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We support and encourage women everywhere. Whether it’s informing ourselves and helping other women do the same on issues of gender equality and human rights violations; raising money to support Tostan and other organizations; or gathering to share our stories, concerns, and ideas, we at VERVE are passionate about improving the lives of women and girls.

Millions of women & girls around the world are denied basic human rights and faced with extreme inequalities. They are denied an education. They are denied land ownership. They are denied the right to drive. They are trafficked. They are denied basic safety and human dignity through acts such as forced child marriage, female genital cutting, acts of violence and female infanticide. The lack of access to clean water and adequate medical treatment for females in regions of poverty leads to infections, additional suffering and even death, especially during childbirth. Simply because their birth came with the announcement, “It’s a girl.”

Society benefits when there is dignity, liberty and equality for all... it's a proven fact. We are committed to doing whatever we can to help our sisters everywhere achieve dignity, agency and a little more happiness. We believe it is our duty and our privilege to do so.

Resist - Persist - assist

VERVE is a community of women who give a fuck.

Shortly after my 40th birthday, I read Nicholas Kristof’s book Half the Sky and everything changed for me. 

I decided I needed to start taking some responsibility for women whom I might be in a position to help in some small way, through solidarity and friendship, and also, hopefully, by providing some material support.

A few months later, I met Molly Melching from Tostan, and my eyes were opened further still.

Molly is a woman who walks the talk. As the founder of the astoundingly successful Senegalese-based charity Tostan, Molly and her team have essentially eradicated female genital cutting in Senegal. You can't meet Molly and not think "How can I help? How can my friends help?"

VERVE is how!  

We want to be the way you increase your Karma Footprint.