We are told that since 1924 the Mother of the World has been inspiring the world with various goals for improvement. Since that time we have seen, throughout the world, movements to encourage women to assume leadership of the world in cooperation with men on an equal basis. With the development of women’s movements, we see the real core of the World Mother expanding and becoming more powerful, leading humanity toward its ultimate destination. ” Sex, Family, and the Woman in Society by Torkom Saraydarian,  p. 535

WECAN is a women’s movement that is working to save our planet, Mother Earth, and the devastation of her people from climate change. It is bringing together women from the northern and southern hemispheres to inspire solutions that work for all.

 

From the WECAN website:

“Women Leading Solutions on the Frontline of Climate Change – D.C. April 29th, 2017 Washington, DC following the People’s Climate March Presented by the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International. A dynamic gathering with worldwide women leaders joined in solidarity to speak out against environmental and social injustice, draw attention to root causes of the climate crisis, and present the diverse array of visions and strategies with which they are working to shape a healthy and equitable world.”

Here’s an interview with women of WECAN after their World Summit in 2013:

From the WECAN website:

“The International Women’s Earth & Climate Summit was held on September 20 – 23, 2013 in New York. The Summit brought together 100 global women leaders including grassroots activists, economists, scientists, businesswomen, Indigenous leaders, policy-makers, faith leaders, culture shapers for 3.5 days to help further a women’s climate action agenda.

“The IWECI Summit was not a one-time event but rather is the beginning of long-term campaigns and projects to embrace climate solutions and build resilient communities.  We plan to work in alliance with many other organizations and projects that are already underway as well as create new projects and campaigns when and where appropriate.

“From promoting local and ecological food and energy models to advocating for a rights based approach to sustainability, WECAN is dedicated to a future where communities thrive and women are empowered.

“In our work, we recognize common but differentiated responsibilities for solving the crisis of global climate change.  We intend to build upon models of other movements that were successful in changing the course of history. Most importantly, we need to build this movement together with you!”

Any comments about climate change and the empowerment of women?

 

Letters Of Helena Roerich I, 1 March 1929…The woman who strives to knowledge and beauty, who realizes her lofty responsibility, will greatly uplift the whole level of life. …But in her striving toward education, woman must remember that all educational systems are only the means for the development of a higher knowledge and culture. The true culture of thought is developed by the culture of spirit and heart. Only such a combination gives that great synthesis without which it is impossible to realize the real grandeur, diversity, and complexity of human life in its cosmic evolution…

Rising Women, Rising World (RWRW) (featured March 2016) is a beautiful example of women today sourcing the deep feminine, the feminine intelligence, the intelligence of the heart. It’s an inspiring example of a petal of the Mother of the World (last month’s blog) in action on our planet. Five extraordinary women co-created a video in celebration of International Women’s Day, in which they talk about their journey with RWRW; they speak from their hearts in a very authentic, deep manner. They represent women with a higher consciousness that are working together to be part of the evolutionary change that is happening on our planet. Watch this video – it is a mind expanding and heart expanding experience. Feel the joy!

http://risingwomenrisingworld.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=9fc58ef3ba36beb89bcd9939e&id=6649d1a685&e=c4405d1326

Some core ideas that were expressed during the 40 minute video are:

“RWRW is a circle of strong women from all around the world with different areas of expertise working towards one whole…a greater intelligence… a holistic and integrated view of the world and a vision of a world that worked in a more integrated way… we created a sacred space for sacred activists to gain support and co-create together. At its core is listening with an open heart, being inclusive of every being and finding ones’ inner feminine strength and power to transform the world.

“Women that care about the awakening of consciousness. What breaks my heart…and I want to bring a salve for is the feminine has been minimized in the masculine world view: this deep encoded sense in women that ‘I am not enough,’ ‘I have to do to have value,’ ‘my being doesn’t really have value,’ that ‘I don’t belong and am not free to express my full self,’ that ‘I don’t have the power to make a difference’ in a world that is driven by the masculine world view. This is the evolutionary moment that is pressing us, inviting us to harvest all of our deep feminine wisdom and all of our healthy masculine strengths and bring them together in a way that has never been seen before..

