Save our Sisters has selected three (of the many) tragedies
of women in our world. Highlighting just three provides
clear focus and more quantifiable results.
1) Slavery and Sex Trafficking
2) Rape as a Weapon
3) Death and Childbirth
Did you know there are 12.3 Million Slaves in the World TODAY
(According the United Nations)
Some estimates are as high as 27 Million
Slavery in the United States
In 1861 at the height of the Transatlantic Slave Trade there were 3.8 Million Slaves
Existed for over 100 years
In 1865 13t Amendment ended slavery
Took another hundred years until Dr. King launched the civil rights movement (grass
Sex Trafficking will soon be larger than Drug Trafficking
◦ Overwhelming majority are young girls, women, children
◦ Trafficking leads to slavery
Two million children are forced into prostitution every YEAR
How Does it Happen?
Girl is stolen by a slave hunter and trafficked
Girl is sold by her parents
To feed other children (boys)
Because parent are told girls will get education
Girl goes willingly
Thinking they will work as maids in another country
Thinking they will be able to send money to family
What happens to them?
Beaten and Tortured into submission
Addicted to Drugs so they will be still
When they’re too old they are killed, left to starve, fed to the
Sexual Slavery is a Death Sentence!
AIDS rate is as high as 26% in some countries
Young Girls are preferred, they have less chance of AIDS
Men don’t use condoms (education thing)
Girls are more likely to contract aids because of tears in skin
Virgins are thought to cure Aids
Reading: Half the Sky pages 3 – 5 and 10
Biggest Killer of Women – Male Violence
Of total population of women in the world ages 15 – 44
you are more likely to be maimed or die from male
violence than from cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and
60% of Women experience Violence or Rape
World Health Organization reports: most countries
between 30%-60% of women had experienced physical
or sexual violence by a husband or boyfriend
A third of all women world wide face beatings
in the home.
Rapes around the Globe
◦ Ghana - 21% of women report first time was rape
◦ Nigeria - 17% have been raped by age 19
◦ South Africa - 21% have reported being raped by age 15
Aren’t there Laws?
◦ Even if there are laws against rape, they are rarely
observed outside the capital
◦ Police forces if they exist are often corrupt at worst or at
best too few.
Reading: Half the Sky page 63 and Page 84
One women dies in childbirth every minute
◦ But not in the United States..not any more
During WW1 (1914 - 1918), more women died in
childbirth than American men died in the war.
◦ While men went to war women worked the factories
◦ Work equals value
◦ Value equals vote (in 1919 got the right to vote)
◦ Vote equals politicians aware of your problems
◦ Infant mortality rate dropped dramatically after 1919
Lifetime risk of an American woman dying due to
pregnancy or childbirth is just 1 in 2800
◦ For a woman living in Sub-Saharan Africa the risk is 1 in 16.
(Source: World Health Organization, UNICEF and UNFPA 2000)
A poor women’s problem
Caused by childbirth or sexual violence
Over 100,000 new fistula cases each year
UNFPA (UN Population Fund) reports fund to treat 6.500
Fistula is a hole is torn between the vagina and the bladder or the
vagina and the rectum, leaving a women unable to control either
urine or feces.
Eradicated in western countries at the end of the 19th century
Manhattan The Waldorf Astoria Hotel used to be a fistula hospital
◦ Reading: Half the Sky page 93
◦ Reading and Writing gets them access to the world
◦ Education about hygiene, disease prevention, childbirth, healthcare, government and
◦ Higher education leads to decreased birth rate which leaves women to better care for
the children they have (education and healthcare).
No Value (Monetary or Political)
◦ If they don’t have a birth certificate, they literally “don’t count”. They can’t vote, own
property and no one knows if they disappear.
◦ No vote equals no value to politicians which means no laws to protect you
◦ Education about legal rights and Job Skills allows women to bring money into the
house they become an asset
◦ Assets are usually protected
No Access to Life
◦ No internet, cell phone, television, radio, phones, books or magazines
◦ No Electricity – Energy Poverty ¼ of the world has no electricity
◦ No Water or Sewage Control
◦ No transportation
◦ No access to latest inventions, cures, etc.
