By Kelly McClelland, ER Director of Women’s Advocacy
“Extreme Response stands for me in places I am not able to go, providing the resources to my fellow moms that enable them to protect and nurture their children.” – Jody Wachler
A family is living in poverty, fumbling for scraps, not really making it. The parents are looking for a way out, any way out, searching for hope. Hoping to make it through the day. Hoping to find the resources to pay their debts. Hoping for a better life.
Unfortunately, unfulfilled hope is a reality for many of the people we work with around the globe. Sometimes, desperate parents even resort to selling their daughter to traffickers.
At Extreme Response, we realize that trafficking is not a simple issue. We’ve seen first-hand what trafficking does, not only to the girls who are sold, but also to the mothers who have sold their daughters.
Mothers who are backed into a corner of shame do desperate things that hurt their children. We must come alongside not only the girls, but also the mothers, to offer hope, healing and a new beginning. That is why when girls are rescued, we need to work with our partners to provide life skills and training for the girls and their mothers. When they have a skill – a way to provide – they no longer have the need to sell their children.
In order to raise awareness of the plight of women worldwide, ER’s Extreme Women held a brunch in Troy, Michigan, that more than 230 women attended. Women from all walks of life, including mothers, joined together in order to be change-makers.
One of Extreme Women team members, Jody Wachler, summed up what many of the brunch attendees were feeling.
“Being a mother awakens a keen sense of protection for your child that spills over to all children, no matter where they live. The more deplorable their conditions, the more you want to care for them,” Wachler said.
“Extreme Response stands for me in places I am not able to go, providing the resources to my fellow moms that enable them to protect and nurture their children.”
Would you join us in advocating for not just the girls, but also moms around the world?
Extreme Response International recognizes that women disproportionately bear the burden of poverty throughout the world. Women living in extreme situations are in desperate need of advocates who will share their stories with leaders and influencers. That is why we’ve established ER’s Extreme Women, an advocacy program created by women to help women in need.
For more info on Extreme Women and how you can get involved, visit http://www.extremeresponse.org/our-programs/womens-advocacy or contact Kelly McClelland at firstname.lastname@example.org.