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Women of Peace Corps Legacy

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"Dining for Women is an exceptional organization – a “giving circle” that funds projects in the developing world benefiting women and girls who live in extreme poverty.  Only women and girls, though the men and boys in the communities often benefit indirectly.  They fund education programs, including scholarships; health programs, including maternal and child health; empowerment programs, leadership programs, water and food security, and many more.  There are thousands of such projects around the world and I am constantly amazed at the selflessness of the people who found and support these projects.  Many of them are former Peace Corps Volunteers.  Dining for Women provides an opportunity for any woman in the U.S. to contribute to and feel a part of the education and empowerment of women around the world who don’t have a voice in their own communities.  Some of the programs Dining for Women has supported are:  an education and training program to prevent human trafficking in Vietnam; a maternal and child health program in Peru;  leadership and skills training for indigenous women in Guatemala;  microcredit for women in Uganda; training skilled birth attendants in Haiti;  eradicating bonded labor of young girls, educating them, and providing vocational training and leadership development in Nepal, to name just a few.  There are so many organizations in the developing world that deserve support, and Dining for Women provides the opportunity to women in the U.S.  to give that support in a significant way."

                                                                                                                                                                      -Susan Malick

"I'm privileged to work at the United Nations Foundation, a public charity founded by philanthropist Ted Turner to support UN causes. We support several initiatives and organizations that do fantastic work on behalf of women and girls everywhere. A few examples include GirlUp, the Universal Access Project, and the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA)."


                                                                                                                                                                      -Justine Desmarais

"I am researching ‘Dining for Women’ and would like to set up a chapter in my county."

                                                                                                                                                                         -Lee Lacy

"Annie Griffiths is a photographer who has often worked with the National Geographic. She helped create Ripple Effect Images – a team of journalists who create videos and images of small women-owned/run microenterprise organizations to help them raise funds. They are doing amazing work:"

                                                                                                                                                                       -Laara Manler

Click here to view more organizations working in global women's and girls' issues.

ArtWorks for Freedom

ArtWorks for Freedom uses the power of art to raise awareness about modern day slavery and human trafficking. Working locally and globally and engaging art in all its forms, we are transforming public perceptions, educating individuals, communities and policy makers, and inspiring action to put an end to modern day slavery.

They galvanize community-based awareness and public education campaigns that combine exhibits, performances, film series, lectures and creative opportunities for dialogue to draw attention to human trafficking and to empower individuals and communities to be part of the solution to this human rights tragedy.

Dining for Women

"Dining for Women is a global giving circle that funds grassroots programs working in developing countries to fight gender inequality. Dining for Women celebrates the power of the individual to see an injustice and act to change it; to see need and act to fill it. Dining for Women’s members are deeply involved in the programs we support and the problems we seek to address. Our education component is equally as important as our fundraising.

Although we raised more than $4.1 million between 2003 and 2014, our members are generally not wealthy. Our average donation is $35 – just about the amount you might spend for a weeknight dinner out. Our collective-giving model is proving that small contributions, aggregated together, can make a huge difference. This is especially true in the most impoverished areas of the world, where some subsist on less than $1.25 a day."

Girls on the Run

"We believe that every girl
can embrace who she is,
can define who she wants to be,
can rise to any challenge,
can change the world.

 Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Girl Up

"Girls are powerful. When they’re educated, healthy, and safe, they transform their communities. When girls stand up for girls in need, they empower each other and transform our world. As the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign, Girl Up engages girls to take action. Led by a community of nearly half a million passionate advocates raising awareness and funds, our efforts help the hardest to reach girls living in places where it is hardest to be a girl.

Girl Up provides financial and other support to the UN through joint UN programs in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Liberia, Malawi. and India. Since 2010, Girl Up has partnered with the United Nations to support programs that give girls an equal chance for education, health, social and economic opportunities, and a life free from violence."

"You know I think we can truly say that Peace Corps is, and has been, doing this for 55 years. Women serving overseas, being role models for young women around the globe is an amazing story and an inspirational one. Peace Corps Volunteers inspire and support young women to be risk takers and dreamers. The new Peace Corps initiative “Let Girls Learn” in many ways is only recognition of this 55 year experience."

                                                                                                                                                                      -Kate Raftery


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We ask that you commit to elevate girls and women not only down the street but around the world. In turn, we will share with you those organizations and programs we believe are impacting girls and women globally through education and empowerment. Our ASK is that you support these groups with your time and resources however you can. And please send us the names of other organizations doing amazing work so we can share their stories as well!