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International Women's Day: 5 Ways To Empower Women And Girls Worldwide

International Womens Day Empowerment

First Posted: 03/ 8/2012 4:40 pm Updated: 03/ 8/2012 5:19 pm

International Women's Day is not only a celebration of gals all over the world -- it's also a call to action.

First celebrated in 1911, International Women's Day is rooted in celebration of economic, political and social achievements that women have made. The commemorative day also serves to highlight women in need.

This year's theme, "Connecting Girls: Inspiring Futures," urges us all to be an advocate for future generations. Organizations such as GirlUp empowers American girls to raise funds and awareness and for young women in need worldwide. Microloan providers such as Kiva provide opportunities for women to create a successful future for their families.

Click through the slideshow below to discover ways to support women and girls all over the world.

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Kiva provides microloans to people around the world who don't have access to traditional banking systems, but have the passion to get a business off of the ground. This donation model, which invites contributions as low as $25, enables small change to forever change a life.

To learn more about giving microloans, visit Kiva.org, an international micro-lending nonprofit.

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Filed by Emily Heinz  |