A week ago I personally visited a Women, Infants and Children (WIC) clinic in Tempe to tour the facility and learn more about this important program. Let me say first that I was very impressed with the staff, all of whom were courteous and helpful. After completing the tour and reviewing some information relating to their nutrition program, I had the opportunity to explain the dynamics of the GCS service model and exchange information. Naturally, they want to refer mothers with greater needs to us so we can help them acquire additional services.
*When you look at the global stage, by the way, women and children are easily the most vulnerable populations in the world today. 50% of all the refugees fleeing from Syria, Yemen and other neighboring countries, for example, are children. There's also an alarming rise of molestation and child sex industries spreading across the globe.
Young women also lack the freedom to thrive in many parts of the world. They're often born into male dominated cults that give them little to no rights, and sometimes require them to be forced into marriage as children, which has dramatically increased their mortality rate in those areas. It's also common for girls to be passed over for schooling opportunities in developing countries because they're seen as somehow less intelligent -- which is simply not true. In fact, it's now been proven that the single most important investment for the future of the world is to educate young girls, whose influence should be regarded as the most important role in any human society... but I digress.