CAFYIR Believes in Equality for All!

Welcome back to the CAFYIR blog! In addition to this week's special edition post, we also have our weekly post focusing on women empowerment. We encourage you to read along, enjoy, and maybe even learn something new!

Artwork by Alexis, with use of CANVA

CAFYIR Corner


CAFYIR on the Computer

This week the CAFYIR on the Computer students had extra fun exploring the British Museum and San Diego Zoo on virtual field trips! If you are interested in exploring these places click here, for the British Museum, and here, for the San Diego Zoo.


Our 6th-8th graders learned about the various aspects of an education documentary by watching a National Geographic show on "the Congo River!"


We hope you learn a lot of new information from our content as well. Feel free to share what you have learned, a topic you are interested in, questions, or anything else with us by emailing cafyir@gmail.com.


Social Media

Each day this week CAFYIR's social media will have informative and engaging posts regarding women's history. Be sure to check it out!


If you'd like to support our mission and learn a lot of new things while doing it, check us out on social media! Leave a like and follow, tag us in posts of you trying new things, and use the #CAFYIR when applying what you learned in our blog posts or YouTube videos.


Instagram: @cafyir

Facebook: @Cafyir Programs

Twitter: @cafyir

Get Involved

If you'd like to get involved and help us provide hands-on, interactive lessons and workshops to students, consider sending your gently used books or school supplies (i.e. binders, backpacks, textbooks, and pencil cases) to 6441 S Chickasaw Trail, Ste. 189, Orlando, FL 32829. The supplies will be used as a part of our curriculum or given to students in need.

Fantastic Fact Floor


Today's fact theme is women's history! If you have any unique facts share them with us, on social media, using the #CAFYIR.

  1. Did you know that women were not legally guaranteed equal educational opportunities until 1972?!

  2. Did you know that Marie Curie is the only person to have ever received two Nobel Prizes, in two different science categories?!

  3. Did you know that Wyoming refused to join the United States without a guarantee that women would be allowed to vote?!

  4. Did you know that the first Women’s History Day was held in 1909?!

  5. Did you know that it was not until 1974 that women could get their own credit card?

Tip Toolbox


This week's Tip Toolbox features some ways that you can work to promote gender equality and foster an equal environment in your daily life:


1) Taking the time to listen to and learn from the women is crucial to cultivating an equal and collaborative space. Folks can take initiative and learn from women by attending seminars, participating in discussions, or initiating conversations.

2) Donating to woman-run and woman-centered organizations is another great way to support progress towards gender equality. Donations give organizations the ability to both achieve their mission and expand. Some great examples of organizations to donate to include the Malala Fund (working to expand the educational opportunities for women and girls), UN Women (working to empower women and girls and create an equal environment), and CAFYIR (a woman-founded and woman-dominated organization)!

3) Advocate for greater representation of women, by purchasing books and movies made by women or that feature a strong, woman lead. Doing this helps women establish a platform in male-dominated fields and encourages the gender diversification of today's entertainment.

Section for Sustainable Development


Today we will be talking about SDG 5: Gender Equality. SDG 5 works to end violence against women and girls everywhere, ensure equal opportunities in leadership, economic, and political roles, and promote the empowerment of women.

SDG 5 also recognizes that full gender equality has not yet been reached. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected women and 1 in 3 women are still subject to gender-based violence all over the world.


Optimistic about the progress we can achieve, SDG 5 pushes communities to achieve full gender equality by 2030.

If you are interested in learning more about SDG 5: Gender Equality, check out our YouTube video that will be uploaded tomorrow!

Holiday Hub


March 12, 2021

National Girl Scout Day: National Girl Scout Day honors the Girl Scouts mission: “[build] girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” The founder of Girl Scouts, Julliette Gordon Law organized the first Girl Scout troop on this day, which was officially chartered by US Congress on March 16, 1950. You can celebrate National Girl Scout Day by learning more about their mission here or by ordering some of their infamous cookies here!