“We are needed right now. We were born for these times. We need each other for sure. We are shifting a fragile evolutionary moment towards the positive. We download the future through a relational field…We need to open to our wholeness, to return Home within ourselves and from that place to do what we are specifically charged to do,  to make the world better for all.”

Watch the above video to be part of the change that is occurring on our planet right now.

All comments welcome – what struck your heart as you listened to this video?

 

 

               In an earlier blog (November 21, 2014) the World Mother was described as a Group Soul:

“…The World Mother collected these women around Her and created a many-petaled flower in which the women formed the petals and She stood at the core. A beautiful lotus of many petals now stands in space from which the petals, age after age, incarnate and later give birth to all heroes, world leaders, and Great Ones.

“This organized group in its totality is called the World Mother. But at the same time, each of the petals is called the Mother of the World because each petal represents the totality of the World Mother.” Sex, Family, and the Woman in Society by Torkom Saraydarian,  p. 532-533

           “The Law of Unity stands as the foundation of the World Mother. Every thought, emotion, or action that leads humanity towards greater unity is inspired by the World Mother. Every inspiration that comes to us which is related to beauty, goodness, right human relations, freedom, joy, gratitude, independence, and unity, comes from the World Mother….

           “When we listen to our own heartbeat, we must think that the heartbeat of the Cosmic Heart is also within us. We are part of the Cosmic Heart from which are projected all forces, energies and creative forms. This is the meaning of the Law of Unity…

           “The only power in the universe is the power of unity. In all aspects of humanity, unity is power. When humanity is united, we will make a great breakthrough into space…

            “There is no other path but the path towards unity and humanity must realize this. This is why Christ emphasized, ‘I am in you; you are in Me, and we are One in the Father. I am the tree and you are the branches.’ In these words He explained the mystery and glory of unity.

            “Women stand as a symbol of unification. The greatest mission of women is to bridge, unite, orchestrate, and symphonize.

“When integration and unity are finally achieved within humanity, The World Mother will have fulfilled Her responsibility….Sex, Family, and the Woman in Society p. 534

              “There are five techniques which women can practice to develop sensitivity towards the World Mother in their hearts.

  1. Retreat and find solitude. Women sometimes must escape to the mountains and live in solitude for a few days, with no reading, no television, and no radio. They must stay there in silence. When you are engaged twenty-four hours daily with the family and with business, you cannot pick up the higher inspiration of the World Mother. Solitude and retreat are needed.
  2. Observe periodic celibacy.
  3. Keep silent daily for one hour and weekly for six hours, if possible. In very tempting occasions keep your mouth zipped shut. Much psychic energy is wasted through idle speech.
  4. Try to be joyful every day for at least 10 minutes. Try to be really joyful and forget all your problems. Joyfulness starts the creative energies moving in your body.
  5. Try to bless someone every day, especially someone you do not like. Blessing means to send thoughts of beauty, goodness, health, happiness and joy to someone. Hold that person in a beautiful white light.

“These are the steps women can take to eventually become a petal in the flower of other World Mother.” Sex, Family, and Woman in Society, p. 536-537

Any comments? Any women you see that are petals of the Mother of the World? That stand for Unity?

 

What does the Ageless Wisdom have to say about the new era of women?

In the chapter, “Foundations for a New Women’s Movement,” we read:

“The higher values and qualities of women must be regenerated because from women come the foundations of nations, indeed the foundation of humanity itself. It is women who create. It is women who bring transformation to individuals and to the quality of life. It is women who inspire great heroic deeds. If we concentrate on the source, on women, making them really beautiful, then life as a whole will improve.

