02/14/2013 09:47 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

This Valentine's Day, Empower All Women And Girls Worldwide

Americans will spend an average of $13.2 billion (or about 110 million goats) on making girls in love (or like, or whatever) swoon on Valentine’s Day. While we’re pro roses and all that jazz, we’re also really into the idea of giving women something that will help them rise up -- in addition to making them melt -- on this holiday of love.

Perhaps, we can give women across the globe the chance to sound their voices a little louder, an opportunity to stand up for the rights they deserve and the chance to demand the protection that never should've been put into question.

A pomegranate-scented candle wouldn't hurt either.

End Violence Against Women And Girls

One in three women –- THAT’S 1 BILLION WOMEN –- will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. To fight back against this abhorrent figure, 1 billion women are coming together on Valentine’s Day to rise up, dance and demand an end to such senseless violence. Find out how you can get involved here.

Stand Up For Gay Marriage

On the holiday that celebrates romance, let’s celebrate every couple. Marriage Equality USA is encouraging supporters to get involved with a number of awareness events that promote equal rights among same sex couples. Find out how you can get involved here.

Support Safe Sex

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation –- which provides medical care and services to more than 151,000 individuals in 26 countries –- is marking this holiday of love along with International Condom Day. Promote safe sex on Valentine’s Day by getting involved with the free condom distribution, testing events and other critical
awareness opportunities. Find out how you can get involved here.

Fight Human Trafficking

Across the world, 27 million people are forced into working as modern-slaves. The Obama Administration has taken a bold stand against this heartbreaking issue and you can get involved in the fight to end human trafficking on Valentine’s Day by joining the Polaris Project in a number of awareness events. Find out how you can get involved here.



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