International Women’s Day 2010 is fast approaching with the theme ‘Equal rights, Equal opportunities: Progress for all.’ In theory, it’s a day for celebrating the strength and progress of women around the world, but I have to stop and wonder in disbelief, how do we celebrate women having equal rights, equal opportunities—or even consider progress for all—when 200 million women around the world want, but cannot access modern contraceptives? When girls in the developing world are married off at tender ages to older men? When early pregnancy and childbirth are common in the world’s poorest regions? When women can’t make choices about their own bodies, how can they possibly have equal rights, much less equal opportunities in life?
Because having equal rights and equal opportunities is an aspiration.
That’s why Pathfinder has launched the 200 Thousand for 200 Million Campaign. In the days leading up to International Women’s Day we are trying to reach 200,000 video shares on Girl2Woman.org to raise awareness about the 200 million women who can’t access family planning. For every video shared through Girl2Woman.org, a generous donor is giving $1 to support reproductive health care in the developing world—up to $1M!
This is a big goal. Last week when I first mentioned it, Kellie, a Care2 member, commented, “Care2 members alone should help them reach 1 mil in a day or so. Guess the Care2 community better buckle down and start sharing!!!” Well, that was more than a week ago and we’re only at 4,105!
So I’m asking for your help. Care2 members, let’s follow Kellie’s suggestion and buckle down and start sharing! Visit www.Girl2Woman.org today, right now, this minute, and share the videos with your friends, family, and colleagues. Tweet this blog, post it on Facebook, and join together to take a stand for women.
The more we can spread the word that women’s rights include reproductive rights this International Women’s Day, the more we can not only aspire, but ensure that women can live healthier, happier lives…in the near future actually have equal rights and equal opportunities…and fulfill the goal of progress for all.
Sarah Day 2008