“Once we were slaves in Egypt” we recite, as if we were there. We stand, too, with the women of the world, as if we suffered their plights.
Ten Modern Plagues
representing the travails women around the world still face today…
Malala Yousafzai – the 14 year old young woman Afghani student shot by the Taliban for trying to get an education.
To learn more or donate: United Nations Girls Education Initiativewww.ungei.org/
Jyoti Singh Pandey – Indian woman fatally gang raped on a bus in Delhi.
To learn more or donate: Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network – www.rainn.org/
Dawn Hochsprung, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Gabrielle Rousseau, Mary Sherlock and Victoria Soto – the adults who lost their lives defending students in the Newtown massacre.
For opportunities to donate:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/14/connecticut-elementary-school-shooting-how-to-help_n_2302760.html/
Shannon Lowrey and Lee Ann Nichols – killed in 1994 at the Brookline Massachusetts Planned Parenthood reproductive health clinic.
To learn more or donate: Planned Parenthood – www.plannedparenthood.org/
Russian feminist punk-rock band, Pussy Riot, imprisoned indefinitely for staging a protest concert.
To learn more: www.freepussyriot.org/
Anat Hoffman of Women of the Wall, repeatedly imprisoned for championing women’s right to pray at the Western Wall.
To learn more or donate: Women of the Wall – www.womenofthewall.org/
Young girls the world over being subjected to Female Genital Mutilation.
To learn more or donate: Equality Now – www.equalitynow.org/
Representative Gabby Giffords, recovering from a brain injury caused by a gunman “protesting” her politics.
To learn more or donate: www.americansforresponsiblesolutions.org/
Kasandra Perkins fatally shot by her boyfriend, NFL player Jovan Belcher, and Reeva Steenkamp, fatally shot by her boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius.
To donate locally: Suffolk Coallition Against Domestic Violence – www.sccadv.org/
And ALL who have suffered and died in advancing the cause of women’s rights throughout the world.
To find a way to help in alignment with your concerns for women:www.charitynavigator.org/