“When women of a nation hold themselves in dignity, in purity, beauty, and solemnity, that nation will progress. When the women degenerate, their nation will fail.” p.482 Sex, Family and Women in Society by Torkom Saraydarian

And how can we, as women (and men) prepare ourselves to help bring in the new era of women?

From a chapter entitled “The Mother of the World” we read:

“The first inspiration projected to humanity by the World Mother is to inspire women to stand for their rights….

“There are nine steps a woman can take in order to come closer to the World Mother and eventually become part of the World Mother, a messenger of the World Mother, and an interpreter of the wisdom that the World Mother has. These steps are to:

  1. Continuously develop within herself compassion. Compassion means universal, inclusive, endless love, not only for her friends and children, but also for the children of her enemies.
  2. Protect three things: Life, Beauty, and Unity.
  3. Develop direction. Direction leads to steady improvement-physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. As you improve, you have greater direction. Direction takes you toward perfection. Perfection is ever-progressive unfoldment.
  4. Develop intuition. Intuition is understanding and knowing without logic and reasoning. Intuition is direct understanding.
  5. Develop forgiveness.
  6. Develop love. To develop love means to expand your heart center so that it really receives the pure radiation of the World Mother. The qualities of the heart center are inclusiveness, dedication, sacrifice, and givingness.
  7. Develop tolerance. Tolerance is the ability to see beauty in others and leave people free to strive in the way they want.
  8. Develop creativity. Creativity means the ability to contact higher archetypes and prototypes and to bring them into manifestation. It means that your mind is now in rapport with the wisdom of the World Mother and you are able to give manifestation to Her wisdom through your poetry, paintings, music, dancing and different art forms.
  9. Express beauty as much as possible.” P. 535-536

On January 21, 2017  the Mother of the World smiled.

Wow! The Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017 was an uprising of love, courage, and determination by women (and men) all over the nation and the world to stand up for the values of the new era: inclusiveness, unity, compassion and strength. It was a milestone in the inauguration of the new era of women.

Excerpts from AZ NOW (National Organization of Women) blog post on January 24, 2017:

“A Million Thanks to Organizers and Marchers – Women Made History!

“The Washington March attendance was estimated at over half million and a rough total for all marchers in the U.S. ran as high as upwards of three million – declared the largest gathering of protest marchers in U.S. history…

“Amazing Response from Around the World – What was immensely gratifying was the response around the world: 673 cities in 70 countries, including a gathering of 30 people in Antarctica!. From London, to Tel Aviv, Moscow, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney – all declared their sisterhood with U.S. women in their advocacy for women’s equal rights…

“In sum, it is an amazing uprising of a global women’s consciousness that can be pivotal for change to bring about women’s equal rights, full reproductive health…, access to education and economic opportunities.”

Here’s Sophie Cruz,  a child immigrant activist at the Women’s March. She represents the hope for the future!

If you don’t see the video, copy and paste this in your browser to watch her speech:

Transcript of her speech:

“We are here together making a chain of love to protect our families. Let us fight with love, faith and courage, so that our families will not be destroyed. I also want to tell the children not to be afraid, because we are not alone. There are still many people that have their hearts filled with love and tenderness to snuggle in this path of life. Let’s keep together and fight for the rights. God is with us!”

As always, comments are welcome!

In Sex, Family, and the Woman in Society, Torkom Saraydarian writes:

“We are told that the New Age is the age of woman. What does that mean? It means that in the New Age woman must awaken and free herself from the slavery that man imposed on her.

“Woman in the Twentieth Century thinks that she is free. People deceive her, telling her that she is free; but because  psychologically, subconsciously, hypnotically man controls her life and uses her for his interest, she is not really free.” ” p. 464-465.

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There is a Women’s March on Washington occurring January 21, 2017 to champion women’s rights, human rights and inclusiveness.

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From the internet:

“While the march will occur right after the inauguration, the organization emphasized that the main target is not Trump himself. A Women’s March spokesman clarified to The Guardian: ‘We’re not targeting Trump specifically. It’s much more about being proactive about women’s rights.’”

