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Org Spotlight: DB Peru

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

DB Peru

DBperuIn February 2003, Diana Bowie and Renzo Peña founded the  non-profit charitable organization in the United States, DB PERU, Inc.

From the United States, Diana first came to Peru in January 2001 as a tourist and returned again in May of that year. She was touched by the people in the jungle and after 2 visits, she knew that she wanted to help with their health care needs in some way. One of the guides from a local jungle lodge, Raul Petit, told her that the villages on the Napo River needed health care. In September 2002, Raul and Diana visited 6 villages on the lower Napo River. They held forums in each village to discuss the needs and problems of the people. From the data collected, the goals and actions for improving health care access and conditions became the basis for the mission for DB PERU.

The focus of the organization is on the themes of education and care. DB PERU works to routinely educational seminars are provided for the local health workers (promotores) and midwives (parteras).  With the help of local and foreign professionals, people receive medical and dental treatment during the visits.  Follow-up on patients with previously medical concerns is done on subsequent visits, and occasionally the DB Peruboat acts as a ferry for people from the villages seeking health care in the clinics and hospitals. Medicines and supplies are delivered to the villages, in addition to appropriate items taken to the hospitals in Iquitos and the clinics in the jungle towns. Installation of radio and solar panels has improved communications in the villages, which is now being augmented with higher technology. In 2011 a Women’s project was initiated to include screening for cancer with breast exams and pap smears, as well as assuring availability of birth control and sex education for teenagers.

Org Spotlight: To the Market

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

To the Market

To the Market is an organization that combines the powers of commerce and storytelling to empower the world’s most courageous survivor populations, in the belief that resilience is more powerful than suffering.  To The Market showcases handmade goods made exclusively by proud and passionate artisans who have overcome the perils of abuse, conflict, and disease. By assisting local partners around the world in bringing these goods “to the market,” the organization hopes and has the mission of taking an active role in equipping the survivors they employ with economic independence, while raising awareness of the challenges that they face.

The model of To the Market is unique and three pronged in structure. One of the first and primary goals of the model is to promote survivor-made goods via multiple distribution channels, including pop-up shops, custom sourcing, retail partnerships, and our online marketplace. Next, offering a platform for survivors and their champions to share their stories with a new, larger audience. Finally, the organization works to provide tailored services to the organizations local partners such as trend forecasting and basic mental health resources to improve production and management.

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Org Spotlight: SMARTgirl Project

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

SMARTgirl Project

Program Review - SMARTgirl, Providing HIVAIDS Prevention and Care for Entertainment Workers, Reporting Period October 2008-June 2010-1The SMARTgirl project in Cambodia, a USAID funded project led by FHI 360. SMARTgirl aims to prevent and mitigate the impact of HIV and improve the sexual and reproductive health of entertainment workers, many of whom are sex workers. There are an estimated 35,000 entertainment workers in Cambodia, working at night clubs, bars, massage parlors, karaoke clubs (KTV), restaurants, beer gardens, as well as on the street. Prevalence of HIV is as high as 14 percent, among some groups of entertainment workers.

SMARTgirl stands apart from other programming among entertainment workers in Cambodia because of its positive, non-stigmatizing approach. It combines evidence-based interventions with the strong SMARTgirl brand, which empowers women to protect their health and well-being. SMARTgirl reaches nearly half of all EWs in Cambodia in their workplace, because it treats them respectfully, recognizes what is important to them and improves health-seeking behavior by raising self-esteem.

SMARTgirl is one of a number of projects that validates what the international community and national leaders have been emphasizing for more than a decade— that empowering women and girls are vital components of human development.

During Secretary Clinton’s recent ASEAN development meeting in Phnom Penh, she was influential in integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment into the Lower Mekong Initiative agenda. In a statement, she emphasized the importance of reproductive rights for achieving gender equality; an area that the innovative FHI 360 SMARTgirl program has been integrating into its HIV mitigation program.

