Friday 5: Five Ways to Go Global & Make a Difference

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The theme this month is Going Global, which is why we’re focusing on causes like Empowered Women International (EWI), an amazing organization helping women around the world support themselves through entrepreneurship.

For this week’s Friday 5, we wanted to call out some cool ways that you can commit yourself to making a difference on the global stage, so you can start literally changing the world.

ONE: Get Inspired. On Like a Boss, we feature the stories of many girls and women who are working to improve the lives of struggling people around the globe. This includes famous women, like the three winners of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize and human right’s activist Aung San Suu Kyi. We also write about girls like Jessica Markowitz, who was only in seventh grade when she helped Impuwe Richard’s Rwanda, which raises money to support low-income girls in rural Rwanda, affording them the chance to complete their education.

TWO: Educate Yourself. The best way to help people around the globe is to listen to them and find out what they need. That’s what the leaders of ZanaAfrica did when they found an unlikely way to lift barriers to girl’s education: Because “over 800,000 girls in Kenya miss 6 weeks of school each year because these young women do not have modern ways to easily manage their periods,” the organizers provide pads and health education to girls, and “will launch manufacturing for our own locally-produced, affordable, eco-friendly sanitary pad” in 2012.

THREE: Fight for the Environment. Without a clean environment, many of the world’s people won’t have clean water or access to food.  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched a Zero Hunger Challenge at this year’s Rio+20 Summit, inviting all countries to work for a future where every individual has adequate nutrition and where all food systems are resilient. “In a world of plenty, no one – not a single person – should go hungry,” said Ban. Read more about the conference — and about how you can help the environment here

FOUR: Help Support Refugees. Refugees are people who have been forced to flee their home countries because of persecution, war, or violence — and you can find them everywhere on the globe. In June, we made refugees the Cause of the Month and highlighted Refugees International, an organization that advocates for the protection of and assistance for refugees throughout the world. Read more about what you can do to help them  live better lives.

FIVE: Try a Volunteer Vacation: For many people, when they think of summer, they think getaway. The beach, the country, the mountains, or maybe a more exotic locale. But for people looking for a more unusual and rewarding getaway experience, a volunteer vacation might be just the ticket. Volunteer vacations basically allow travelers to see and experience things they wouldn’t get to when they stick to the beaten path. Make sure you read our lifestyle tip to learn how to travel light!

What do you think is the best way to help people around the globe? Are there issues that you are most concerned about?

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