In the day to day grind, I can easily get caught up in my own life, soon forgetting what else is going on in the world. I forget that there are others less fortunate, those going through life as a living hell, those that have had their dreams ripped away from them. It’s beyond humbling.
It makes me feel blessed to know that so many people do care, that they take time from their personal lives to help the big picture. It truly motivates me to start volunteering again and actually putting my actions where my thoughts live. And with the first presidential debate not taking the time to even mention women or their rights, someone needs to take a stand! Take a look for yourself.
The first campaign is One Billion Rising, a project to bring light to the amount of violence that happens each year to women. In a lifetime, one in three women worldwide will be beaten or raped. Think about that for a second. Between you, your mother, and your grandmother, one of you will or have been subjected to forceful violence. It’s a very personal subject, for many reasons I’m not ready to share yet. After watching this, I’m sure you’ll be moved too.
The second campaign that really pulls for my attention is Stop Objectification, a project started by Norma Kamali. It’s tagline is to “turn objectification into empowerment.” That’s something I can stand for. As for a woman with some ample assets, I know the pangs of embarrassment when being cat-called or looked at like a piece of meat. The website encourages you to upload your best physical trait and tell how you are more than that body part.
Lastly, there is the Creating Confidence campaign from Eileen Fisher. They have a mission to raise $10,000 for their non-profit partners supporting girls and women. On the brand’s facebook page, your comment on why you care will generate a $5 donation for the charity of your choice (from their list). In today’s society where bullying, domestic violence, and weight shaming are all too prevalent, it makes me proud to know someone is standing up for the females.
What causes are near and dear to your heart?