Pro-life? Pro-choice? Pro-Saving women's lives? Here's how we can work together

Have I told you lately how much I love how smart this community is? Here's what I'm on about: Over the weekend, BlogHer community member Valiens of A Brain Like Mine blogged great questions about the BlogHers Act fundraiser to save women's lives: "I'm wondering whether the women's health care available in any given country is able to provide birth control in any meaningful way, and I'm wondering what the general attitude and practice is among the providers in the various countries about abortion....I'm also wondering if any of the organizations being supported are specifically political in nature, or in support of, or being supported by, political organizations, and which ones they are, and what their mission statements propose. Again, this could be an important factor regarding donations. Transparency is most desirable.On top of that, I'm willing to say I have some potential donors who would have questions about vaccinations, AIDS treatments, religious involvements...more" I love Valiens' questions because it gives me an opening to talk more about BlogHer's philosophy for our BlogHers Act fundraiser, and why we chose to work with GlobalGiving to support five projects we deliberately selected with an eye to exactly the issues she raises. Here goes... ...more

This is exactly the information I was hoping for! Thanks so much for being so thoughtful in ...more

Help Afghan women safely birth healthy babies

Yesterday Lisa Stone announced that BlogHer has teamed up with Global Giving in an effort to save as many women's lives as possible between now and Mother's Day. There are several worthwhile causes to support, one of which is helping Afghan women safely birth healthy babies. ...more

Thank you for sharing all this great info.  You hear so much about these countries on the ...more

Blog this today: How many women's lives can we save with donations from the BlogHer community, between now and Mother's Day?

How many women's lives can we save with donations from the BlogHer community, between now and Mother's Day, May 11, 2008? If you will download this widget today and encourage your readers to donate, we can find out. Won't you join us? ...more

Blog this today: How many women's lives can we save with donations from the BlogHer community, ...more

Combat Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the wounded soul

Many of us heard about it after Vietnam. Some men, we were told, returned home having flashbacks and exhibiting anti-social behavior. But, like most people back then, I shrugged it off, never realizing that it would come to effect so many that I knew and loved. I didn't know then how deeply it could wound a person, or with what lasting and horrible presence. PTSD can often have a delayed effect. One day a colleague of mine had to be taken from his office, as he was cowering behind his desk, terrified. He was a Vietnam vet who in 25 years had exhibited no negative symptoms. ...more

There is a new study being conducted now in Australia by Ken O'Brien. A fairly active group ...more

To Afghanistan & Back Again: Images that Go the Distance

If you're wondering about the news from Kabul and beyond but can't bear to look at CNN for one more second, you might consider bookmarking Frida's Notebook, a chronicle of an anonymous woman blogger living in Afghanistan. ...more

Thank you so much for posting the link to Frida's Notebook.  What a great find!  I sent it to ...more

The Nowzad dogs and the Marines who didn't walk away . . .

You will need plenty of tissues for this post and it’s a reminder that, even in the theatre of war, there is room for compassion. ...more

Unimaginable Lives: Afghanistan, India, Iran

Travel. Typically when we think of travel we think of exotic food, pretty postcards, charming locals... But travelers - thinking travelers - perceive the world in bigger ways. Sometimes, they're willing to peel back the shiny surface and approach what's really going on in a country. This week, instead of souvenirs, here are some thought provoking posts from the travelsphere that feature far away places - Afghanistan, India, and Iran - and unimaginable lives. Afghanistan:  In Mother Jones this month, there's a photo essay about women in Afghanistan that is both stunning and heart wrenching. [Hat tip to The Travel Photographer.] In reality, very little has changed, particularly in the rural regions of the country. Over ninety percent of Afghan women are illiterate and many are not allowed to leave their homes. Girls are bought and sold to solve land and monteary disputes. Self immolation, domestic violence, forced marriage, denial of education, and isolation are just a few of the issues that women face daily. --Lana Šlezić. ...more

India's contradictions can be baffling. But that's the way the country is. It is easily the most ...more