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From the website, Women’s March on Washington:

“We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

OUR MISSION

…”In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

“We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.

“HEAR OUR VOICE.”

The National Co-chairs are three remarkable new era women who are joining together to coordinate a strong message from women all over the country and world:

From NPR:

Organizers Hope Women’s March On Washington Inspires, Evolves

December 21, 2016

“’This effort is not anti-Trump,’ Tamika Mallory (co-founder of the march) said. ‘This is pro-women. This is a continuation of a struggle women have been dealing with for a very long time. In this moment, we are connecting and being as loud as possible.’”

National Co-Chairs biographies from the Women’s March on Washington website include:

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TAMIKA D. MALLORY

“Tamika D. Mallory is nationally recognized as a fiery and outspoken champion for social justice who has worked closely with the Obama Administration as an advocate for civil rights issues, equal rights for women, health care, gun violence, and police misconduct. Tamika has been publicly applauded as “a leader of tomorrow” by Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Valerie B. Jarrett and was selected to serve on the transition committee of New York City Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio.

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CARMEN PEREZ

“Carmen Perez has dedicated 20 years to advocating for many of today’s important civil rights issues, including mass incarceration, gender equality, violence prevention, racial healing and community policing. As the Executive Director of The Gathering for Justice, a nonprofit founded by Harry Belafonte, Carmen has crossed the globe promoting peace through civil and human rights, building alternatives to incarceration and violence, and providing commentary and guidance for state and federal policy creation.

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LINDA SARSOUR

“Linda Sarsour is an award-winning, Brooklyn-born Palestinian-American-Muslim racial justice and civil rights activist, community organizer, social media maverick, and mother of three. Linda has been at the forefront of major social justice campaigns both locally in New York City and nationally.”

There are sister marches occurring all over the country and world for women’s rights and human rights.

Comments are always welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Women must become leaders. But remember, leadership is not position, but an influence that leads people toward beauty, goodness, justice, joy and freedom.” Torkom Saraydarian, Sex Family and the Woman in Society, p, 504.

Mary Robinson, in her leadership in the promotion of climate justice is such an influence.  She was featured in past blogs (September 2015 and January 2016.) Here’s an update and her comments on Climate Justice Day and the UN climate change negotiations in Morocco in her op-ed for Devex:

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Opinion: Climate action will not wait for 2020

By Mary Robinson 17 November 2016

“Marrakech is hosting the first Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change since the Paris agreement came into force — and the Moroccan hosts are making sure the focus is on “action.”

“Thousands of delegates representing 196 countries are at this “African COP,” slowly beginning to draft the rulebook that will guide climate action from 2020. But action will not wait for 2020; with climate impacts an everyday reality climate action has already begun.

“The Paris agreement is a symbol of success for multilateralism: never before has an international agreement been signed by so many countries and ratified so quickly. Climate change continues to be an issue that brings countries to the negotiating table; no country alone can protect its citizens from the impacts of climate change, just as no country alone will dismantle this agreement.

“But having secured not just the Paris agreement but also the Sustainable Development Goals, the imperative now is implementation — to reach the goals set in 2015. One way or another the transition to low-carbon, climate-resilient development has begun.

“The benefits of a new way of doing business, of sharing the earth’s resources equitably and of ensuring a bright future for today’s young people and generations to come are within our grasp. Climate action is happening and there is a choice to to be made by all of us — to choose a transition with climate justice or a transition without climate justice.

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“Marrakech plays host to the first ever Climate Justice Day at a COP. This reflects the commitment of the Moroccan presidency of the COP and Patricia Espinosa, the executive secretary of the climate change convention, to equitable and people-centred solutions to climate change.

“Climate Justice Day offers a time to celebrate the fact that the Paris agreement gives unprecedented attention to the social dimensions of climate change and the need to respect and protect the rights of all people, including women, indigenous people, workers and migrants, in climate action.

