"When we look locally at the very real needs for women's economic empowerment and growth in our own community, our goal is to build on previous work with The Atlanta Women's Foundation in a way that inspires others," Kent says.
The $500,000 grant from The
The AWF produced a stirring video in 2009 illustrating some the problems area females faced and highlighting issues the organization tries to address. Since it was founded in 1986, AWF has engaged in public advocacy and granted more than $10 million to 250 nonprofit organizations serving women and girls. The
Overall, in 2011 The
Women and Girls: A Solution to Fighting Global Issues
The grant comes at a time when there is growing recognition among the world’s corporate leaders, aid organizations and the U.S. military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff that focusing on women and girls will be effective in the fight against global poverty and extremism. A recent New York Times article, "The Women's Crusade, "reported on this situation, noting that foreign aid is increasingly directed toward women. "The world is awakening to a powerful truth: Women and girls aren't the problem; they're the solution," wrote reporters Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
“As we look ahead, women will play a transformative role in shaping our global economy and society over the next decade," Kent says. "The real drivers of the 21st century will be women. They are already the most dynamic and fastest-growing economic force in the world."
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