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Girls Around the World Submit Verse for Poetry Book

Posted by Nbyrne 5:21pm GMT

She’s the First, a non-profit organization that mobilizes social media to advocate for girls’ education worldwide, releases its first book of poetry, "If the World Were My Classroom" in partnership with acclaimed poet Azure Antoinette.

In honor of National Poetry Month, the inaugural Voice Your Verse fundraiser celebrated the launch with readings from acclaimed poets as well as students, and a performance by singer-songwriter Diane Birch.

The poetry fundraiser is the culmination of a three-month campaign over social media asking girls around the world “If the world were your classroom, what would you teach a girl?” More than 7,000 turned their answer into verse and submitted for possible inclusion in the anthology, which is now available.

All proceeds from book sales will go directly to sponsor girls’ education programs in developing nations.

Visit She’s the First to order your copy of the book.


Army Wives tackles the important issue of HIV and children

Posted by Nbyrne 8:09pm GMT

This week’s episode of Army Wives addressed HIV and children, an important issue affecting 1,000 children every day.

Recently characters Lieutenant Colonel Joan Burton and Roland adopted an HIV-positive son named David; and in this special episode, they respond to the difficulties and stigma that David faces at school and in the community.

Pediatric HIV is still very much an issue here at home, and HIV-positive children deal with a host of difficult issues – ranging from taking their medications to discrimination.

Actress Wendy Davis, who plays Lieutenant Colonel Joan Burton says, “My experience playing Joan has encouraged me to join the global movement to support families affected by HIV everywhere. I applaud the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and their tireless efforts to prevent pediatric HIV infection and end pediatric AIDS.”

Read the exclusive Huffington Post blog written by Army Wives cast member Wendy Davis.

Created in partnership with the Elizabeth Glaser Foundation, visit the Army Wives resources page to read real-life personal accounts from children and families dealing with HIV.

Watch Episode 6, “Viral” here.

Join A Mothers Fight to learn how you can help mothers around the world who will do anything to keep their children healthy and safe.


Addressing Global Violence Against Women on Capitol Hill

Posted by Nbyrne 6:41am GMT

In honor of International Women’s Day, Women Thrive Worldwide held the fourth annual event on Capitol Hill to discuss how to reduce gender-based violence around the world.

Addressing startling statistics such as “One out of every three women worldwide will experience violence in her lifetime with rates teaching 70 percent in some countries,” the event was titled “From One in Three to None in Three.”

Co-hosted by a bipartisan Congressional Host Committee led by Senators John Kerry and Lisa Murkowski and Representatives Ted Poe and Jan Schakowsky, the event featured a variety of distinguished guest speakers including actor and activist Maria Bello and anti-female genital mutilation activist Edna Adan Ismail of Somaliland who was last year named one of Newsweek’s 150 Women Who Shake the World.

Women Thrive Worldwide works in Washington, D.C. advocating with the U.S. government to make women’s concerns a priority in U.S. foreign policy and international assistance.

Watch the panel discussion, moderated by Ritu Sharma, Co-Founder and President of Women Thrive Worldwide.

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Lifetime's John Walsh Exposes Modern-Day Slavery

Posted by Nbyrne 2:36pm GMT

On Friday, February 24, at 9 pm don't miss the two-hour special edition of "America's Most Wanted" highlighting the global problem of sex trafficking, which affects millions of women and children.

While commonly thought of as a problem limited to countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia, human trafficking is also a major problem in America, where incidences of sex and labor trafficking have been reported in all 50 states, according to The National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline operated by Polaris Project.

“Of all the people wanted for the most heinous crimes you could ever imagine, those involved in sex trafficking are some of the worst kinds of individuals ever to exist,” said John Walsh. “They need to be stopped immediately and with the help of our Lifetime viewers, we’re going to put some of these sorry excuses for human beings away for a long time.”

Get the facts on how you can help fight sex trafficking at The Polaris Project or call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center's toll free hotline, 1-888-3737-888.

Lifetime and America’s Most Wanted have led to the capture of seven people wanted for such crimes as murder and sexual abuse of a minor. Four of these captures occurred over a five day span during the week of January 23rd. Read about the captures here.

