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Passing the Global Mom Relay Baton

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The Global Mom Relay – a first-of-its-kind online conversation about motherhood – is nearly at its halfway point.

Global Mom Relay has four separate legs – each benefiting a different initiative that helps women and children lead healthier, happier lives. Leg 1 of the Global Mom Relay was focused on driving donations to Girl Up – an organization all about uniting girls to change the world. Leg 2 supports the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, which aims to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions.

Each day, there is a new post from leading voices around the globe. Every time you share a new post on Facebook, Twitter or email, or donate $5 or more as part of the relay, a $5 donation (up to $62,500 per week or $125,000 every two weeks) will be donated by Johnson & Johnson and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Over $120,000 has been donated so far.

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There were some amazing and powerful stories shared during the second leg. Many were about the important role food plays in families lives’ worldwide. Today, we’re sharing the best Relay posts of the last two weeks. There’s still time to share and donate!

Get Inspired By and Share These Posts from the Global Mom Relay, Leg 2

If you want to learn about why clean cooking solutions are so critical to global health and our environment, read UN Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin’s interview with Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Radha Muthiah.

Maryam Zar answers her daughter’s question – why do men rule the world – with how women are beginning to lead world change in ways we might not have imagined decades ago.

For Editor-in-Chief of Glamour Magazine Cindy Leive, mealtime is a way of sharing her love with others. In her relay post, Cindy reflects on what she learned from two very different role models – her mom and stepmom – about cooking, kids and mothering.

Babycenter blogger Leah Speer imagines what life must be like as a woman in a developing country who must use a traditional and unsafe stove to feed her family.

Which is your favorite? We hope you’re moved to share one or more of these posts.

Join The #GlobalMom Conversation Tomorrow on Twitter!

Tomorrow marks the first of four very special Twitter chats that are being held as part of the Global Mom Relay. Join @Cookstoves, and the other voices who shared their stories during leg 2 of the Relay, Thursday, April 4th at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST. Follow along at hashtag #GlobalMom.

You’ll also get a sneak peek into leg 3 of the Relay, which will spotlight the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action,, and will involve many more inspirational and moving stories from moms just like you.

We hope you’ll join the relay and help women and girls live happier, healthier lives!

Gigi Ross is a wife mom of two kids (a 10 year-old boy and an 8 year-old girl) living in San Diego, CA. Gigi works as a content and community manager for Johnson & Johnson. A blogger and writer in her spare time, Gigi’s work has been featured on the Huffington Post, Babble, BlogHer and Mamapedia. She keeps her personal blog at KludgyMom.

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