Bloggers Unite For Human Rights (May 15) is another opportunity to raise awareness about maternal health, Myanmar relief

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On Thursday, May 15, is challenging bloggers to Unite for Human Rights by posting words, pictures and/or videos.

While the words might change from country to country and are sometimes taken for granted, human rights represent one of the universally agreed upon ideas — that all people are born with basic rights and freedoms that include life, liberty, and justice. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations.

Bloggers Unite For Human Rights challenges bloggers everywhere to help elevate human rights by drawing attention to the challenges and successes of human rights issues on May 15. What those topics may include — the wrongful imprisonment of journalists covering assemblies, governments that ignore the plight of citizens, and censorship of the Internet. What is important is that on one day, thousands of bloggers unite and share their unified support of human rights everywhere.

Bloggers UniteThis is a great opportunity for BlogHers to write about the BlogHers Act/Global Giving projects which are raising money for maternal health, as well as relief efforts for the Burmese people affected by the Myanmar cyclone. Because of the great need to assist in the Myanmar relief effort, BlogHers Act has extended it's Mother's Day deadline and will continue to accept donations.

The three recently added Myanmar projects are:

  1. Provide Shelter for Survivors of Myanmar Cyclone
  2. GlobalGiving Relief Fund for Myanmar Cyclone
  3. Help Victims of Myanmar Cyclone

Take Action:
* If you haven't yet added the widget to your sidebar, please consider doing so now.

* If you haven't yet blogged about the Global Giving projects, please consider doing so on May 15 for Bloggers United for Human Rights. Together we can raise awareness. Please be sure to leave a comment below with a link to your post when you blog it.

* If you haven't yet donated, please dig deep and see if you can forgo a couple of Starbucks coffees or a dinner out. Every little bit can make such a big difference in the lives of so many.

I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has blogged, Tweeted, emailed or otherwise spread the word about the BlogHers Act/Global Giving campaign. Thank you so much! It would appear that many of you took up Denise's suggestion to give the gift of maternal health for Mother's Day as quite a bit of money was raised this past week.

The Cupcakery recently blogged about Mother's Day and how she, a mom, turned her feelings of helplessness about the Myanmar cyclone into something productive.

Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 11th. Mother's Day celebrates Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts, Sisters, and all of those women who are "Like a Mom," adoptive Mothers, and anyone who loves and nurtures. I have always believed in "Six Degrees of Separation" and with the terrible horror of Cyclone Nargis to hit Myanmar (Burma) recently I got to thinking of all the Mothers affected by this event. Every day there are so many tragedies on different scales, which affect at least one person, or someone we know. It can make us feel helpless; but helpless does not mean hopeless. We just have to know where to look.

She goes on to write about the Global Giving Myanmar projects and other causes that benefit mothers and children around the world.

Although Mother's Day has come and gone this year, the need for donations remains. Perhaps consider upcoming family and friends' birthdays as an opportunity to donate in their name. Nothing says I love and appreciate you like a donation to a worthy cause. Pair that with a card or letter telling your family member or friend all of the ways you appreciate them and you can't go wrong. Or think outside the box. What other ways could you help raise money?

Smtwngrl at Writing Her Life recently challenged the blogosphere to leave her comments promising to donate $1 per comment received from May 5 to 9 to the Global Giving project of their choosing (majority rules).

I received 44 comments through yesterday (I decided to count all the comments made) and rounded that up to 50 for good measure. I donated $25 to the Afghan women's project, which received the most votes, and $25 to the AIDS/HIV awareness project in South Africa, which tied for the second most votes with the Nepal clinic -- perfect since I'd planned to donate $25 to the clinic in honor of my mother for Mother's Day.

Heather at A Mama's Blog took me up on my challenge and donated 50% of her sales from her online shop Little Pumpkin, Sweet Pea Designs to two of the projects.

While the sales weren’t as high as I would have liked- :-), I was able to donate double what I initally thought I could. I was torn on which project to donate to, so I ended up donating to two: I donated to Help Afgan Women Deliver Healthy Babies Safely, and to the Mother & Child Health Clinic in Rural Nepal.

Like Heather, I also donated a portion of the sales from my two online shops and was able to send just over three times what I thought I would be able to. I had a hard time decided which cause to support, so I divided up my donations among the following four projects: Help Afghan Women Deliver Healthy Babies Safely, Ensure Healthcare for 40,000+ Displaced Darfurians, Empower Women to End HIV/AIDS Stigma, South Africa, and to the Mother & Child Health Clinic in Rural Nepal - 2008. I also made a contribution in my mom's name for Mother's Day to Help Victims of Myanmar Cyclone.

Please consider what you can donate and continue to spread the word. It all makes a difference. Thank you.

Contributing editor Amy Gates also writes about attachment parenting, activism, green living and photography at Crunchy Domestic Goddess.

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