This is exciting.
Women Deliver is a global advocacy group that works to enable safe motherhood, gender equality, girls’ education, poverty reduction, combating HIV/AIDS, maternal and newborn health, and other issues that are related to helping women lead healthy, happy, fulfilling lives.
Women Deliver has been hosting a contest called Women Deliver 50, in which they received over 500 nominations of projects that are meant to benefit women in the areas of
- Technologies and Innovations
- Educational Initiatives
- Health Modernization
- Advocacy and Awareness Campaigns
- Leadership and Empowerment Programs
They have narrowed the list to 125 finalists, and are asking for public input on Facebook (read: internet poll, meh) to help choose the top 50 projects. These projects will be highlighted by Women Deliver and receive media recognition. Voting ends this Friday at 6pm EST.
Some of these projects are mind-blowingly innovative, unique and seem to have the potential to make real change in the world. You can view the full list of projects with expanded details for each at the Women Deliver website. I was impressed by these:
A Free Course Which Trains Poor & Homeless Bilingual Women to be Medical Interpreters (by Found in Translation) http://bit.ly/xPrJ7g
Reducing Maternal Mortality through Disaster Risk Reduction Policy and Planning (by the Women’s REfugee Commission) http://bit.ly/yzJxUq
Vesico-Vaginal Fistula Project and clinic (by Heineken Africa Foundation and Nigerian Breweries) http://bit.ly/yx4NXG
Building Young Women’s Leadership Capacity Through Internships & Social Entrepreneurship Opportunities (by Women LEAD)http://bit.ly/zrCk4T
Teaching Middle School Girls from Underprivileged Backgrounds Mathematical Reasoning, Computational Science, & Computer Engineering (by The Digital STEM) http://bit.ly/y3jWmC
Oh, but there are so many more! I could copy the entire list – these are are inspiring projects that fill needs and solve problems that exist in the areas in which they’re being developed or put into practice. Go take a look and see what kind of awesomeness humans are capable of when we put our minds to making the world a better place.