"Thirty years after the adoption of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), many girls and women still do not have equal opportunities to realize rights recognized by law. In many countries, women are not entitled to own property or inherit land. Social exclusion, “honor” killings, female genital mutilation, trafficking, restricted mobility and early marriage among others, deny the right to health to women and girls and increase illness and death throughout the life-course.
We will not see sustainable progress unless we fix failures in health systems and society so that girls and women enjoy equal access to health information and services, education, employment and political positions."
— Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization, Equal rights and opportunities for women and girls essential for better health, International Women’s Day, March 8, 2010"
Need I say anything more! 5 for Fairness is fixing failures in our society so girls all over can be given a helping hand.
Inspired by a heartfelt desire to "give back", a recognition of the disadvantaged role young women play in many parts of the world, and inspired by the belief of many working as one, 5 for Fairness is the opportunity...not only to contribute, but to participate in a meaningful way in making the world a better place.
I've never been an active member of a charitable organization before, though I have worked in many capacities, including fundraising, at my childrens' schools. At 5 for Fairness I've felt empowered to do so much. The concept that underlies the organization -- each member gives $5 and then we decide as a group where to give each $5000 that accumulates -- is both educational for me and inspiring. I have learned so much about the many worthy organizations that help women all over the world. I have felt as if my donation is part of a bigger thing. It has been an extraordinary experience and I'm so glad I joined.