“Simple Ways To Give Thanks”
In our nation, Thanksgiving is a time of family gatherings, festive meals, and much celebration. It is also a time to give thanks for all that we have in our lives and reflect on the needs of those who may be less fortunate. This year, Esta Solar, President of the Family Violence Prevention Fund, reminds us that “…Thanksgiving Day falls on International Day to End Violence Against Women and Girls.” It is her hope that as “…we celebrate our holiday and reflect on our blessings, that we will consider the needs of women and girls who have been harmed by violence.”
As Thanksgiving Day is fast approaching, Ms. Solar asks whether or not we “…would  be willing to take a moment and commit to taking action to end violence against women and girls locally and globally?” She reminds us that our “…action can literally change the lives of women in your community and those around the world.” Ms. Solar shares several actions we can take to end violence against women and girls locally as well as globally:
1. “Talk to the young people you know about the issue of violence against women and share with them how you think people should treat one another.
2. Take Action on the international, national, local level to end violence against women. As the 111th Congress comes to a close, urge your Congress person to pass the International Violence Against Women Act before Congress adjourns at the end of the year. If you have already taken the action, please encourage your family and friends to act on this matter as well.
3. Give your time to a local domestic violence shelter in your community.”
With equal amounts of conscience, mind, heart, and collective action we can improve the human condition. Photo Credit: Microsoft Clip Art