20 Jun July Causes to Explore
In this blog, we have highlighted three impactful days that take place throughout the month of July to make the most of the summer feeling and explore causes to jumpstart your giving journey. July 12 is Malala Day, dedicated to celebrating the Nobel Prize laureate who is fighting for women’s rights and access to education worldwide. Nelson Mandela International Day is on July 18 and honors the former South African president who worked to create a future without poverty and racial inequality, and better access to healthcare for all individuals. World Day Against Trafficking in Persons occurs on July 30 and aims to raise awareness for the survivors of human trafficking and create an end to the problem. All of these causes are working toward their goal of creating change through advocacy, education, and policy changes. The list of charities we have compiled below includes just a few of the top organizations advocating for each cause. We encourage you to look further into each of these cause holidays and their charities to find ways to participate.
Since 2013, July 12 has been devoted to Malala Day to honor human rights activist Malala Yousafzai. After an impactful speech about women’s access to education at the UN headquarters, the day has been dedicated to celebrating the young activist and promoting her beliefs. Malala is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner and works to improve international human rights with a particular focus on women’s rights and their access to education. Through advocacy, education, and political reform, organizations that observe Malala Day have been working toward its goal of creating equal education opportunities for women all over the world.
The Malala Fund uses education and advocacy to work toward a world where every girl can learn and lead through challenging systems, policies, and practices all around the world.
CARE is an international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty and world hunger by working alongside women and girls to ensure equality through action.
She’s the First teams up with women-led grassroots organizations to make sure that girls everywhere are educated, respected, and heard.
Nelson Mandela International Day
Nelson Mandela International Day takes place every July 18 in honor of the former South African president and notable activist. Since 2009 when the UN General Assembly declared it a holiday, the mission has been to improve poverty, poor healthcare, and racial inequality worldwide. When establishing the holiday, the UN created the 67 Minutes campaign, which encourages people to spend 67 minutes doing something charitable. Organizations that observe Nelson Mandela International Day hope to create a better life for those who are experiencing inequality through clear call to actions.
Children’s Health Fund leads a national network to bring comprehensive healthcare to children growing up in under-resourced communities and advocates for the health and well-being of all children.
Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization with a mission to ensure the U.S. is a global leader in human rights. They work abroad and within the United States to promote respect for human rights and the rule of law.
The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund was created in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall with the mission of providing legal assistance to African Americans who may not be able to afford it themselves.
World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
July 30 is dedicated to World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. This day was first established in the U.S. in 2007 as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day to raise awareness of human trafficking and slavery. In 2014, a United Nations Resolution first began observing World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. The goal of this day is to raise awareness about human trafficking as well as protect the rights of those who have survived human trafficking. Charities dedicated to fighting this cause work through legal advocacy and education to help bring an end to human trafficking worldwide.
Polaris Project uses data-driven social justice initiatives to reduce, prevent, and ultimately end sex labor and trafficking as well as support survivors on their path toward freedom and healing.
International Justice Mission partners with local communities to build a more just world where everyone can expect to be safe and protected.
Hope for Justice runs anti-trafficking campaigns all over the world by working directly with victims and survivors. Through community initiatives, they aim to bring an end to modern slavery.
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