Org Spotlight: Prajwala

Thursday, July 9th, 2015


PrajwalaIn 1996, Jose Vetticatil and Dr. Sunitha Krishnan initiated Prajwala, which is an organization in Hyderbad, India that seeks to respond and intervene in the lives of women and children who are subjected to prostitution and human trafficking.

In the wake of globalization and the resultant marginalization and alienation of large sections of humanity, sex trafficking has become a matter of urgent concern today worldwide. In India alone, over 200 thousand women and children are inducted into the flesh trade every year. The state of Andhra Pradesh is one of the largest suppliers of women and children for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation. Economic hardships coupled with the prevailing status of women in society, and changing public attitudes towards sex and morality creates the context for the flourishing of this modern-day form of slavery.

The red light area of Hyderbad was evacuated in 1996, which caused thousands of women who worked as prostitutes to be displaced. For Vetticatil and Krishnan, it was this issue that started a passion for creating an organization that would assist in education and transition programs for the women. As the journey progressed, Prajwala was faced with the challenge of responding to other related issues such as sex trafficking of children. As the needs expanded so also the evolution of other interventions such as rescue, rehabilitation, reintegration and community based prevention.


Org Spotlight: Girls Not Brides

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Girls Not Brides

girlsnotbrides3Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 450 civil society organizations from over 70 countries working to address child marriage. Members are based throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas and are united by a strong  commitment to end child marriage and enable girls to have access to greater opportunities.

The organization is  working to bring child marriage to global attention, to build an understanding of what it will take to end child marriage and is calling for the laws, policies and programs to be put in place that will make a difference in the life of millions of girls. Girls Not Brides is aiming to raise a voice that will shatter aim to raise the silence that has long surrounded the issue of child marriage and to draw attention to its harmful impact. As well as giving a voice to the voiceless, the organization also tries to support children who are or have been victims of child marriage, to increase awareness of the scale and impact of child marriage, and to mobilize the support and resources needed to end child marriage.

There is an advocacy component to Girls Not Brides, which is that the organization is campaigning for the assurance that no child will be married before the age of 18, which is in coordination with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which all but two nations have ratified.

Girls Not Brides, believes that what makes them stronger is using the voice of the organization to amplify the collective voices of the children that they aim to protect.


Org Spotlight: NAWJ

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

National Association of Women Judges

NAWJThe National Association of Women Judges’ mission is to: Promote the judicial role of protecting the rights of individuals under the rule of law through strong, committed, diverse judicial leadership, fairness and equality in the courts, and equal access to justice.

NAWJ is the nation’s leading voice for women jurists dedicated to preserving judicial independence, ensuring equal justice and access to the courts for women, minorities and other historically disfavored groups, providing judicial education on cutting-edge issues, and increasing the numbers and advancement of women judges at all levels to more accurately reflect their full participation in a democratic society. The organization’s ultimate goal is to  provide unique opportunities for members to enrich their professional lives, keep aware of important issues, and network while contributing to social justice. NAWJ welcomes both men and women, as well as judicial clerks, attorneys and law students.

Since its formation in 1979, NAWJ has fought to preserve judicial independence, to ensure equal justice and access to the courts for women, minorities, and other historically disfavored groups, and to achieve fairness and equality for vulnerable populations. Led by two visionary women – Justice Joan Dempsey Klein and Justice Vaino Spencer – 100 brave and intrepid women judges met and formed an organization dedicated to the above ideals. Throughout its history, NAWJ has been providing judicial education on cutting-edge issues; striving to develop judicial leaders; increasing the number of women on the bench at all levels in order for the judiciary to more accurately reflect the role of women in a democratic society; and improving the administration of justice to provide gender-fair decisions for both male and female litigants.

Org Spotlight: Girl’s Globe

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Girls’ Globe  


girlsglobeGirls’ Globe is a blog that discusses the preeminent importance of factors related to and affected girls and women throughout the world. The motto of Girls’ Globe is that all women and girls should feel free in themselves and within their surroundings in order for them to reach their full potential. The blogs posted by passionate gender equality activists perpetuate the belief that all women and girls should have equal access.

