Friday, May 09, 2008

The state of the world slaps me in the face

Pin It I spend far too much time listening to kid's tv shows. But today I saw something that brought tears to my eyes. Weird but true.

Are We There Yet? World Adventure came on and the kids were visiting a village in Africa. The African hostess was explaining that the girls don't get to go to school but that they are fighting for that right. The little visiting American girl said "if a girl can help build a house then she should get to go to school" and the African hostess replied "Yes! Girls should get to go to school too!"

All of a sudden I was reminded just how blessed I am to live in Canada.

"Around the world, more than 115 million children are not even getting a basic education. Most of these – 61.6 million – are girls."
from unicef.org

We really should be doing more to help the women in Africa and elsewhere where they are so poorly treated. Even if it is just educating ourselves about what is going on!

Did you know...

  • The total number of female heads of state or government in the world is 14 out of 192 UN Member States. While this number is small, female government leadership was unheard of less than 50 years ago.
  • It is estimated that women make up nearly two thirds of the people in the world who are illiterate (cannot read or write).
  • Women and children account for 80 per cent of civilian casualties during armed conflict.
  • In South Asia, where the education gap is widest, men spend an average of 2.5 years more in school than women.
  • In some countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, on average, children with uneducated mothers are at least twice as likely to be out of primary school than children whose mothers attended primary school.
  • In Cameroon, women who earn money typically spend 74 per cent of it on food for their families, while men only spend about 22 per cent.
  • In some countries in the Middle East and North Africa, it is estimated that women’s earned income is about 30 per cent that of men’s.
  • One out of every 16 sub-Saharan African women will die as a result of pregnancy or childbirth, compared to just 1 out of every 4,000 in industrialized countries.
  • A study from Gujarat, India, reports that about 50 per cent of women interviewed felt unable to take a sick child to the doctor without the approval of their husband or parent-in-law.
  • While more than 80 per cent of Latin American countries have specific legislation against domestic violence, this is true of less than 5 per cent of countries in Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Africa and East Asia and the Pacific.
Taken from unicef.org.

Don't ignore this people. Get educated about what is happening in our world! We MUST care. Put yourself in their position and think about how much you'd want the world to know AND help!

"Treat others just as you want to be treated."
Luke 6:31

"Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God's Law and Prophets and this is what you get."
Matthew 7:12 The Message Bible


Unicef.org has a lot of great information and is a very user friendly site. Go look. It made me cry to read about what our world is doing to women and children.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for including this material. Staying informed allows us to make a difference.

We can also let children know how the world has been working, without scaring them. (As an early childhood educator, I was asked by my supervisor not to use the word war around children; I had been talking with a parent who had commented on current events. I hope that at home most TV and radio and other media are being explained to these minds that latch onto anything new.)

But we also need to notice our own feelings, and process them emotionally and spiritually, so that we do not go numb about a tragedy and avoid more learning.

We do not need heroes who do all the heavy lifting; every one of us is given opportunities to do something extraordinary every day, and we may not even see the consequences. And we certainly are free to share the best ideas we know of. Good ideas travel fast, even one friend at a time

Thank you, Tara, for sharing yours.

Love, from G. on the coast.

 
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