Journalist and author Nicholas Kristof said that “in this century the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality around the world.” If we take a moment to look at the challenges that women continue to face, it is difficult to disagree. We are living in a world where millions of women do not have access to maternal care and forced prostitution claims the freedoms of women across the globe. Despite these realities, people are standing up and taking action against global health disparity and gender inequality. Disruptive Women is proud to make this week “International Week” and to highlight individuals and organizations tackling complex, difficult to solve issues. Read below to get a sneak peak at this week’s series and check out the map highlighting organizations that are doing amazing work to increase access to essential services for women worldwide.
- Edna Adan, founder of the Edna Adan Hospital of Somaliland, champions to advance the status of women’s health in the Horn of Africa.
- Apne Aap works tirelessly to eradicate forced prostitution and provide educational services to women in India.
- Breakthrough knows that domestic violence cannot be eradicated until men and women work together to achieve gender equality. The entire Breakthrough team uses popular culture and cutting edge social media to spread news about gender equality.
- Tostan works in countries in West Africa to improve human rights and cultivate gender equality through the respectful observance of the traditions and beliefs of a given community.
Throughout this week, make sure to check out our Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook pages for more information about these and more incredible organizations. Also, make sure to share #DWInternational on your social media accounts!
We hope that this series will help you learn more about these defining issues and encourage you to join the fight for equality for women in every country.