March 8 is International Women's Day! By Zanoon Nissar (Fundraising & Partnerships, Jolkona)
It's crazy what a difference 101 years can make. When International Women's Day started back in 1911, over a million men and women attended IWD rallies to stand up for women's rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination.
Now it's 2012, and we're joining each other on bridges in solidarity - proud of the advancements made.
We now have female astronauts and heads of state, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, and women have real choices. At the same time, there are still struggles. Globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.
Each project featured on our campaign page educates, empowers or provides better health for women and girls around the world.
Whether you're giving a scholarship to an Afghan refugee, or buying a safe birth kit for a Palestinian woman you can make a difference with as little as $5. Thanks to our generous partners this month, all donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $6,000!
I started volunteering with Jolkona a couple years ago, and it's been an amazing ride. We recently came back from a trip to South America to visit some of our partners firsthand and see the impact of their work. In Santa Cruz, Bolivia we spent a whole day with children at Friends of Orphans that we sponsor. Some of the young girls at the orphanage have been abused, so the psychologist, Maria, who works with them provides individual therapy sessions that improves their confidence and behaviors.
I hope you'll join us in our Give2Girls match challenge and help us get to $6,000 in donations! And know that you'll make a difference in the lives of women around the world.
Editor's note: Got a question for our guest blogger? Leave a message in the comments below. Photo caption: The Jolkona volunteer team at Friends of Orphans, Santa Cruz, Bolivia. About the guest blogger: Zanoon Nissar is a Senior Account Manager at Google (AdMob), specializing in the mobile advertising ecosystem for Financial advertisers. For the past 2 years, she’s been involved with fundraising and partnerships for Jolkona, a non-profit that connects donors with global philanthropic opportunities. Zanoon mentors high school girls through Technovation and is passionate about projects that merge mobile technology with social good. She co-developed an app helping women get home safe at night.