The health and welfare of our women is a global problem, much like the health of our
environment it will take all 195 countries of the world working together (and
many already are). The problems we outline are not limited to one country, not
limited to one continent. We just happen to have been born in a very lucky place.
Significant social change must address governmental POLICY and those policies
must be monitored and enforced. If there is no law against it, it won’t be stopped.
Policy must be supported with GRASS ROOTS movements (like Save Our Sisters)
that support ON THE GROUND charities (like our partner organizations).
Each of the countries addressing the specific needs of that region.
What is the United States Doing?
Currently fund 140 Anti Trafficking Programs in 70 countries
US State Department “Trafficking in Persons Report” led by Hillary Clinton
International Violence Against Women Bill
$175M annually to prevent honor killings, genital cutting, bride burnings, mass rapes, domestic violence
Through awareness, inspiration and compassion
SOS - Save Our Sisters
promotes urgent social change for women all over the world.
SOS - Save Our Sisters is a non-profit organization that
promotes urgent social change for extremely disadvantaged
women all over the world. Through activation of small, women-
to-women groups, we empower US women with an awareness of
vast global injustices to women and girls all over the world.
We inspire SOS members to action, and show them how, by
impacting small and seamless changes in their own lives, they
have the power to significantly change the lives of these other
women. And by exemplifying the nature of the human spirit,
members can better cultivate compassion within their own
1. Join Save Our Sisters
2. Save One Woman
3. Give a Mirco-Loan
4. Upgrade Your Gifts
5. Speak Through Activism
6. Read and Share Books
7. Volunteer for a Vacation
8. Host an in-home SOS Event
There is no charge to join Save Our Sisters. SOS does not collect money, rather we
generate interest that we strategically direct to well established organizations around
the world to ensure we are making the biggest splash with our collective efforts.
As demonstrated in the The Three Tragedies of women, there are vast social injustices
that impact women and their families around the world. SOS seeks to unite women from
the United States with less fortunate women around the world thereby bridging a
connection that elevates the life of the women being helped as much as it uplifts the life
othe women doing the helping.
It's EASY and FREE to Join Save Our Sisters:
1. Enter your information in the form below. You will receive regular updates about
SOS projects and initiatives.
2. Review The Eight Triumphs outlined on the How We Do It section, and begin
implementing the ones that are within your ability.
3. Host an SOS Awareness Party to spread the message of compassion among your
circle of influence.
4. Very Important! Visit our website and post on our message boards to keep us
posted on your tactics. This gives new members ideas and keeps current members
Women for Women International believes that when women are well,
sustain an income, are decision-makers, and have strong social
networks and safety-nets, they are in a much stronger position to
advocate for their rights. This philosophy and our commitment to local
leadership builds change and capacity at the grassroots level.
Matches One US Women with a Sponsor Woman in a War Torn Country
◦ Interactive Giving - Exchange Letters and Photos
◦ We want to GO THERE
Your Sponsorship of $.89 per day or $27 per Month (one year term)
◦ Women who have lost everything and who had little to begin with
◦ Multi-phase process of recovery and rehabilitation
◦ Teaches education and job skills
◦ Helps to improve the rights, freedoms and status of women in her country.
Works in 8 War Torn Countries the WFWI works with
◦ Africa - Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Nigeria and Rwanda
◦ Europe – Bosnia, Herzegovina, Kosovo
◦ Middle East(ish) – Iraq, Afghanistan
Microfinance connects investors (like you) with real life entrepreneurs around the world
98% of loans are paid back
Earn 5% rate of return on your money
Loans that change lives
Some people are a few dollars away from changing their lives
Basket weaving business in Ghana or a grocery store in Paraguay
View a list of Projects (with pictures) that need funding
Follow Progress with online updates
Join SOS – Kiva Team
You can select and fund your own projects
SOS hopes to raise $5,000 in 2010
Visit www.kiva.org Go to "My Portfolio Page" and create a free KIVA account. Under "My
Teams" search for team "SOS-Save Our Sisters" and join the team. Please be sure you
join the SOS team before you donate, when you check out (My Basket) you will see SOS-
Save Our Sisters on your receipt.
