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100 Years, International Women’s Day

Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. It is being celebrated around the world through events and activities, with 463 events in the UK, 260 in Canada and 245 in the US, according to www.internationalwomensday.com.

Women play a key role in our world, and in humanitarian work. When women are empowered, they work to improve their community’s standard of living and freedoms.

Humanitarian non profit organizations offer ways to help the women of our world. In particular, Plan Canada has a “Because I am a Girl” project in Colombia that helps to protect the rights of nearly 100,000 conflict-affected children in that country. Plan Canada’s goal is to raise $16 million over 5 years, and you can help by visiting their website and making a donation. Donations are matched $3 for $1, so a $20 donation actually brings $80 to the project.

Walk ParkIf you’d prefer to be active, CARE Canada is challenging Canadians to Walk in Her Shoes. That is, to symbolically walk in the shoes of a woman in a poor community in our world, who walks an average of 8,000 steps (about 6 km) a day to simply collect water, firewood or other basic necessities of life. Enjoy getting (or staying) fit while you count your steps and help women around our world.

Happy International Women’s Day!

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