“Cities, communities, businesses and countries are already taking action to reduce emissions and to collectively achieve the goals set down in Paris to keep warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius and to pursue 1.5 degrees Celsius. These actions are also delivering the SDGs as they embrace sustainable transport and food production, build resilient cities and low carbon infrastructure, and improve human well-being through enhanced access to education and health care. The choice is whether or not we put people at the center of these actions, making sure that the actions respect human rights and share the benefits equitably. Everyone needs to be involved if we are to take action on the scale required to mobilize a zero-carbon revolution.

“This transition from a fossil fuel dependent development is happening in an increasingly fractured world. It is worth reflecting on the time we find ourselves in and what it means for global development, justice and cooperative action.

“In this past year, as I traveled to Africa, the Middle East and Europe, to the United States and Latin America, I was struck by the moment of history we are in. Violence, injustice and natural disasters are all taking their toll. It is hard as observers of the news and social media not to be worried and afraid as this deluge of suffering, hate and intolerance undermines human dignity.

“It is no wonder that people are fearful when the messages they hear from some of their leaders and in certain media outlets seem to threaten their way of life or tell them there is something to be scared of.

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“At times of change and anxiety such as people around the world are experiencing now, the challenge is to get people engaged, positively, for a better future, rather than to exclude them or let them withdraw. Being engaged is empowering. Being empowered to engage is critical. When people are empowered they can demand dignity and defend their rights. The right to participation is fundamental to an inclusive and healthy society — and indeed climate justice. And inclusive diverse and tolerant societies are what is needed to deliver the transformation we need to sustainable development and a zero-carbon, climate-resilient world. Governments cannot achieve the SDGs or implement the Paris agreement’s goals without the actions of their citizens.

“In recent years the narrative on climate change has changed, from one of doom and gloom to one of purpose and opportunity. For example, many business leaders have stopped seeing climate actions and the need to reduce carbon emissions as a threat to business. “Instead, they can see the benefits in terms of reduced risk and the potential for innovation, new technologies and greater efficiency through low-carbon alternatives.

“This change in narrative — as climate technologies have been developed and the benefits of sustainable development have been better understood — is one of the reasons why an ambitious agreement was possible in Paris last year.

“Recent world events could be interpreted as a demonstration of the fact that people are fearful of change. But this only applies to those who have something to lose and who have benefited from fossil fuel powered growth. For the millions who have not benefitted from the current way of doing things, change is good — a chance of something better.

“For them, a new approach to development based on inclusiveness, equity and sustainability is the chance of a better life. It is up to us all to make sure that we achieve sustainable development for all and leave no one behind in the transition to a zero-carbon, zero-poverty world.”

Comments are welcome! What are we doing at this time of change? Are we engaged and empowered?

Letters Of Helena Roerich II, 17 May 1937. The first task which faces women is to insist in all countries upon full rights and equal education with men; to try with all their might to develop their thinking faculties, and, above all, to learn to stand on their own feet without leaning altogether upon men…I believe that woman should be even more educated and cultured than man, for indeed it is she who instills in her family the first concepts of knowledge, culture, and understanding of statesmanship.

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Michelle Obama and her husband, President Barak Obama are a new era couple.  Michelle Obama, with the support of her husband, President Obama launched a new initiative “Let Girls Learn” to support girls’ education, especially adolescent girls’ education around the world. She wants to help girls break down the barriers to being able to learn. She is a powerful example herself of someone who broke down the barriers and she has the heart to connect with girls around the world and help them stand up to get educated despite the odds. Her initiative was documented by CNN Films’ “We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World,” on CNN International October 11, 2016 and CNN US October 12, 2016.

