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Urgent! ~Support new women's economic empowerment bill ~ July 19, 2006 6:31 AM

Urgent! ~Support new women's economic empowerment bill ~ 6:24 AM

Imagine for a moment how different the world could be if women were given the same opportunities to succeed as men. 

An innovative new bill, the GROWTH (Global Resources and Opportunities for Women to Thrive) Act of 2006, has just been introduced in Congress. The GROWTH Act would make huge advances in women's economic empowerment and create positive changes for millions of women in developing countries around the world.

Please seize this opportunity to make those changes a reality by urging your Representative to support the GROWTH Act. Click here to contact your member of Congress about this opportunity to advance women's economic empowerment now.

Investing in women is one of the surest routes to ending poverty and strengthening communities in the developing world.

Decades of research and experience have shown that women living in poverty reinvest any extra income they have in their kids, creating a positive cycle of growth for the family. Greater economic opportunitiy for women means their daughters are more likely to go to school, their babies are more likely to survive infancy, and their family is more likely to eat nutritious meals. Women with more economic opportunities are also less vulnerable to trafficking and HIV/AIDS, and have more options in the face of violence or abuse, not to mention a greater ability to control the number and spacing of their children.

Join us in making these positive changes a reality by urging your Representative to support the GROWTH Act - click here to send your message.

The new GROWTH Act would remove many of the barriers that currently prevent women from participating actively in their countries’ economies by:

  • Promoting women’s ability to start and grow businesses.
  • Enhancing women’s land and property rights.
  • Increasing women’s access to higher quality employment and improving the wages and working conditions of women-dominated jobs.
  • Ensuring that trade agreements benefit women living in poverty.

The GROWTH Act is the culmination of two years of research and advocacy by the Women’s Edge Coalition with the support of Congressional leaders, as well as more than twenty organizations working with women living in poverty in the developing world.

Please click here now to urge your member of Congress to support this important new piece of legislation!

Once you've sent your letter, please help us spread the word about the GROWTH Act by clicking here to send a message to your friends, family, and co-workers asking them to join you in supporting women's economic empowerment worldwide by contacting their Representatives.

Thanks again for all of your help,

Eve Fox
Campaign Manager, FreeChoiceSavesLives.org
International Planned Parenthood Federation / Western Hemisphere Region

P.S. Click here for more info on the GROWTH Act from the Women's Edge Coalition. Support Our Work - Click here now to make a secure online donation to help support our crucial advocacy efforts on behalf of women and girls around the globe. International Planned Parenthood Federation Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) works to ensure wide access to quality, affordable reproductive health care for women and men throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and advocates for their right to choose the number and spacing of their children.  Working through 46 member associations, IPPF/WHR provides contraceptive counseling and supplies, HIV prevention, testing and treatment, maternal and infant health care, and comprehensive sex education to people in need.


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salaam Barb! July 19, 2006 1:15 PM

Thank you for posting this...as more women than men are  affected, more women than men have a harder time accessing healthcare services..this is most important...lets take action....

am pinning to group homepage hun..thank you for this valuable tool...

Love A'isha

LETS TAKE ACTION!!!

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I signed! July 20, 2006 7:21 PM

Hi Barb , Hi A'isha , Hello There ALL! (((())))

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Signed and Shared! July 20, 2006 8:01 PM

Great post Barb! Thanks for sharing!    [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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