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Celebrate Solutions: A True Story of A Child Bride from New York

By: Tyler LePard; Catapult

This year, 14 million girls – some as young as eight years old – will be married against their will, often to men decades older than themselves. Some girls are so young that they hold on to their toys during the wedding ceremony. The recent death of an eight year old Yemeni girl on her wedding night from internal bleeding, after a forced marriage to a man five times her age has caused a global outcry and re-energized commitment to ending this horrific human rights abuse. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Community Well Brings Access to Clean Water

By: Joanna Hoffman, Women Deliver

For some of us, accessing clean water means a short walk to the faucet. Yet in many parts of the world, such as the Tigray region of Ethiopia, girls and women are tasked with walking hours, sometimes through unsafe terrain, to collect water from polluted rivers. Read more...

2013: A Year of Delivering for Girls and Women

As we near the end of 2013, it’s time to look back on the incredible accomplishments of the past year to drive progress for girls and women. From Women’s Deliver’s biggest and brightest global conference to-date to significant progress made in increasing access to family planning and in developing a new global framework that priorities girls and women, this year has been monumental. Advocates from around the world and across sectors joined together to evaluate current and past efforts, analyze lessons learned, and look towards a brighter future. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Shining a Light on Rural Honduras

By: Joanna Hoffman, Women Deliver

In Honduras, one out of every three homes is shrouded in darkness, with no form of electricity. For 2.5 million rural Honduras, dangerous kerosene lamps or candles are the only forms of light they can rely on at night. The kerosene lamps lead to increased risks of house fires, exposure to deadly air pollution, and are expensive. This is especially problematic for health workers in rural areas, who only have these lamps to light their way when attending to women during childbirth. Read more...

Start 2014 In The ‘Rights’ Direction

By: Tyler LePard, Catapult; Originally posted on Huffington Post

Girls and women are disproportionately more affected than men by armed conflict, sexual violence, injury, death, intimidation, and human trafficking. Yet less than 7.5 percent of private foundation funding goes towards girls and women's rights, and two years ago one in four of women's organizations were in danger of closing.

That's why we started Catapult, the first crowdfunding platform dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women around the world. We aim to make a real difference and to use the power of the internet to connect people who care about justice with trusted organizations that are working issues like reproductive rights, child marriage, and girls education, and desperately need financial support. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Using Cell Phones to Make Breast Milk Safe for Babies

By: Rati Bishnoi, Program Manager, Catapult

The following is a 90-day progress report on PATH’s “Banking breast milk for babies" project, which was fully funded on Catapult earlier this year.

PATH is an international nonprofit organization that works to transforms global health through innovation. By taking an entrepreneurial approach, PATH develops and deliver high-impact, low-cost solutions to people and communities in 70 countries. This summer—through a fundraising campaign on Catapult.org—PATH was able to raise fund $50,000 to support a lifesaving low-cost intervention to save newborn babies using mobile phones and donated breast milk. Read more...

Celebrating Catapult’s First Year: $3 Million Raised for Girls

Today, on the International Day of the Girl, we also celebrate the first year of the first-ever crowdfunding platform for girls and women, Catapult. In just one year, Catapult has raised $3 million for 207 projects beneiffting girls in 59 different countries. The top themes for these projects include education and training, advocacy and health. Take a look at the infographic below to learn more, and join us in congratulating Catapult! Read more...

Connectivity: The Real Currency of Change

By: Jill Sheffield, Women Deliver President and Maz Kessler, Catapult Founder; Originally posted on Huffington Post

Donors today are no longer content to write an annual check to a charity and then tuck their checkbook in the drawer until the next year. Posting our "like" on Facebook is an easy 30-second fix, but oddly unsatisfying. We know there is a problem, but feel helpless to actually solve it. In this era of connectivity, we all want the opportunity to make a difference. Read more...

Women Deliver Announces Real Impact for Girls and Women

In Partnership with CHIME FOR CHANGE, Founded by GUCCI, Crowdfunding site Catapult.org Funds 210 Projects in 81 Countries for Girls' and Women's Rights

New York, NY, July 16, 2013 — Catapult.org, a new, groundbreaking crowdfunding platform dedicated to justice for girls and women, turned the $3.9 million (after VAT) in funds raised by Gucci’s June 1 London benefit concert THE SOUND OF CHANGE LIVE into real impact for 84 organizations through an exclusive online giving partnership.  Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Fighting Poverty with Savings & Mobile Technology in Guatemala

By: Elizabeth Gillroy and Arya Iranpour, Trickle Up; Originally posted on Catapult.org

Saving money can be hard for anyone, but it’s especially difficult for the poorest and most vulnerable around the world. The ultrapoor—those who live on $1.25 a day or less—are characterized by insufficient and irregular income, high vulnerability to shocks, chronic food insecurity, and poor health. For most people living in these conditions, there are no insurance programs to fall back on in the event of an emergency. If disaster strikes, families are often forced to sell what few assets they have and take out the only loans they have access to those with very high interest rates. All of which leads them further into poverty. How can anyone save money in a situation like this? Read more...