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Why educate girls? Here’s a short video explaining the urgent need:

https://youtu.be/YGQMjMyhfaw

Here’s another short video  entitled “Every girl deserves an education” which includes snippets of President Obama and Michelle Obama launching Let Girls Learn:

https://youtu.be/-zhWU64TFk8

 

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Below is the longer version of the complete speeches of President Obama introducing his wife’s new initiative “Let Girls Learn” and Michelle Obama launching it.  It’s a significant example of leaders, men and women, working together to address and solve pressing problems such as the lack of girls’ education in the world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuFQz1zbNog

As Michelle Obama states, both she and President Obama come from the grassroots level and believe in community-based solutions, where community members are empowered to make their own decisions and are given the tools to be successful.

In the CNN film, “We Will Rise” there is a particularly powerful and moving segment featuring Michelle Obama speaking honestly and passionately with African girls about their value and their courage. She connects with them and answered girls questions about how she got where she is and what are her strengths: She states she believed in herself and honored the struggles she’s had to endure, which have made her stronger. Each day, she brings her passion, confidence, and trust to whatever she is doing and “is herself.”  She encourages the girls to have pride and confidence in who they are – that they are unique to overcome their challenges.

In “Let Girls Learn”, the First Lady coordinated government programs such as The Peace Corps and US Aid, to strengthen the efforts to help adolescent girls, in particular, to get an education around the world. They are also partnering with private corporations and non-profits and building stronger coalitions all the time.

From the first lady’s written introduction to “We Will Rise” here’s an update:

“Now, as first lady, I have no budget of my own for programs, and I have no authority to make or pass laws. That’s why, when we first launched Let Girls Learn, many folks doubted that we could make a real impact on this global issue.

“But over the past year and a half, we’ve established partnerships with some of the world’s largest companies and organizations that are committing money, resources and expertise. We’re collaborating with countries like Canada, Mexico and the Nordic countries on girls’ education efforts. Countries like Japan, South Korea, and the United Kingdom have collectively pledged nearly $600 million.

“The United States is investing over a billion dollars through new and ongoing efforts and running Let Girls Learn programs in more than 50 countries. The World Bank Group will be investing $2.5 billion over the next five years. And through social media campaigns, Let Girls Learn has rallied people across America and across the globe to step up and be champions for girls worldwide.

“All this is happening because time and again, whether it’s a head of state, a corporate CEO, or a 15-year-old girl here in the United States, when people hear the stories of girls who aren’t in school, they want to help.

“That’s why CNN’s new film on global girls’ education, “We Will Rise,” airing for the first time this week, is so critically important — because it tells these girls’ stories.

“This powerful film chronicles the lives of some of the girls I visited this past summer in Liberia and Morocco, two countries in Africa where many girls struggle to get an education. I was joined in my travels by the actors and activists Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto, who are also passionate about girls’ education, as well as CNN anchor Isha Sesay.

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“Together, we sat down with girls in both countries to discuss the barriers they face and the dreams they hold for their futures. Like so many girls around the world, many of these girls come from families struggling with poverty. Some endure dangerous commutes to and from school each day. Others face cultural pressures to drop out, marry young and start having children of their own.

“But these girls have big plans for their lives. They want to attend college and become doctors, teachers, engineers, entrepreneurs; and day after day, they do whatever it takes to get the education they need to fulfill their dreams. They get up before dawn, and spend hours harvesting crops, cooking for their families and tending to their younger siblings before heading to class. After school, they work as maids and in factories, and they study for hours late into the night.

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“I hope you will be as moved by their stories as I was — and I hope you’ll visit LetGirlsLearn.gov to learn more about how you can take action to help girls like them worldwide go to school.

“Unlike so many girls around the world, we have a voice. That’s why, particularly on this year’s International Day of the Girl, I ask that you use yours to help these girls get the education they deserve. They’re counting on us, and I have no intention of letting them down. I plan to keep working on their behalf, not just for the rest of my time as first lady, but for the rest of my life. I hope you will join me.”

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Here’s an inspiring example of Let Girls Learn programs: (Egyptian science whizzes – girls!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy33wq6_eK4

And finally this is the Let Girls Learn PSA. Enjoy the celebrities!

https://youtu.be/z1B8n_xqB8g

As always comments are welcome!

