I hope all of our readers are having a celebratory International Women’s Day! Many inspiring organizations, activists and writers have voiced their opinions this year’s theme “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures.” Here are a few suggestions for inspiring reads, but be sure to check out our entire list of participants and our Roundup #1, Roundup #2 and Roundup #3 for more posts!
At The Gender Wire, Simba Shani Kamaria Russeau has written about the challenges facing domestic workers in the Middle East, many of them young girls.
For developing countries, female migrants are becoming the main export as the labour market demand for a new form of modern-day slavery – domestic servitude – increases in the Middle East.Currently, there are an estimated 25 million migrant domestic workers in the Middle East. Mainly from Africa and Asia, they provide the bulk of household and cleaning services.
At the Feminist Wire, Janeth Silva writes about her experience living in a country where she is undocumented and unafraid.
AB-540 undocumented students like me are a particularly vulnerable population in this dysfunctional education system because it is completely legal to discriminate against us.
In Morocco, young female journalists from Global Girl Media covered the recent National Parliamentary elections, but sent a message to girls everywhere about the importance of participating in politics.
In answer to the Gender Across Border’s call for women bloggers to talk about how connecting and empowering girls inspires our future, I want to say what I saw on the streets and souks and public squares of Morocco helps frame our work in a positive way. Although the battle seems formidable, it is not insurmountable, and it begins by giving girls a vehicle to express their voices, and finding multiple platforms to let them be heard.
And the artists at MDGFive have created a beautiful video about the power of women.
Be sure to check back on Gender Across Borders today or follow the hashtag #blogforiwd on Twitter.