Today is International Women’s Day. This year, very appropriately in light of the recent events in India and in my home country of South Africa, International Women’s Day focuses on ending violence against women. And yesterday, President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization. Violence against women is a gross human rights violation and affects up to 7 in 10 women – what a statistic!
A new song was launched today by UN Women. From China to Costa Rica, from Mali to Malaysia acclaimed singers and musicians, women and men, have come together to spread a message of unity and solidarity: We are “One Woman”. “One Woman” reminds us that together, we can overcome violence and discrimination: “We Shall Shine!” Enjoy this musical celebration!
My company, MotherTongues, has been giving $1 of every t-shirt sold to the Center for Women in Transition in Holland, MI, for about 5 years now. I hope to support more non-profits that help women who have lived with abuse and violence, as MotherTongues grows. Thank you for helping MotherTongues make a difference!