 

Letters Of Helena Roerich II, 9 August 1937…  The tragedy of life touches woman more than man, and we know that suffering is a great teacher. Also, let us not belittle the abilities or talents of woman. Give to woman a proper education and a chance to participate directly in the building of life, and she will not be inferior in common sense to the stronger sex. According to the definition of a certain thinker, genius consists of one-third ability and two-thirds hard and systematic work. The miracles of a genius are always the miracles of work, but what in the eyes of ordinary people constitutes hard work is always a joy for a genius. Therefore, wherever the conditions were favorable for such labor, woman has not yielded any ground to the stronger sex in her achievements...

Here’s a short video about Women for Women International (WfWI):

Listen below to the conversation between those “in the trenches” and the US sponsors here at home. This is unity; this is bonding across the miles to help our fellow sisters. This creates the feeling of a “small world”  where we realize we are all in this together.

One of the most interesting new developments discussed below is the creation of the Men’s Engagement program in which men discover what the women are learning in the program, the challenges women have and how to support them at home. Men are encouraged to look at women’s rights from the Islamic point of view. WfWI starts by getting buy in from male community leaders; then the husbands and men in the women’s lives are open and have a positive response to the work.

Excerpted from a WfWI email:

Transcending Terror: The Strength of Syrian, Yezidi and Afghan Women

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Since 2002, Women for Women International-Afghanistan has served more than 51,000 women through our yearlong program. Photo credit: Women for Women International, 2014

“Recently, WfWI held a supporter conference call featuring Mandana Hendessi, Country Director for Afghanistan and Iraq, and Pari Ibrahim, Executive Director of the Free Yezidi Foundation. Mandana and Pari shared insight on the plight of the Yezidi population and our collective work to best serve Yezidi, Syrian refugee and Afghan women in both Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and Afghanistan.

“Thank you to everyone who participated, and for those who may have missed it you can still listen to a recording of the event here!

As always, comments are welcome!

Letters Of Helena Roerich I, 7 October 1930:

The idea of creating the unity of women the world over is more than timely.

In the difficult days of world upheavals, of human disunity, of the neglecting of all the higher principles of Being, which are the only true givers of life and which lead to the evolution of the world, there must be heard a voice calling for the resurrection of the spirit and for the bringing of the fire of achievement into all the actions of life. And, of course, this voice must be the voice of woman, who during millenniums has drunk the chalice of suffering and humiliation and has forged her spirit in the greatest patience.
Now, let woman-the Mother of the World-say, “Let there be Light,” and let her affirm her fiery achievements. What will this Light be like, and which of her achievements will be the great fiery ones? The banner of spirit will be raised, and upon it will be inscribed “Love, Knowledge and Beauty.” Yes, only the heart of the woman, the mother, may gather under this Banner the children of the whole world, without distinctions of sex, race, nationality and religion.

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         The Nurture Project International (NPI) is an example of New Era Women gathering their forces of “love, knowledge, and beauty” to help mothers and children who are refugees in Europe and the Middle East to survive the current crisis. It is their hearts that move them and their hearts that heal. Below is the touching story of a woman who answered this call. It was sent to me by one of our co-workers and written by a La Leche leader in Mississippi,  posted as a blog:

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Why me? Why you?

July 1, 2016

“One month ago I was traveling to Polycastro, Greece a step into the unknown. I left my wonderful husband and two children at home in Mississippi to do something I had never done before. I was going to provide lactation support to Syrian refugees.

“That last sentence sounds so simple and straight forward. I am a mother who breastfed her own children. I am a volunteer lactation counselor with La Leche League. I have helped many mothers breastfeed. I knew the two weeks in Greece would be full of new experiences. What I did not know was the intensity with which my heart and spirit would change.

