Investing in Women: Spotlight on Women for Women International

Women for Women International

It’s a story we’re all too familiar with. In many places, we’re encouraged to ignore it; in the United States, for instance, we’re told that feminism is no longer necessary. Women are equal, aren’t they? They’re no longer confined to the home, they hold jobs previously denied to them, and overall, their position in society has improved in many ways. So what’s all the fuss about?

The fuss is about this: Although in some countries great strides have been made, for many women around the world, equality and opportunity are still not readily accessible. Women are less likely to hold … Continue reading

With Empathy & Respect – Spotlight on Rosie’s Place

Rosie's Place

Homelessness and poverty are issues that I’d venture to say most people who don’t experience them firsthand only consider in passing–maybe around Thanksgiving, when the local food pantries ramp up their requests for donations. After all, it’s not a comfortable situation to imagine yourself in, and particularly not in a world that often feels increasingly unstable, where the worries of food security, affordable housing, and finding employment that provides a living wage mean that many of us don’t feel so far removed from that outcome.

But for those who are struggling with poverty and homelessness, these issues aren’t abstract; they’re … Continue reading

The Struggle for Clean Water: Spotlight on DigDeep & the Navajo Water Project

Navajo Water Project

When we think of communities struggling with access to and the availability of clean water, our thoughts typically go to far-off places. Digging wells in African nations is a familiar concept to many, but for those of us living in the United States, it often hasn’t occurred to us that water security could be an issue in our own country, too. The Navajo Water Project is a nonprofit that urges us to change that mindset.

It’s an offshoot of DigDeep, an organization which identifies not as a charity, but as “a human rights non-profit working to ensure that every … Continue reading