Friday, March 03, 2006

Women Making a Difference

I wanted to take a moment to give a big shout out to the Binti Pamoja Center, based in Nairobi, Kenya. I've been a long time supporter of the group, and can't emphasize enough the importance of the work they are doing with young girls and women in fighting the good fight for women's rights to education and sexual safety.

The Center was launched in 2002 by Emily Verellen and Karen Austrian, and aimed to educate and support women in dealing with sexual violence, AIDS, abuse, and poverty. These women have provided a safe haven for women to discuss these issues and seek guidance, while simultaneously encouraging them to express their feelings through art, photography, writing, and drama.

All of this started from a modest grant that Karen and Emily received from Columbia University, and has exploded into a fiery circle of positive energy. The group was endorsed by Nane Annan and has gained worldwide attention in just a few short years.

We should all be so inspired to take matters into our own hands and simply change the world.
See also: We Like Feisty, Feisty is Good, By Heidi Schnakenberg