“Last year, my dad died unexpectedly and a few weeks later I miscarried a baby girl at 15 weeks gestation. Both came with such a shock, my happy world was changed. As I emerged from those devastating events, I found myself with a feeling that is difficult to describe. I was restless. I didn’t trust what I had previously believed to be true. I wanted more from life. I had discovered emotions deeper than I knew existed. I wanted to put the depth of my heart to good use.

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“While mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, the ad shown above appeared. It was speaking to me. Someone, somewhere needed the skills I had. Someone needed my raw heart. Someone was in a deep unexpected pain and I knew what that felt like.

“I didn’t know anything about Syria, Greece, refugees or the entire Middle East. I stopped watching the news years ago. I quickly discovered that Syria was in ongoing, complicated war. After years of fighting and hoping for a resolution, thousands upon thousands of Syrians were leaving. They packed a bag, picked up their kids and walked out their door in search of a safer place. I know if I had to do that, I would want a friendly face on the other end of that journey. I decided to go to Greece to offer an empathetic smile and a hug to the mothers who made that journey.

“I am happy that Nurture Project International found me. As an organization, we share the same values. We respect mothers and recognize that through supporting mothers we can make the world a better place for generations to come. We know that breastfeeding not only saves lives though better health, but has the power to build strong mothers. While working in refugee camps, I met with mothers one on one. I offered technical assistance and breastfeeding support.  But more often, I showed that I cared. The refugees are in terrible circumstances and the kindness of a Nurture Project International volunteer can give them hope to keep going – to keep hugging their children – to keep waking up – to keep hoping for a bright future. Nurture Project International volunteers save lives.

“When I told people about my trip to Greece, they wanted to send things. Baby carriers, diapers, clothes, formula, bottles. There are all kinds of important reasons not to send stuff. More importantly, I can tell you what the refugees in Greece need: They need YOU.

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“I know you have reasons why you can’t go. I had reasons too. You don’t have money. You have family to take care of. You have school. You have work. You don’t have a passport. You don’t speak Greek or Arabic or Farsi. You are scared to travel overseas. You have people at home that need you. You feel panicky when you think about walking into a refugee camp. You don’t know about refugees. You don’t know about Muslims. You are scared.

“Take a breath. Breathe in Peace. Breathe out fear, pain, anything that is not love and peace. The families in refugee camps escaped a terrible war. They ran away from terrorists. The world is stuck. Tens of thousands of people are looking for a peaceful home and the world was not ready for that. World leaders don’t know what to do. But, you can do something. You can save a life. You can spread love and peace simply by your presence.

“I am asking you to go to raise your hand. Be brave. Be part of the change. I will help you.”

Bianca
me@biancawooden.com

Here’s a video describing Nurture Project International (NPI)

You may need to copy and paste it in your browser. It can also be found under the Blog tab of the Nurture Project International website nurtureprojectinternational.org

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From the Nurture Project International website:

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“Nurture Project International is run by a small group of people from around the globe who are dedicated to health and human rights.”

The Core Team

“Our core team is comprised of a group of dedicated volunteers who work around the clock to support our teams on the ground, engage supporters, develop the organisation, fundraise, and create projects that will allow NPI to provide the most support possible. All of our core team is unpaid, all have young children at home, and most work a second job in addition to their work at NPI.

“Without this team of women NPI would not exist and the critical care that the in-field teams provide would not be possible. They are the core of the entire organisation who give their heart and soul to making the world a better place.”

The volunteers

“The women who volunteer for NPI are an amazing and inspirational group of women who don’t run from change; they run toward it. They carry all the power they need inside themselves already: they have the power to imagine better.

“They are midwives, breastfeeding consultants, IBCLCs, nutritionists, translators, and lay volunteers. They come from all cultures and all corners of the globe.

“To the dream team, to all the amazing women that have come from all over to stand up for our fellow woman. To hold a sacred space for our sisters.

“A cheer to our global NPI sisterhood”

As always, comments are welcome! Thank you Bonnie for this inspirational story!