Because I am a Girl

Last week I stumbled across Plan Australia’s Because I am a Girl program. To use their words:

‘Because I am a Girl’ is Plan’s global campaign designed to fight gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls out of poverty. Across the globe, girls are at the bottom of the social ladder, deprived of the same opportunities as boys. For example,research has shown that girls are more likely to suffer from malnutrition; be forced into an early marriage; be subjected to violence or intimidation; be trafficked, sold or coerced into the sex trade; or become infected with HIV.

Take two minutes to watch this great video:

Here are two facts that motivated me to get involved:

  • Girls are less likely that boys to survive to their first birthday.
  • A woman or girl will reinvest 90% of her income into her family.

The other exciting news I was interested in this week was Kevin Rudd announcing that Australian has pledged $225 million dollars of foreign aid for women and children. This is great news and will be interesting to track how the UN’s  “global strategy for women’s and children’s health” progresses over the next few years.

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  1. Hi I’m just setting up my first blog page and found yours just browsing. I’m interested in Politics, Economics and social issues but have too admit, just begging to look in to look into this area.

    I just thought that if you haven’t allready, you might be interested in an article written by Anne Manne in the june 2010 issue of The Monthly, Gendercide. I’ve certainly been pointing it out to my friends, sepecially fellow guys interested in world issues who until recently may have neglected this problem for whatever reason.

    Also could you answer 1 or 2 qustions for me?, What are widgets, RSS and can you tell me how I can display links on my blog?

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    1. I have read Anne Manne’s article and I love all of her work. For those of you interested you can find it on the Monthly website:
      http://www.themonthly.com.au/monthly-essays-anne-manne-gendercide–2498
      You can also find some of her other work, she is a fantastic journalist and tackles some really moving topics.

      As for the blog questions I am not really qualified to help – I’m using a trial and error approach. I recommend that you try the WordPress help: http://wordpress.org/support/

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