equipment necessary in the rescue efforts.
“Women Deliver believes that when the world invests in girls and women, everybody wins.” They have a holistic approach to supporting and empowering women and girls. Check out their Deliver for Good campaign.
Safety Pin Box is a new organization that supports Black women in the US. It’s a for-profit model and that’s exactly why it deserves support. It was created as a result of the 2016 elections as a way to help white allies find a way to show tangible support — “allyship” as defined by Black women. When you order a box, you receive concrete actions and tasks while knowing that the money you spent is supporting a Black woman.
This is more of a buy and support sort of deal. When you buy a Ruby menstrual cup, another one is given to a girl in East Africa. But if you don’t want to buy a cup for yourself for whatever reason, you can still donate here.
Do you have your own favorite organizations you like to give to? Feel free to share them in the comments.