I founded Just Like My Child on the belief that all children are just like my child and deserve the same access to health care, education, justice and human rights.
I know I stand with many mothers whose hearts ache as we witness the unjustness and divisiveness of our beautiful country on full display. As our nation faces a reckoning whose time has come, we remain committed to listening and learning.
We believe that now, more than ever, our mission to Transform the World, One Girl at a Time is an essential tool in tackling the challenges that face us.
We’re dedicating this communication to showcasing the data that makes it clear that amplifying women’s voices is required to create the transformation in global leadership and power imbalances that are required NOW.
When I read between the lines of the data below, the “not so subtle” conclusions are that suppressing the voices of women, not giving them an equitable number of seats at the tables of power, destabilizes countries and poses grave national security issues.
Like we are facing in the United States now.
Sending you a huge embrace of love, listening, and a prayer for healing,
Founder, Just Like My Child Foundation
#Vote #GirlPower #AmplifyVoices #BlackLivesMatter
Girl Power, now more than ever.
This month the results of the research conducted by Texas A&M University social scientists on the ground in Uganda will be published in a peer reviewed academic journal, demonstrating that Girl Power Project®, has the impact to shift harmful cultural practices and norms and elevate the way that vulnerable girls are valued and treated within their communities. Stay tuned for the release date which we will publish soon!
Bolstered by our results, our work in Uganda, the United States and India continues. For 14 years we have studied, in real time, issues that girls face around the world and created Girl Power Project® which is focused on bridging the huge gaps that vulnerable girls face daily.
These gaps span the gamut of ill treatment, from the extreme practices in much of the world (sex selective abortions, honor killings, female genital cutting, forced child marriage and forced early school drop out, early pregnancy, rape with impunity, disease transmission) to what is commonly accepted in western societies (unequal pay, fewer job opportunities and career advancements, sexual harassment ranging from spousal abuse and date rape, to uninvited and inappropriate touching and kissing).
The message seems to be similar: when men are in power, they are entitled to do what they will to women, ranging from the extreme of killing baby girls in Guatemala to sexual harassment at the hands of the highest levels of US Government.
All of the data however shows that there’s no force more powerful to transform a society than girls. And yet over
around the world remain out of school or are in under-resourced schools where they do not receive the quality of education that would help them reach their potential.
Intersect these issues with the specific challenges of race, caste system, religious subordination of women, and well, we’ve got a real opportunity on our hands to transform the world, one girl at a time.
In a new study, published by Valerie M. Hudson, Professor and George H.W. Bush Chair at The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, demonstrates that nearly every dimension of national security is intertwined with whether women are subordinated or empowered within their society.
Add to this two crucial points:
1) with reproductive freedom and more education, women tend to have fewer children, children that are healthier, better educated, and live longer and lead more productive lives, and,
2) according to a survey of women holding public office in 65 countries, women’s presence in politics increases the amount of attention
given social welfare, legal protection, and transparency in government and business, and 80 percent of respondents said that women’s participation restores trust in government. When women’s input is not valued or welcomed, it is more likely for men to take risks that bring down businesses and lead nations into war.
In other words, men need women on the management team to lead businesses and governments more effectively and thereby insure better decisions in both the marketplace and in national and world politics.
We remain committed to amplifying the voices of Black Women.
#Vote #GirlPower #AmplifyVoices #BlackLivesMatter
About Just Like My Child Foundation: About Just Like My Child Foundation: Since its founding in 2006, Just Like My Child Foundation has developed deep partnerships with rural communities in Africa to deliver sustainable programs that address health care, education, microenterprise, social justice, and women/girls’ empowerment. Through that work, JLMC came to understand that empowering vulnerable adolescent girls to amplify their voices and achieve their fullest potential is the most powerful weapon in disrupting the cycle of poverty. Today, Just Like My Child Foundation is focused on expanding its evidence-based, replicable model of girls empowerment, Girl Power Project® Global, beginning in the US with the Lakota Sioux Nation in South Dakota, and in Rishikesh, India. Learn more about our quest to transform the world, one girl at a time, at www.JustLikeMyChild.org