Monday Motivation: From Exploitation to Prevention

We love stories of hope! They are reminders that lives can change, that we can be a part of the process, and that a desperate situation is not condemned to stay that way. They give us perspective about our own lives and remind us that we've been blessed.Today's story comes from one of our jewelry partners, Eden Ministry. The girl's name is Xiao Ping."Xiao Ping loved chatting with he…

The Reality of Economic Inequality

While the lesser status, fewer opportunities, and missing resources of impoverished women worldwide stand out like bold, accusing letters in our world of fine print and rhetoric, their real, specific needs may be less clear. It doesn't take much searching to discover these exigencies, however - just a practical outlook, listening, and empathy.Probably the most vital need is for a system shift - th…

Monday Motivation: Kindness and Love Made Her Heart Thaw

It's Monday... again. Those keep happening! Our worlds can get pretty small, can't they? We can get caught up in the mundane and trivial, the technological difficulties, our first-world problems, and coffee headaches, but the world is a bit bigger than us, isn't it?This is our wakeup call, our reminder that lives around the globe have been profoundly affected by trafficking, that there is HOPE for…

The Scoop on Income and Education Disparity Between the Genders

These past several days, the Third International Conference on Financing for Development has been gathered in Ethiopia with the intent, essentially, of blueprinting global goals and the budget to achieve them for the next fifteen years. This is a crucial time to make changes for gender equality and for the creation of worldwide systems that improve, not impede, women's ability to have practical an…

What Does Shark Week Have to Do with Sex Trafficking?

This week (July 5th-12th) is the 28th Shark Week for Discovery Channel, a week millions of viewers drop everything to watch specials about sharks. Last year alone drew 42 million viewers (approximately the population of Argentina). There will be posts all over Facebook about how much people love sharks - but even more than sharks, they love shark week.It's kind of a bandwagon thing. Many people wh…

Monday Motivation: "I have dreams, and I can fly!"

We need to hear stories of hope. Hope is our mainstay in a world that is dark and often unkind.Mondays after long weekends can be okay. We might be refreshed, but sometimes holidays are more tiring than the rest of the week. We might need a boost to keep going.We could get bogged down in Monday, but instead, we can remember that we have been blessed with freedom. And women around the world are exp…