Average US woman spends $2,200 a year on gifts
Shop Global Girlfriend for Unique Gifts
◦ Jewelry, purses, scarves, clothing, beauty items
◦ Unique and inexpensive
◦ Cheap Shipping
Hand made items made from women around the world
◦ Women working through cooperative organizations to raise money to
support their families
◦ Each item has a bio and picture of the women who hand-crafted your gift.
Gift the Keeps Giving
◦ When you give these gifts include the bio and picture
◦ Your friend will consider shopping Global Girlfriend
SOS connects members with its partner humanitarian communities who are
actively monitoring the state of social and economic affairs for women
around the globe.
Easy ways to join existing humanitarian campaigns
◦ Letter writing, emails and petitions
Mobilization of public awareness to help shape policies that support
Visit Take Action site of partner sites. 15 Minutes a week can help
Visit www.sos-saveoursisters.com for a list of FL congressmen
CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. They place
special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the
proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire
communities escape poverty. www.care.org
Equality Now works to end violence and discrimination against women and girls
around the world through the mobilization of public pressure.
Somaly Mam Foundation gives victims and survivors a voice in their lives,
liberate victims, end slavery, and empower survivors as they create and sustain
lives of dignity from slavery. They imagine a world where women and children
are safe from slavery. www.somaly.org
Women Thrive develops, shapes, and advocates for US policies that foster
economic opportunity for women living in poverty. Women are the key to
ending global poverty, and empowering them is not only right, it’s also the
most effective long-term solution to world poverty. www.womenthrive.org
1. Purchase the book ”Half the Sky” by Pulitzer Prize Winning Man and Wife
Team Nicholas Kristof and Cheryl Wudunn
2. Read it in 14 days,
3. Sign and date the back cover
4. Pass it on to a friend with the same instruction
If you start a read and share, be sure to include SOS website inside the front cover
Half the Sky Movement (www.halftheskymovement.org)
◦ Acknowledgment of what is evil and wrong with humanity and in the same moment
delivers recognition of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.
◦ Allows the reader to feel that it is well within your immediate power to greatly impact
the lives of the very women you read about.
Volunteer Vacation to Central African Country in late 2011
8 Day Trip cost is estimated at $2,200 (air, accommodations, some food)
Meet our Women for Women International sponsored women as well as
We will be working for a well accredited international volunteer
organization (the ones who plan mission trips for churches)
◦ Ensure that we are well prepared and remain safe at all times
Tips for Trips Jar
◦ In your home or work
◦ Glass Jar decorated to represent your trio
◦ Analyze optional spending habits
◦ Encourage your children to do the same
◦ Passing on take out pizza one night and putting the money in the Trip Jar.
Sponsorship Package provided one year in advance of the trip
Through informal, in-home, women-to-women events SOS members carry the SOS
message to their families and friends, sharing with them their new found awareness,
inspiration and compassion. Our engaging and interactive event has a primary theme :
Women Empowering Women
US WWII women ran the country (plus took care of their families)
Women tasted the empowerment of employment were left with an emotional and social void to fill
◦ Direct Marketing Strategy emerged capitalizing on women's influence over women
◦ It is with this message of empowering women that our SOS Party concept was created
Hostess provides a warm place, light refreshments and a group of 5 – 15 women (over
the age of eighteen)
It’s easy! Your SOS Event Planner will do most of the work.
We arrive early to set up our presentation which includes music, video, reading, games,
hand outs and gifts.
Visit SOS website to download an SOS Party Planning Kit
Schedule your date with a presenter, now