The Girls’ Globe logo aims to turn the female symbol into a positive, forward and upward facing stroke. The mission of Girls’ Globe is to raise awareness and educate others about global issues concerning the rights and health of women and girls advocate for change at international and national levels in regards to the rights and health of women and girls inspire you to join the movement for change

Org Spotlight: The Malini Foundation

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

The Malini Foundationdownload

The Malini Foundation is a non-profit organization in Sri Lanka that seeks to empower girls by means of education and advocacy.The Malini Foundation’s values parallel those set by the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals, which focus on a global movement to eradicate poverty and to alleviate the suffering of human beings on a global scale. One of the preeminent objectives of the the Millennium Development Goals is for gender equality and the promotion of girls education. Malini is grounded in four primary ideas: Empower through Eradication, Advocacy, Sustainable Environment Operations, and Accountability.

The organization decided to work with girls because of three identified reasons. The first reason is that an investment in girls provides greater potential for change in agency in the future. According to the Malini Foundation, when a girl has access to an education and quality health care the pathology of poverty will transform and be disseminated.  By focusing on girls, the root of some of the world’s greatest issues can be mitigated.

The second reason why the Malini Foundation is centralized on working exclusively with girls is because of the fact that girls are not receiving enough attention to alleviate the inequalities that they face. The foundation points out that typically programs for youth focus on males rather than females. In order for poverty to be broken, girls must be treated on an equal playing field as boys. Also, the foundation underscores that when girls are excluded it is bad for the economy.

To answer the question, “Why work with girls?”, the Malini Foundation answers, “Why not?”

Org Spotlight: KKPKP

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Kagad Kach Patra Kaghtakari Panchayat (KKPKP)


KKPKPStarting in 1993 Kagad Kach Patra Kaghtakari Panchayat (KKPKP) was formed as a result of female waste pickers in Pune, India wanting to feel empowered and with a sense of purpose. Together, they formed KKPKP as a membership-based trade union. The union’s aim was to establish and assert waste pickers’ contribution to the environment, their status as workers and women, and their role in the waste management processes of the city. As of today, KKPK has more than 9,000 members with more than 80% of those members being women. What makes this organization unique is that it is composed of a two-fold collective group of marginalized people. A majority of the members in the union are women who hail from marginalized castes. Members are given I- cards that are endorsed by the PMC and can avail of other benefits like interests free loans and educational support for their children.

Org Spotlight: CHANGE

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Center for Health and Gender Equality


The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) is a U.S.-based non-governmental organization whose mission is to promote the sexual and reproductive health and human rights of women and girls globally by shaping the development and implementation of U.S. policies. The mission of the organization is to promote a vision of  a world where sexual and reproductive health and rights are universally recognized, and where comprehensive, integrated sexual and reproductive health services are accessible and available to all, free from coercion, violence, and discrimination.

Originally founded as the Health and Development Policy Project in 1994, CHANGE was created in direct response to the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo. This landmark meeting of approximately 180 countries, including the United States, produced a human rights framework for development assistance that –for the first time—promoted the universal sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls. Since then, CHANGE’s mission has been to ensure that the U.S. remains accountable for its commitment to that framework, and that sexual and reproductive health and rights are reflected in all U.S. foreign policy and programming.

CHANGE became an independent nongovernmental organization in 2001, and its policy work has expanded to include gender integration and HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, female condoms programs, and mobilization at the grassroots level.  Its main focus remains on advocating for the clear and consistent support of sexual and reproductive health and rights in all U.S. foreign policy and programming.

In the past several years, CHANGE has begun to build and mobilize a significant base of U.S. supporters, drawing from and building bridges among diverse U.S. constituencies such as students, reproductive justice advocates, faith-based organizations, HIV/AIDS groups, and women’s organizations.

Today, CHANGE’s emphasis is on promoting a comprehensive, human rights-based framework for U.S. sexual and reproductive health policies and programs. The framework addresses family planning, HIV/AIDS, and maternal health. As part of this effort, CHANGE seeks to remove the ideology-based and counterproductive restrictions in U.S. policy that hinder comprehensive approaches to sexual and reproductive health.CHANGE