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…

Monday Motivation: A Journey of Forgiveness and Healing

We need to hear stories of hope. Hope is our mainstay in a world that is dark and often unkind.We especially need to hear stories of hope on Mondays, when it's hard to get the motivation to get back to work after the weekend. We could get caught up in the nastiness of Mondays, but instead let's celebrate that lives are being transformed through dignity! This week, our story of hope and transformat…

What's the Fuss About Backpage?

If you've ever Googled "Backpage.com", particularly under the News heading, then you're aware that the conversation surrounding the classifieds website is unpleasant and disheartening. The gist of the issue is that Backpage has allowed ads that have been associated with trafficking (I heard an expert presenting on the state of trafficking in America say that you can order a child prostitute on Bac…

Monday Motivation: "I am lovable and capable"

Mondays can be hard. It can be hard to leave a weekend of rest and relaxation, especially in the summer, to go back to work. Sometimes our weekends weren't even that restful, and we've got yet another day to keep our kids entertained and fed while they're on summer break.We need to hear stories of hope. Hope is our mainstay in a world that is dark and often unkind.When we could get bogged do…