 

CHIME FOR CHANGE: Powered by Catapult

By: Maz Kessler, Founder, Catapult

What do Beyoncé and Catapult have in common? Yes, it’s true, in addition to founding Catapult, I’m also a musician. But the real answer is that a number of incredible women, including Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Salma Hayek-Pinault, are taking the lead on a new global initiative: CHIME FOR CHANGE. Founded by Gucci, and powered by Catapult. Read more...

Catapult Earns Recognition for Supporting Girls and Women

After debuting on the International Day of the Girl in October 2012, Catapult has been recognized as a top-tier tool for social good. Catapult, a crowd-funding platform for girls and women and a project of Women Deliver, has more than 70 projects representing nearly forty countries. Check out the impact Catapult is having on the lives of girls and women. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Making Giving Go Further

By: Rati Bishnoi, Catapult

Until the end of January, Catapult—the first-ever crowdfunding platform for projects advancing the lives of girls and women—is partnering with Johnson & Johnson to match donations to seven proven projects that are helping improve the lives of girls and women and to continue the fight against gender inequality in 2013. Read more...

How Can I Help?

By: Jill Sheffield with Maz Kessler; Originally posted on Huffington Post

When I was 27 years old, I met a young mother who became one of my greatest inspirations and left a lasting impression on my life.

I was an idealistic young volunteer at a family planning clinic in Nairobi, Kenya. One morning, a woman my own age walked in asking for contraceptives. She carried a newborn baby on her front, and another, older baby on her back. She told me that she had already been pregnant 11 times, but only had six living children.

I was immediately struck by the fact that although we were the same age, I had so many choices that she did not. Back then, Kenya, like so many other countries, required a woman to have her husband's signature in order to access contraceptives. Read more...

Catapult: The Exciting New Crowdfunding Platform for NGOs

By: Tanya Cothran; Originally posted on WhyDev

Action. Transparency. User feedback. Equality. These words kept popping up as I talked with Maz Kessler, founder and creative director of Catapult, about her new crowd-funding platform. Catapult, which went live in beta form on October 11, is dedicated to promoting equality for women and girls by giving women and girl-focused organizations a place to campaign online. Read more...

Wanted: Men to Help Catapult Change for Women and Girls

By: Gary Darmstadt; Originally posted on Impatient Optimists

"What can I do to get involved?"

My colleagues and I hear this often from people who want to do something to help women and girls around the world to have healthy and productive lives. Women should have a skilled birth attendant during delivery, girls should get all the nutritious foods they need to be healthy, and young women have the right to have access to family planning information, services, and contraceptives so they are empowered to plan their families and space their pregnancies. Read more...

On Day of the Girl, Catapult Launches To Create Lasting Change for Girls and Women

By: Jill Sheffield; Originally posted on Impatient Optimists

Today, we celebrate the first-ever International Day of the Girl to honor girls around the world and advocate for their rights. Girls and women are the backbone of healthy, productive families, communities, and nations. Their unpaid labor amounts to one-third of global GDP, and they operate the majority of small farms. Simply put, when girls and women survive, the world thrives. Read more...

Catapulting Change for Women and Girls

By: Melinda Gates; Originally posted on Impatient Optimists

Lately, I have been reflecting on the ingenuity and commitment I witness in the women and girls I meet during my learning trips to the developing world. That’s because today, October 11, 2012, marks the first-ever United Nations International Day of the Girl. And it's about time. When I travel to developing countries, I try to meet as many girls as possible. I am simultaneously inspired by their boundless potential and often frustrated by how much of that potential is locked up by inequity. When I speak to people in developed countries, they often ask me, How can I help? Read more...

Catapult.org Launches First Crowdfunding Site Focused on Equality for Girls and Women

New York, NY, October 11, 2012 – Today, on International Day of the Girl Child, global advocacy organization Women Deliver launched Catapult, the first online funding platform dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women worldwide. By partnering with trusted organizations and connecting them with a new online audience, Catapult provides a call to action to help bring an end to gender inequality.

Girls’ and women’s organizations are chronically underfunded, despite their key role in addressing inequality. One-fifth of all women’s organizations report the threat of closure, and only two cents of every development dollar goes toward adolescent girls. Investing in girls and women strengthens families, communities and nations.

Harnessing the power of social networks, Catapult is a digital hub driving donations to organizations working to improve the lives of girls and women.
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Women Deliver Joins Calls for Action to End Child Marriage Globally

As the world celebrates the first International Day of the Girl Child, Women Deliver Launches Catapult Crowdfunding Platform

  • United Nations chooses child marriage as theme for International Day of the Girl Child
  • Activities planned around the world to highlight urgent need for action
  • Women Deliver launches Catapult – the first online funding platform solely dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women.

On the inaugural International Day of the Girl Child, Women Deliver calls for urgent action to address child marriage worldwide. Every day globally, 25,000 girls are robbed of their childhood.  Read more...

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