Explore the numerous resources available that offer support for mothers and advocate for more recognition and appreciation for the role of caregiver.
The role of caregiver, specifically of mother, is one that is often undervalued and underappreciated within our society. There are many resources, though, that not only offer support for women in these roles, but offer a community to raise awareness for the well being of mothers, act as a resource, and advocate for public policy. By becoming an active member within this community, you can help in the mission to place value on the role of mother
- National Association of Mothers' Center (NAMC) is an organization meant to "exlore, enrich and value the maternal experience." Valerie Young, who is the Advocacy Coordinator for NAMC, is also a member of the Caring Economics Campaign Advisory council.
- For daily stories, experiences, and motherly advice, read the NAMC blog. Kate Fineske of NAMC provides content and updates the entertaining and endearing blog.
- Check out Ginger Garner's blog entitled Breathing in This Life. . .Support for Mothers Living Fit & Fearless. The mission of these articles is "helping mothers recognize their greatest potential".
- MomsRising is an organization that is dedicated to building a community of people who can discuss policy, politics, and parenting. Take a look at the MomsRising blog, which features contributions by Valerie Young.
- Your Voices: On Motherhood is an upcoming exhibit featured by International Museum of Women. The deadline for submissions for this exhibit is October 31, 2011. Read more about the museum, the exhibit, and submit a piece. Be heard!
- UNFPA will be screening the award winning film Mother: Caring for 7 Billion on October 20th. Grounded in the theories of social scientist Riane Eisler, the film strives not to blame but to educate, to highlight a different path for humanity. Overpopulation is merely a symptom of an even larger problem - a "domination system" that for most of human history has glorified the domination of man over nature, man over child and man over woman. To break this pattern, the film demonstrates that we must change our conquering mindset into a nurturing one. Mother not only focuses on consumption and moving away our current economic model, but it shows in a holistic manner how empowering women worldwide will help to solve the environmental, social and humanitarian crises that stem from population growth.