Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Golden Vagina

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“Educate a boy, and you educate an individual. Educate a girl, and you educate a community.” -Greg Mortenson

Chime to Create Lasting Change for Empowering Women and Girls

If you have ever seen Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon the villain of the film is a hard hearted woman named Jade Fox. She was the lover of a Martial Arts Master who taught martial arts at an prestigious all boys school. The entire plot of the film is driven by Fox's bitterness which fuels her revenge. Fox is considered good enough for the Master to sleep with but not marry, and he refuses to teach her martial arts due to the simple fact she is a woman. Does art imitate life or visa versa? For centuries, women around the world have been used as the Golden Sexual Spoils of Economic Warfare but are often deprived of basic education, health care and work opportunities which eventually becomes a cycle to debilitate women’s ability to earn an income and maintain a decent quality of life. When a woman is unable to earn decent income, she is bound to servitude and poverty. Single mothers are usually at the highest risk for extreme poverty because their income is insufficient to provide for their children which lowers their children’s possibilities for good nourishment and education. Deprivation passes on from one generation of women to the next, leading to a perpetual Feminization of Poverty.

According to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, the Feminization of Poverty is defined as, " majority of the 1.5 billion people living on 1 dollar a day or less are women. In addition, the gap between women and men caught in the cycle of poverty has continued to widen in the past decade, a phenomenon commonly referred to as "the feminization of poverty". Worldwide, women earn on average slightly more than 50 per cent of what men earn. Women living in poverty are often denied access to critical resources such as credit, land and inheritance. Their labour goes unrewarded and unrecognized. Their health care and nutritional needs are not given priority, they lack sufficient access to education and support services, and their participation in decision-making at home and in the community are minimal. Caught in the cycle of poverty, women lack access to resources and services to change their situation."

People consider women in the United States to be lucky, but gender discrimination in the labor force does not allow the majority of women equal pay for equal work. A single woman working full time, year round at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour earns just $14,500 – nearly $4,000 below the poverty line for a family of three. In 2012, women made up 61 percent of all full-time workers who were paid minimum wage or less and nearly two-thirds of workers in tipped occupations. Women workers provide care for children and frail elders, clean offices and homes, wait tables and 59% do not have a spouses income to rely on. It is time women are paid equally for the contributions we make to society as a labor force.

Worldwide it is essential for women to unite, peacfully protest and continue to push for legislation; to increase womens wages, protect our labor laws, legally hold men responsible for paying child support or being automatically drafted in the military for work if they are unable to provide financial assistance or hold a job, and provide girls with access to quality education and health care in order to raise the bar on the quality of our lives. We can all agree, it is CHIME FOR CHANGE.

The CHIME FOR CHANGE concert rocked London back in early summer with the help of several of our best entertainers from the United States and abroad as a fundraiser to support women and girls charities around the world but their work is far from over. Together, they teamed up and used their spotlight to draw attention to Global issues currently effecting women and children. Focusing specifically on a campaign to help, “ Promote Education, Health and Justice for every girl, every woman, everywhere."

CHIME FOR CHANGE was founded by Gucci but co-founded by Beyoncé, Salma Hayek and Frida Giannini. Partnering organizations include UNICEF, the Global Fund for Women and Plan International. Plenty of star studded support helped them educate citizens on the complicated issues facing women and girls today. In front of a sold out audience, celebrities took turns discussing how women face greater hardships and obstacles lifting themselves and their children out of poverty. Around the world, poor women suffer less access to education, healthcare, property, jobs training and capital than poor men. Although women make up 70% of the world’s 1.5 billion people on the planet, there are many living in absolute poverty, earning less than $2 USD a day. One by one, each celebrity, including Prince Harry, “Chimed for a Change” focusing on the causes closest to their hearts in order to raise awareness and funds for the charities providing aid to help solve the problems women and children are facing today. Every celebrity took a stand for Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls around the World on issues such as;

EDUCATION: Out of 114 million children not in school, 60% are girls and two-thirds of 876 million illiterate adults are women.

HEALTH: Every minute a woman dies of complications related to pregnancy or childbirth (more than 500,000 women every year.) 42 million people live with the AIDS virus, of which 39 million are in developing countries; today half of the infected people are women and 14 million children have lost one or both parents to AIDS.

JUSTICE: One in three women are beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused by an intimate partner in the course of her lifetime. Each year almost 500,000 women and young girls are forced to enter Western Europe as part of the illegal sex trade.

EQUALITY: Women perform 66% of the world’s work, produce 50% of the food, but earn 10% of the income and own 1% of the property. Women are paid 77% of what men earn, even with the same qualifications. UNICEF, “estimates around 150 million children aged 5-14 in developing countries, about 16 percent in this age group are involved in child labor.”

Together, as a Global Community we can help make a difference in the lives of thousands of women and children by supporting any of the following CHIME FOR CHANGE Projects:

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan & Abhishek Bachchan’s, Chime For Change Project:

Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s, Chime For Change Project:

Beyonce's, Chime For Change Projects:

Blake Lively’s, Chime For Change Project:

Ellie Goulding’s, Chime For Change Project:

Florence & The Machine, Chime For Change Projects:

Frida Giannini's Chime For Change Projects:

Freida Pinto’s, Chime For Change Project:

Gloria Steinem’s, Chime For Change Project:

Haim’s, Chime For Change Project:

Prince Harry’s, Chime For Change Project:

Iggy Azalea’s, Chime For Change Project:

Jada Pinkett Smith’s, Chime For Change Project:

James Franco’s, Chime For Change Project:

Jennifer Lopez’s, Chime For Change Project:

John Legend & Jessica Chastain’s, Chime For Change Project:

Laura Pausini's, Chime For Change Project :

Leymah Gbowee’s, Chime For Change Project:

Mpho Tutu’s, Chime For Change Project:

Rita Ora’s, Chime For Change Project:

Ryan Reynolds’s, Chime For Change Project:

Salma Hayek Pinault’s, Chime For Change Projects:

Timbaland’s, Chime For Change Project:

Zoe Saldana’s, Chime For Change Project:

If you missed the International Broadcast of the CHIME FOR CHANGE Concert, you can visit to learn more about the individual projects each celebrity is supporting and discover which causes YOU will get involved in and “Chime 4.”

Donate to Chime for Change: Text CHIME to 50555 to Give $10

About the Writer

Native Texan full of Southern Charm, ;) Art Director and Fashion Photographer with a background in Luxury Apparel. Producer of a Television show called " Art4Charity " that spotlights Philanthropists, non-profits, volunteers, and companies doing positive deeds around the world. Volunteer Art Therapy teacher to homeless children and activist.
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