March 13, 2021

World Kidney Day: World kidney day is a global campaign meant to raise awareness on the importance of kidney care and educate the public on kidney-associated diseases. Kidneys are essential to our health and well-being; they filter excess fluid, regulate PH levels, and aid in the production of hormones. You can celebrate World Kidney Day by learning more about kidney functions here!

March 14, 2021

Pi Day: Pi is a greek letter. It is a constant in math that represents the ratio between the circumference of a circle and its diameter. Mathematicians across the globe celebrate pi on March 14th because, when written out, (3.14) it looks like the first 3 digits of pi! The value of pi was first calculated by one of the greatest mathematicians in history, Archimedes of Syracuse. The U.S. congress announced that Pi Day was an official holiday on March 12, 2009. You can share how you celebrate pi day on social media using the hashtag #PiDay!

Current Events Collection


This week's current event collection features a pioneer for gender equality. Today we will be talking about Ruth Bader Ginsburg!

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the second woman to serve on the United States' Supreme Court. She was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 and served until she passed away on September 18, 2020.


Ginsburg was an advocate for gender equality and women's rights. She defined "feminism" as “the notion that we should each be free to develop our own talents, whatever they may be, and not be held back by artificial barriers.” Justice Ginsburg co-founded the Women’s Rights Project in 1972, convinced state-funded schools to admit women, paved the way for the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and so much more.


In addition to women, Ginsburg also advocated for people of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community throughout her life. Nevertheless, Justice Ginsburg was a trailblazer who made an immense, positive impact on society.

Activity Area


This week's Activity is based on CAFYIR's recent social media post: "International Women's Day"


Once you have read over the post, think of one thing that you "choose to challenge" this year!


Our Response:

"I 'choose to challenge' the misrepresentation of women in entertainment and the media."

Now think of your own commitment and share it with us on social media using the #CAFYIR!


Weekly Writing Prompt:

What can you do to stop discrimination and promote gender equality in your life?


Share your response to the question above with us on social media with the #CAFYIR.

Enthusiasm Expanse


Weekly Motivation:

“Whenever women gather together, failure is impossible.” - Susan B. Anthony


“There was a time when women activists asked men to stand up for their rights. But this time we will do it ourselves.” - Malala Yousafzai


“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands for all woman.” - Maya Angelou


“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” - Michelle Obama


Weekly Inspiration:

CAFYIR Special Segment


In today's special segment we would like to take the time and recognize all of the amazing, bright young women who volunteer with CAFYIR!

Alexis, our CEO and Founder, hopes to pursue international relations and political science in college.
Emily, our COO, hopes to work in international relations or the medical field in the future.
Gwen, our Volunteer Coordinator, hopes to become a mechanical engineer.
Sara, a volunteer, hopes to attend medical school and become a neurosurgeon.
Eliza, a volunteer, hopes to attend medical school some day.
Alex, a volunteer, plans to attend medical school with hopes of becoming an OBGYN.
Victoria, a volunteer, plans to pursue law or something involving global affairs.
Tiffani, a volunteer, hopes to attend medical school and become a pediatric surgeon.
Laxmi, a volunteer, plans to attend medical school one day.
Zoe, a volunteer, hopes to study biology and attend medical school.
Andrea, a volunteer, plans to major in biochemistry and attend medical school.

"We Challenge You!"


Throughout history, women's accomplishments were often overlooked. Did you know Hedy Lammarr created the basis for wireless communication or that Ada Lovelace is the first known computer programmer?


This week, we challenge you to learn about one female inventor, who has changed our lives for the better.


Share who you decided to learn about with your friends, family, and us by using the #CAFYIR!

Ada Lovelace

Conclusion and Contact Us


Thank you for reading this week's blog. We hope you enjoyed! Check back next week for a new post. In the meantime connect with us on social media:

Email: cafyir@gmail.com

Instagram: @cafyir

Facebook: @cafyir programs

Twitter: @cafyir

Tik Tok: @cafyir

YouTube: @cafyir

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