Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Invisible Girl Project

Invisible Girl Project and Sevenly Partnering to Save Girls in India

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This week, Sevenly is highlighting the work of It’s a Girl’s grassroots partner, Invisible Girl Project (IGP)!
Specifically, every shirt that Sevenly sells this week will support the work of Invisible Girl Project’s partner in South India that has successfully rescued over 170 girls from being murdered, just "Every Person Matters' shirt imagebecause they are girls (this is female infanticide).  Through its partner, IGP has been able to have a significant impact in the lives of girls and women in the villages of South India

Through its partner, IGP has found it fundamentally important to first go out into the villages where infanticide is highest and form relationships with village families.  IGP’s social workers determine those families that are at highest risk for committing infanticide.  Knowing the cultural preference for sons, their social workers counsel the at-risk families, emphasizing the value and worth of daughters.

IGP also educates the mothers about healthy pregnancy, provides prenatal care, and helps create a bond between the mother and her unborn child.  Due to the high numbers of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other such diseases, IGP provides medicine and necessary medical care for pregnant mothers who are infected.
When a baby is born, IGP’s social workers travel to be with the family.  If the baby is a girl, they are there to prevent anyone from taking and murdering her.

After a baby girl is born, IGP will “register” the little girl’s birth with the local hospital and with the government.  This not only legitimizes the baby girl’s birth, but it is also a deterrent to the families who may want to kill their daughters in the future.  In the event IGP finds that a family has murdered their baby girl, IGP pursues justice for the baby girl and files a criminal case against the perpetrator.  This is clearly the most dangerous and most culturally unpopular work IGP does.

In working to save and preserve a baby girl’s life, though, after a baby girl is born, IGP works with the family to ensure that the baby is growing and is healthy.  The social workers meet with the family at least twice a week, regularly weighing the baby girl, and providing vitamin “tonics” for the baby.

IGP also helps single mothers whose husbands have abandoned them for having a daughter.  IGP helps form coalitions for these mothers, so that the women are there to support each other emotionally and even financially.  Through these groups, IGP has helped village women to save money, using micro-finance initiatives, and even to start small businesses (such as raising goats).

Finally, IGP’s “Child Sponsorship Program” helps support the little girls it has rescued and their families.  IGP provides families with monthly food rations such as rice, lentils, and vegetables.  IGP also opens an interest-bearing savings account in the baby girl's name, for her to use on expenses she has after the age of 18, (such as higher education, trade training, or wedding expenses—but not dowry).
Please help further this work!  Your support allows IGP to go into 30 new villages this year and rescue even more baby girls.

Please go to and purchase a shirt to help SAVE THE LIFE OF A LITTLE GIRL IN INDIA today! Visit IGP’s new website, for more info!

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Mitu's battle to save her twin daughters is featured in It's a Girl. We asked Mitu
to write a post updating us on where her case stands in the courts and how her ongoing struggle for justice is going:
We are safe and away from violence. Otherwise in the courts, it's a long perhaps never-ending battle. The accused are rich and powerful. They have the powers to influence the authorities. I am very very far away from attaining my goal. 
There are weak moments, when I feel it's a losing battle, because the accused are powerful and the system doesn't want women like me, who
walk out and save their daughters. On the other hand it always favours people who are rich and powerful. It was the struggle against my husband which turned into a struggle against the whole system.
This woke me up. Things need to change at every level. It's no longer a personal fight, because now I am fighting the system, which does not want daughters, which does not respect women, which does not think of providing justice because of patriarchal attitude, and corruption.
You can demand justice for Mitu and other women like her by signing the petition demanding world leaders act to hold the Indian government accountable to enforce laws prohibiting sex selection and providing protection and value to India's girls. Sign and share the petition here.

Friday, March 22, 2013

College advocating for students to do porn!

‘Crowdsourced’ porn operator recruits students with taxpayer-funded school’s blessing

Eric Owens
porn. Image: Getty Images
Times are tough for newly-minted college graduates. The aggregated outstanding student debt in the United States is about $1 trillion, with an average debt of $23,300. Roughly 10 percent owe more than $50,000.
The situation has gotten so bad that the New York Federal Reserve is worried the student-loan bubble will drag down the housing recovery, because recent college grads can’t afford monthly loan payments.
As The College Fix reports, though, one enterprising entrepreneur has a solution: porn.
The University of Missouri apparently sponsored an hour-long talk last Wednesday by businesswoman Cindy Gallop on “crowdsourced porn.”
The Show Me State’s flagship, taxpayer-funded bastion of higher education advertised the event on its official campus calendar. Tickets were free to students (and $5 for the general public).
The talk was well-attended, notes The Fix. Somewhere between 50 and 75 percent of the audience looked college-aged.
In a theater a little over a block from the campus, Gallop told students that hardcore pornography creates false, unrealistic impressions. That’s bad. It would be good, though, if students join her “movement,” which entails making porn — respectable, humane porn — and hawking it on her website.
As Slate explains (and as Gallop detailed to the audience), Gallop’s business model goes thusly: wanna-be porn stars record themselves frolicking in “real world sex,” then submit the results to her site, Make Love Not Porn. Accepted footage goes on sale (actually a long-term rental). The price is $5. The site shares profits 50/50 with the stars of the videos.
Earning cash has never been easier, Gallop told the audience during her Mizzou appearance.
“It is an easy way to pay off student loans,” she added, according to The College Fix.
Essentially, then, Gallop offered undergrads a chance to participate in what amounts to a pornography consignment website in order to pay off student-loan debt. And she convinced the school responsible for that debt to advertise her pitch.
Somewhere, Hugh Hefner is slapping his head in awe and admiration.
Gallop also said that her dream is for her website to become something like Youtube or Facebook, only filled with porn.
“I want to socialize sex,” the entrepreneur declared, according to The College Fix.
Officials from the University of Missouri did not respond to The College Fix’s requests for comment.
You might be seeing Gallop speaking on or close to a campus near you, though.
“We want @makelovenotporn on college campuses all over the US — and the world,” Gallop has tweeted.
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