Footage from the most recent capture of Jeanifer Segrest will also be featured in this special; she was arrested after a Lifetime viewer called the show’s hotline with information on her location. READ MORE

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Teen Finds Lifetime Movie "Delivers a Powerful Message"

Posted by Rhonda C. 10:32am GMT

In partnership with The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Lifetime’s original movie The Pregnancy Project created a national dialogue about teen pregnancy awareness and prevention.

Based on the true story of Gaby Rodriguez, a high school student who pretended to be pregnant, The Pregnancy Project explores the sometimes biased treatment of pregnant teens.

A teen ambassador for The Campaign’s StayTeen initiative, sixteen year old Shelby of Shreveport, Louisiana enjoyed watching the movie premiere with her mom Lisa, using the discussion guide to talk about the themes raised in the film.

Shelby is a member of the StayTeen Youth Leadership Team and blogged about her experience watching the movie with her mom. She said “This movie gave us a wonderful reason to sit and have a heart to heart about something that really matters and is affecting teens all around me.”

Read more of Shelby’s insights after watching The Pregnancy Project at Stayteen.org, and watch videos of teens speaking out about the movie’s themes.

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Empowering Women, Mentoring Girls

Posted by babu 4:57am GMT

As January marks National Mentorship Month, Lifetime is dedicated to mentoring the next generation of bright, independent and successful young women and proud to be an on-going partner of The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program.

Established three years ago with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the mentorship program gives high school juniors a chance to get guidance from industry leaders.

Abbe Raven, CEO of A+E Networks and Nancy Dubuc, President and General Manager of Lifetime Networks have both participated as positive role models and mentors in the program.


A Wish Granted on the Set of Army Wives

Posted by babu 4:49am GMT

Make-A-Wish Foundation

With the help of Make-A-Wish Foundation®, Army Wives granted Steven Miro’s wish to be an extra on the show this season.

Steven traveled to Charleston, South Carolina for a behind-the-scenes tour of the set and a chance to meet the cast and crew, before he played a soldier in full uniform as an extra on set.

“I loved the opportunity that was given to me by Lifetime Networks…It opened my eyes to a whole new perspective on a career in the film industry. I will definitely remember this for many, many years to come,” said Steven Miro about his experience.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. READ MORE


Charcoal-efficient Stoves Help Thousands of Families in Haiti

Posted by babu 4:46am GMT

Recently celebrating its one year anniversary, The Adventure Project launched its holiday giving challenge with an event in New York City where many of the cities top, young entrepreneurs donated to give stoves to families in Haiti.

Employing local, female vendors in Port au Prince, The Adventure Project distributes the charcoal-efficient stoves to over half a million people who are still living in tents. Using half as much charcoal as open fires and drastically reducing toxic smoke, the stoves are practical for heat and cooking, while addressing major respiratory health concerns for families.

The launch event raised enough to provide 227 stoves to families, with a goal to reach 10,000 this holiday season find out how you can help at The Adventure Project .


Watch Exclusive Conversation with Senator Gillibrand

Posted by babu 4:32am GMT

Watch the exclusive panel discussion of industry leaders, moderated by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at the 2012 Every Woman Counts campaign launch at Hofstra University.

Senator Gillibrand led the discussion of the challenges to and importance of women’s leadership in all sectors, most importantly as it relates to running for elected office.

Panelists included Sam Bennett, President of the Women’s Campaign Forum; Tiffany Dufu, President of the White House Project, Geri Barish, Founder and President of 1 in 9 Foundation, and Anna Kaplan, newly elected member of the North Hempstead Town Council.

Watch Every Woman Counts Panel Discussion.


Join Lifetime Moms to Fight Breast Cancer

Posted by babu 4:30am GMT

Lifetime Moms partnered with the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and their Army of Women initiative to help accomplish their goal of eradicating breast cancer.

Join the Army today and become part of an online database to receive research updates and volunteer opportunities. It's simple and free and Lifetime will donate $1 for every recruit referred by Lifetime Moms.

Watch the exclusive live webinar where women asked Dr. Susan Love their questions about breast cancer prevention.