Empowering our girls: Why it’s more important now than ever

Little changes amount to huge gains for women around the world.

Empowering our girls: Why it’s more important now than ever

As a world traveller, Rosena Sammi has seen first-hand the perils of young womanhood: Across the globe, girls are minimized. As those girls move from childhood to adulthood, there are often few opportunities.

As a mother of two, lawyer-turned-jewelry designer Rosena feels strongly about creating change. That’s why she created “Who’s Sari Now,” a charitable collection within her larger jewelry line. The jewelry in the collection is made from upcycled Sari fabric—gainfully employing women's collectives of rescued sex workers from the red light districts in India while also helping educate their children through the non-profit Apne Aap.

But why? Why is it so important to empower and enhance the lives of young women across the globe?

1. Education

About 66 million girls globally are not in school. Educating these girls will change the world and that’s not hyperbole! Research shows educated girls stand up for their rights, marry and have children later and are more likely to educate their own children.

Here’s a great statistic: If India enrolled 1 percent more girls in secondary school, their GDP would rise by $5.5 billion. I’m excited to support the global education movement Girl Rising. If you want to inspire a young girl, buy her the Girl Rising book, which just came out last month.

2. Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is defined as a modern form of slavery. Eighty percent of human trafficking victims are girls. I work with many through my Who’s Sari Now? Collection. We know it happens around the world, but it is also happening in the US—right under our noses. We need to do more to raise awareness of the exploitation of these vulnerable girls and prosecute the people who exploit them.

To learn more check out the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, they are doing tremendous work to change the equation by focusing on education, prevention and passing legislation.

3. Creating Female Leaders

We need more women in leadership positions. Whether it’s the stunning lack of women CEOs in corporate America or the depressing lack of women holding power in politics, things need to change. I can’t stand to see another image of old white men passing legislation concerning women’s bodies!

I love the organization She Should Run. Let’s inspire the next generation and finally get a woman in the white house!

4. Body Positivity

Working in the fashion industry can be frustrating when I see the lack of diversity and the way women are sexualized and often unrealistically represented. I don’t underestimate the toxicity of photoshop!

As the mother of two young girls, I want to make sure they have a positive body image and love the way they look. One inspiring documentary I enjoy is Miss You Can Do It. If you haven’t seen it, you have to—and have the tissues ready!

5. STEM Education

I’m all about encouraging my girls in the areas of science and math and getting them out of the kitchen (figuratively and literally sometimes)! Girls should be encouraged to be smart and see themselves represented that way.

This has been challenging as the stereotypes in children’s toys and books can be overwhelming. I was so happy to find Goldiblox, which my girls love. And I love seeing girls well represented in books, check out the Kat McGee series published by my friend Saira Rao’s publishing company In This Together Media, their mission is to encourage diversity in media and that’s a mission I can get behind!

How do you make your mornings run smoothly?

Rosena Sammi: By making sure my kids go to bed on time the night before. It makes all the difference in the drama quotient the next morning.

The life hack or tip that changed my life...

Rosena Sammi: Online shopping for absolutely everything. I very rarely find myself in a brick and mortar store. Fresh Direct, Amazon, Net a Porter: These sites have changed my life.

What superpower have you discovered as a mom?

Rosena Sammi: Patience. My girls love to talk (just like their parents!) and are constantly asking questions—some worthwhile, others complete nonsense. I didn’t know it was humanly possible to listen and engage with that much noise and craziness.

This quote inspires me...

Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction.

To me, Motherly means...

Rosena Sammi: The overwhelming feeling of love that you never could have imagined before you had children. (And finally understanding how much your own mother did for you.)

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We're so glad to live in a time when modern baby gear exists. Sure, no one is going to argue that having a baby is easy—but it can be easier with support from some gadgets designed to help your baby and put your mind at ease.

As you build your baby registry, look for products that go the extra mile to make your life a whole lot easier. For example, what's better than a bassinet? A bassinet that can rock by itself. And what's better than a traditional baby monitor? One that allows you to actually take a peek at your baby. Believe us when we say these upgrades can make all the difference.

Here are 10 baby gadgets that will make your life so much easier… relatively speaking, of course!

A bassinet to promote safe + sound sleep

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The safest place for your newborn to sleep is in your room, but not in your bed. Thanks to the swivel function of the Halo Bassinest, you can easily tend to your baby during the night—which means more sleep for you, too. Trust us when we say that is the best gift you can give a new parent.


A smart swing for your baby

4moms mamaRoo 4 Bluetooth Enabled High-Tech Baby Swing - Classic

Believe it or not, many babies are born with strong opinions about how they want to be rocked, swung or shushed to calm down. With the mamaRoo's various motions and reclining positions, you'll be able to find a setting your baby loves when you need to free up your hands for a bit.


A complete travel system for car + sidewalk

Chicco Bravo Travel System - Indigo

No matter where the day takes you—or what mode of transportation you need to get there—getting a complete travel system for your baby will equip you for anything.


A swaddle you don’t have to wrestle

Love To Dream Swaddle UP Original

What do babies and Harry Houdini have in common? A knack for breaking out of tight constraints—which can be a headache when swaddling is the best way to help promote good sleep. Thanks to a breakout-proof swaddle that allows your baby to sleep with their hands up, you don't have to work up a sweat just to get your baby comfortably swaddled.


A nursery wherever you need it

Baby Trend Lil Snooze Deluxe II Nursery Center

During the early days of parenting (when you are feeding and changing your baby around the clock), having convenient access to everything you need with a go-anywhere nursery station can save you serious time and energy.


A little help for stuffy noses

Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator

Up until the point years down the road when your child is able to blow their own nose, the sniffles can be a real struggle—but not with a nasal aspirator that makes it easy for you to get that snot out of their nose.


A way to keep an eye on your baby

VTech 5" Digital Video Baby Monitor - VM5251

Trust us when we say you'll sleep better when you know your baby is also sleeping soundly. That's why we're so thankful for modern-day video monitors, which allow you to check in on your sleeping baby without running the risk of waking them up when you sneak in for a peek.


A bassinet for hands-free rocking

Simmons Kids Silent Auto Gliding Elite Bassinet - Odyssey

Babies are soothed by rocking motions. But what does that mean for you if you can't rock them throughout the night? With an auto-gliding bassinet, they can comfortably drift off to sleep... and continue snoozing.


An easy way to contain diaper smells

Diaper Genie Expressions Pail

Sometimes it's the little conveniences that make a big difference in the quality of your day-to-day life. That's why a great diaper pail should not be undervalued: By containing the smell, you will save yourself dozens upon dozens of trips to the garbage can.


A white noise machine that pulls double duty

Hatch Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to-Rise

A phone-controlled sound machine may be something you never considered until now, but it will be a major lifesaver for years to come, especially as it can also function as a time-to-rise clock that promotes good sleep habits for your child.


And as for securing all these awesome products? Well, a Target baby registry is the way to do it. By creating your baby registry with Target, you will also enjoy their Year of Benefits registry program, which includes perks like a welcome kit with more than $100 in savings and samples, two 15% off coupons to complete your registry, and a full year of returns. The benefits are better than ever right now: Target just launched the Year of Exclusive Deals perk as one of its registry benefits, and this includes a year's worth of discounts on baby essentials (think diapers and formula) and comes complementary when you sign up for Target Circle.

Because while parenting may not be "easy," deciding to register with Target definitely is an easy decision. Start your Target baby registry now and enjoy shopping with a Year of Benefits featuring a Year of Exclusive Deals available via Target Circle, two 15% off coupons, a year of hassle-free returns, a free welcome kit and more!

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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