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Today is the International Day of the Girl Child.  Initiated in 2012, this United Nations event is focused on girls’ human rights by addressing the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girl children around the world.  A theme is chosen each year, and this year’s theme is especially moving:  “Empowering Adolescent girls:  Ending the cycle of violence.”

More than just a day to despair over the harsh reality of millions of girls that share our planet, this is our opportunity as Sacred Feminists and women of the New Matriarchy to work within our sphere of influence to truly make a difference in the life of those who will inherit the Earth. The vibration around feminine empowerment is becoming more and more elevated with each passing year, and we need only look to the most recent recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize to see evidence of this. The tide is shifting, and we can all be a part of the wave of transformation that is happening around us each day.

Today, on this significant International Day of the Girl Child, let us all pause, reflect, and identify how we can lift up the girls who share this world with us.  Your contribution need not be monetary; the gift of your time, your voice, or your gently used resources are indeed invaluable to the girls in your community and to our global community. Together we have the power to ensure that today’s world will not be our daughters’ inheritance. 

In honor of The Mother-Daughter Nest, Melia chose to honor and support the works of Project Safe, located in Athens, Georgia.  According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, an estimated 1.3 million women in the United States are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year, and one in four American women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime.

Who are these women?  They are women just like you and me; they live in our neighborhoods and their children go to school with our children. Our sisters (and their children) living with domestic violence come from all different  age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment or marital status groups.  They need support in leaving these situations, both for their immediate safety, and for that of future generations.  Witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is *the strongest risk factor*of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.  Therefore, supporting women in leaving violent situations is one of the most powerful ways we can change our community, now and forever. 

Project Safe works to end domestic violence through crisis intervention, ongoing supportive services, and prevention and education in the community.  We can support their efforts by volunteering our time, making monetary donations, or donating items to the Project Safe Thrift Store.   Today, in honor of International Day of the Girl Child, my daughter Della and I collected toys, games, and clothing items that she no longer uses.  Together we sent a blessing to the little sisters that will be inheriting them, and in honor of The Mother-Daughter Nest, we took them to the Project Safe Thrift Store, where they will be given at no charge to the children of our most courageous and deserving sisters.  

To honor our youngest sisters the world over, Amy contributed $100 on behalf of Red Tent :: Louisville to 50cents.period, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower women and girls to stay fully engaged in their lives and educations without the stigma and barriers surrounding their period, gender, and reproductive choices.

Girls the world over are subject to psycho-emotional, spiritual, and physical violence resulting from the experience of menstruation and the systematic lack of education about their physical bodies. As girls and women, it is our birthright to know and understand the facts about menstruation and reproduction so that we can all make healthy and empowered choices that support our well-being. A gift of just 50 cents provides one package of sanitary pads to a woman in need. A gift of $100 provides a year’s supply of pads, underwear, and 8 hours of health education for one woman or girl. By supporting this organization, we support the education, empowerment, and health of girls across the globe.

“Study after study shows that around the world and here at home, the surest way to lift a family or community is to lift a woman. When a woman rises, she brings her family and her community up with her. If your goal is world improving, the safest, most effective entry point is WOMEN. We live in a time that tells us that women must grab from each other. That there is not enough love, time, attention, money, and recognition to go around and so if you want to rise, you must push down the woman next to you. WE BELIEVE THAT THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE. We believe that the surest way to rise is to LIFT UP the woman beside you, in front of you, and behind you. And so we intentionally lift her up with a kind word, a smile, a prayer, a dollar. And the second we do, we feel ourselves rise with her.”
-- Glennon Doyle


Share with us what you did to honor International Day of the Girl Child and let’s inspire one another.

In Sisterhood,
Melia and Amy


 


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