Saturday, January 30, 2010

Human Trafficking

There IS something that can be done about it. I love it when people say that and feel it. Too often we think that we need to fix all the problems that exist in the all the world immediately (generally meaning quickly) and completely. But that is overwhelming. If we look at the problems that face our world as they affect individuals instead of trying to tackle the entire problem all at once, progress and success can be seen. If we wait until we can get all the political and bureaucratic messes figured out, we will have lost the opportunity to help so many individuals. While we MUST work with governments and policies to change them and to change acceptable behavior and attitudes about human trafficking and slavery and get rid of the problem entirely, we can start now with individuals, getting them out of the horrible, unimaginable situations in which they find themselves.

I am currently looking for a job for after graduation this April and I would LOVE to be able to do something working in an organization fighting human trafficking and exploitation. My sister told me about the International Justice Mission which does great work in this field. Here is a video from their web site. It is eye-opening. These are real people, many who are children, facing unbelievable trials and hopelessness. Groups like the International Justice Mission need our support, so does Hillary Clinton who in her position as Secretary of State has been putting added attention to the problems in the world of human trafficking as well as rape and exploitation of women in Africa and elsewhere. It is everywhere. This is not just a third world problem. It happens here in the United States. Please watch this and think about it and then do something about it. The IJM site recommended writing a letter to a congressman, donating, mobilizing the community, and educating yourself. These might feel like little things that won't make much of a difference, but they matter and can make a difference. Most of all, I think that we just need to recognize the trials of our fellow brothers and sisters throughout the world and do what we can, whatever we can, to help them.

IJM - Reality of Human Trafficking from International Justice Mission on Vimeo.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Child Brides

It is always amazing to me to learn about the lives of women in various countries throughout the world. How much their lives differ from my own life and experiences. To be a woman in many Third World and developing countries can be an extremely difficult and unhappy life. Many women are married off young to much older men- many of whom are abusive- because their families are poor. If they try to escape they are often forced into prostitution to support themselves. Others attempt escape through suicide.

I think that as women in the United States we have a great capacity to do something for our sisters the world over. Presently, I am not exactly sure what that is, but there has to be something and we need to figure it out and do it. As women we need to support each other and save each other.

Please look at this and think about it:
Child Bride Photo Essay- EXPLORE THIS SITE FOR OTHER PHOTO ESSAYS. VERY MOVING.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Little Bit of Joy to Spread

For those who don't know, Grover is my FAVORITE, and it is clear why:

Oh what Joy! It makes me laugh everytime.

I don't really have anything against Dr. Phil, but my brother sent this to me and I just think that it is wonderful!