Women Around The World by Mary Heston

THE RIGHT TO DRIVE

In Saudi Arabia a woman was charged with Driving and sentenced to 10 lashes for this offense. Driving. I cannot even imagine a life without my driver’s license. Women in Saudi Arabia recently won the right to vote but they still cannot drive. The twitter hashtag #women2drive was lit up this week following this story. Finally, the tweet on Wednesday that we had all hoped for started circulating RT @AmeerahAltaweel: #women2drive Thank God, the lashing of Shaima is cancelled. Thanks to our beloved King. I’m … Next time you get the urge to text and drive put your cell phone down and think about these women in Saudi who would love to just have the right to drive their car without fear of being lashed.

WOMEN SUFFER THE MOST FROM THE WORLD WATER CRISIS

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Our friends at the Balancing Act on Lifetime Television http://thebalancingact.com/ sent us information on the cause “A Spring for Hope”. A Spring of Hope is a non-profit foundation that builds water wells in rural African schools to improve community health conditions and to promote education at a grassroots level. You can support this cause with just two little clicks.

Citibank is donating money to the cause with the most votes. Voting is now open – http://on.fb.me/qZVQMK . For more information on this project visit their Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Spring-of-Hope/9246694878

WORLD PEACE ONE MICRO LOAN AT A TIME

One way we can empower women around the world is by helping them start and run their own business. In many parts of the world this might be a small matter of $200 for fabric to start or expand their own business. Kiva is a company that helps match a lender with a micro loan project around the world. Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

Hillary Clinton has been a long time supporter of the micro loan. “For many years, I have believed in the power of these small loans,” Clinton said, standing in a modest village temple as turquoise ceiling fans whirred over her head. “You are really making a better future for yourselves, your families, your villages and your country.”

Find out more about this program here http://www.kiva.org/lend

AT THE END OF THE DAY

So at the end of a really hectic day, when you feel like you may not have made any progress and your kids are complaining about what you have planned for dinner, pour yourself a tall glass of cool water instead of that glass of wine. Take a look at that glass of water and realize how lucky we are that we have fresh water at our fingertips, food for our kids to complain about and a driver’s license in our wallet and pick up your mouse and start clicking.

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