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We Are Malala

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousufzai is a 14-year old Pakistani activist whose only crime was wanting an education.  On October 9th, Malala was shot twice, once in the head and once in the neck, in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus.  In spite of a fatwa issued by a group of 50 Islamic clerks in Pakistan against those who tried to killer, the Taliban has reiterated its intent to kill Malala and her father, Ziauddin.

In spite of her young age, Malala is an experienced activist, coming to prominence continue reading…

International Day of the Girl

International Day of the Girl October 11 2012

Happy Girl Day!

Today, October 11, 2012, is the first observance of International Day of the Girl.

On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly passed the Resolution on the International Day of the Girl Child, “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” 

The campaign to establish this international day was led continue reading…

mr mom

A recent NY Times article highlighted a growing trend: stay-at-home dads. These men are not the stereotypical Mr. Mom-type dads. These are men who have embraced household challenges and bucked traditional gender roles while bringing a new perspective to parenting.

“Whoever has more time can take on the domestic role,” says Karl Taro Greenfeld, author of the new novel Triburbia. “There isn’t any shame or even any social awkwardness.”

This increase in fathers who have chosen to be the at-home parent stems from several current economic trends. Approximately 40% of women earn more than their spouses, and the economic downturn that began in continue reading…

Declare Your Independence!

Fourth of July Independence Day Curves for Change

Every year, holidays roll around and we often don’t think about their origin. With all of the parties, celebrations and sales going on, the true meaning of a holiday is sometimes lost. This Independence Day we would ask that you think of those who are not as fortunate, who have nowhere near the “independence” we are lucky enough to possess. continue reading…

Sex Trafficking in Your Own Backyard?

sex trafficking on the rise in the U.S.

As we have written about earlier, one of the charities we have chosen this year, The Somaly Mam Foundation, rescues girls and young women who are being sex trafficked in Southeast Asia. However, what many people don’t realize is that this is a problem that exists not just “over there,” in some remote part of the world, but right here, in our own back yard.

In fact, a recent investigation by Interpol found that child sex trafficking has jumped drastically in the United States. It is estimated that continue reading…

Charity: Somaly Mam Foundation

Somaly Mam

In 2012, Curves for Change will be working to further the mission of Somaly Mam Foundation. Through education and empowerment of women, and through rescue resources, we can unite to make the world safer for women and children globally. continue reading…

Results: Komera Project

Komera Project is a C4C Unity recipient in 2010. Using our platform brought a voice to their cause.

From Margaret Butler, Komera Co-Founder and President:

“C4C has not only been an incredible support to the Komera Project, but also embodies our organizational beliefs: standing up for women’s rights and empowerment around the world. They are passionate women who are focused on making a positive difference – we could not have a better partner.”

Results: Hardy Girls, Healthy Women

As we look ahead to our partnerships for 2012, we reflect on the results of 2011. Thanks to everyone for uniting to help girls in 38 countries through this small organization, Hardy Girls Healthy Women

A report from Megan Williams, President at HGHW:

We’ve been so grateful to have the opportunity to partner with Curves for Change. Thanks to their fundraising and outreach efforts, we’ve raised the visibility of Hardy Girls Healthy Women in New York City and with the funds donated to Hardy Girls, 22 low-income girls have participated in one of Hardy Girls’ Girls’ Coalition Groups for free where they’ve learned to trust one another and do social activism.

Charity: Hardy Girls, Healthy Women

 

Hardy Girls, Healthy Women is or second choice for platform awareness in 2010. A non-profit organization whose vision is that all girls and women experience equality, safety, and independence in their everyday lives, their mission is to develop programs, provide resources and create opportunities for girls and women that empower them.

HGHW actively listens to girls’ thoughts and opinions regarding the messages they absorb from our culture and the media, supporting their needs for something that better reflects their own realities — more diverse bodies, abilities and interests.

Charity: The Komera Project

The Komera Project is one of the Curves for Change benefactors. The project is a not-for-profit organization that advances secondary education in Rwanda by providing both mentorship and financial support to girls for whom secondary education is otherwise not possible. It is founded on the understanding that as girls continue their education, they improve their earning potential, their health and their sense of self-worth thereby enabling them to break the bonds of poverty.

The Komera Project also engages students in the US. Students can participate in achieving the Komera mission through their Run to Rwanda curriculum, an interactive program of educational materials and sponsored runs/walks.

“You will never break the cycle of poverty or disease without educating girls. It won’t happen”  -Paul Farmer, Founder, Partners in Health