Tuesday, October 21, 2008

"Giving Back" Tuesdays


I recently received an email from one of my blog readers, Kara Butterfield, and she introduced me to a charity that she and her sister Tahnya are very involved with. It's a non-profit charity called The Progressive Women's Association. This organization works voluntarily to "Stop Violence Against Women in Pakistan." Thousands of women and young girls are beaten, raped, severely disfigured, burned alive...most of the time, by family members or by their husbands. Discriminatory laws combined with harmful customary laws and practices deny women their human rights in Pakistan. Women are considered second class citizens.

The Mission of the Progressive Women's Association:
P.W.A. is a voluntary non-government, apolitical organization formed in 1986.

- To advocate for women's rights violations
- To fight discriminatory laws against women
- To provide and encourage political empowerment for women
- To expose hidden domestic violence against women
- To evolve strategies for the empowerment of women

By organizing wardrobe exchange parties, Kara and Tahnya donate $5 per article of clothing exchanged to the charity. Kara says, "a small token of our big belief in PWA's fund raising efforts to bring a stop to the horrific violence some women are subjected to, often by their immediate family." Click here to find out more on P.W.A. and how you can help with this very important cause.

A big thank you to Kara for contacting me with this fantastic charity to feature on "Giving Back" Tuesdays. If you would like your favorite charity featured on Giving Back Tuesdays, or if you have a topic that you'd like me to explore, please email me - it would greatly appreciated.


  1. Another great idea! Congrats and I`m going to check them out and hopefully donate all those clothes that otherwise would be on their way to Goodwill.

  2. thank you :) i should dig through my closet as well - God knows i have a ton of stuff that needs to be cleaned out!

  3. I have been to a few of these wardrobe exchange parties and I absolutely love them. It gives me a reason to go through my closet and get rid of clothes I don't wear, and often times I walk out with a few pieces that become favorite items in my wardrobe. It's so nice to see my friends and co-workers getting use out of something I wasn't, and then knowing that for only 5 dollars per item the money is going to a cause we all feel very strongly about. It's truly a win, win, win event!

  4. How powerful! It's so good to hear that people are being educated about this terrifying situation. It reminds me of a west wing episode. I'm glad you posted on this, thank you!

  5. This sounds like a wonderful cause! I know I have a few causes that I care about, and this is a great way to get them exposure.

  6. Thank you again Julie for featuring PWA charity on "Giving Back" Tuesdays and the fun of hosting Wardrobe Exchange Parties with your design savvy readers. We are actually hosting another this evening!


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