When You Wake Up A Mother…

by Chrysula on August 4, 2011 in mothering,reforming,women

You Wake Up the World

Last week ten bloggers traveled with Bono’s ONE.org to Kenya, to experience for themselves the reality of mothering in Africa. How much reality can you experience when you are a middle class, educated, American?

When Heather Armstrong of Dooce.com went to Bangladesh last month with Christy Turlington’s “Every Mother Counts” campaign the question was also asked. Readers of this blog know how impacful Turlington’s work has been on me and how passionate I am about maternal health and so I declare my bias upfront.

The criticisms fired at these kinds of initiatives are misleading and damaging. How else are we to wake up the world? A world that is immune to news images of drought and starvation? A world more interested in magazine headlines than the Millennium Development Goals. More excited by the Kardashians’ latest antics than empowerment for women and girls.

I am a ONE Week Team Member banner

Of course we send bloggers. To add their voices and brings eyes to the page. To invite action. These women have motherhearts first. So too their readers. And when you wake up a mother, you wake up the world.

I am en route to San Diego for BlogHer ‘ll, the largest gathering of female bloggers in the world. In the middle of a recession and debt ceiling crisis that has rocked global markets, 3,000 women are gathering because they have something to say.

They will not be ignored.

When You Wake Up A Mother… You Wake Up the World is the name of my (in progress) first book and new blog launching in September 2011. More to come. Your first time here? Please subscribe (options top left of the page) or follow me here to keep in touch. Thrilled to have you stop by, please visit again.

Images courtesy of ONE.org ~ photographer Morgana Wingard


Foundationsforsuccess August 4, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Thank you Chrysula for your inspiration and dedication to making a positive impact in the world.  I just watched the whole video from the UN Foundation and am amazed at the power women and bloggers have to make a difference!!!  I have wanted to start blogging but feel a bit overwhelmed and am a bit of a perfectionist and so have not started but after watching this I am just going to start!  Any tips:)  Thanks again!!!

Chrysula August 20, 2011 at 3:28 am

Just start! You’ll learn all the tech stuff later (remember you can google ANYTHING). But the writing needs to just begin… thrilled and honored that this was a piece of inspiration for you. Thank you for taking the time to comment (and forgive my v. tardy reply). Please do let me know your blog url!

Victoria Pynchon August 4, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Thanks so much for this Chrysula . . . I was just saying the other day that if we knew the  t-shirts we bought at Wal-mart, etc. were dirt cheap because made by a six-year old in a sweat shop in a third world country, we’d refuse to buy it and donate to charity instead; there shouldn’t be an excuse left to permit the suffering of others to be the foundation of our ease – making this transparent is the most important work anyone can do; thanks for doing it for the rest of us

Chrysula August 20, 2011 at 3:29 am

Victoria, I saw this recently and thought of your comment above. I think you’ll find it compelling. James Mollison’s Photos of Children’s Bedrooms Are a Commentary on Class and Poverty – NYTimes.com http://nyti.ms/rsQxge

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