Get Involved You Should Know About This: Child Abuse In India Ashley Perez
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  1. Educate: The first step to helping is realizing there is a problem. Educate yourself, actively seek out stories and reports about the world’s disenfranchised. Sadly, due to the state of our modern media, many of the most important stories are buried under a mound of useless information (aka celebrity gossip, trends and fluff pieces) thus charging you with the responsibility of staying an educated world citizen. 
  2. Participate: So much of our modern technology serves as a distraction from the important things in life, and yet these same tools can be used to make change in our world. Participate in the global conversation of change. Use your Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr to make others aware of the issues which are most important to you, be it child abuse in India, the world water crisis or factory conditions in China.
  3. Advocate: Use your voice. You are lucky enough to live in a country that guarantees you the right to free speech, so use it. Advocate on behalf of those who have no voice. Write to your congresswomen and express your concern, let them know you want more foreign aid to be allotted to the plight of young girls around the world.

And there you have it, three easy steps to change you can incorporate in your everyday life. Remember you are enough and because of that you have the power to help those less fortunate than you. So do your part, use your voice and help contribute to making positive change in the world.

Recommended reading: “Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide”

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  1. http://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/2012/index.htm

    Here is another informative link if others would like more detail regarding human trafficking around the world. Rankings indicate whether or not the country’s government has acknowledged the existence of human trafficking, has made efforts to address the problem, and if that country meets the TVPA’s (Trafficking Victims Protection Act) minimum standards each year. Knowledge is power!

  2. In this blog article, you discuss child abuse in India, predominantly on girls, who often are left without options of justice when faced with sexual or physical abuse. You suggest three solutions to bridge the gap between the 1% (us) and those Indian girls: 1) educate, 2) participate, 3) advocate. This is an EXTREMELY complex issue that will require a significant amount of in country public outcry, advocacy, and behavior change communication from Indian nationals. You simplify an issue that has been going on FOREVER, ignoring major current events in India, and fail to identify organizations that can help interested individuals really get involved (the girl effect, pathfinder international, global giving, etc). While I appreciate your interest, it bothers me that you think you are actually inspiring by suggesting solutions that will do ABSOLUTELY nothing for the girls of India (like telling your Republican congresswoman would really make a difference?!). If you really want to do something to push others to donate or get involved, especially through social media, you need to follow the efforts of those who have been successful in igniting fervor under the bellies of our otherwise ignorant, self-obssessed, perpetually busy population (e.g. Invisible Children). Make more of an effort to do your research and don’t waste my time with your suggestions/attempted guilt trip.

    • Your comment degrading this article isn’t helping anything. Did you watch the video? Did you click the links in this article? The author spends an entire page (I don’t know the specifics of Hellogiggles’ article guidelines, but I’m sure that space is limited) just bringing the issue to light. I knew that there was a problem, but you can use me as an example of someone who didn’t know the specifics or depth of the issue before reading this article. The author not only posts an informative video on the subject, but provides links to more information and a network of 200 nonprofits. You have got to start somewhere. I applaud the author for bringing this subject to light for myself and others, sparking our interest to learn more and do something to help.

  3. Half the Sky changed the way I actively think about many issues. I have become a Community Ambassador for the Half the Sky movement. For many people, it is too easy to look the other way because the topic is too difficult. I believe it is necessary to realize that our global sisters are suffering. They laugh the same way we do. They cry the same way we do. They have dreams, just like us… but they have incredible, incredible roadblocks in their way to realizing them. Speak up; share; advocate. You may end up helping to change lives of people you will never meet, but really need you. (BTW the Half the Sky documentary is being replayed on PBS stations in the next month or so; look up your local listings to learn more)

  4. India has a long way to go.
    It is nearly impossible for poor people to fend for themselves when there is´nt even door that they can lock at night. How many Indians are there where is no sensus or records to tell that poor people even exist.
    The cast system is supposed to be illeegal but is still in use.

  5. This article brings up so many important points. We live in a culture in which we are encouraged to be so self-centered with our non-existing problems (of not having enough material things) that we forget about those who are facing problems related to life and death.