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This Bad-Ass Video About Bad-Ass Women Suggests A New Way To Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be either A) mushy and consumerist or B) desperate and lonely. There is an option C — to make it a day of empowerment and building support for a greater cause. It is a shocking disgrace that one-third of all women and girls will be raped or beaten in their lifetimes. This beautiful and inspiring short film is a call for all of us to stand with those 1 billion women on Feb. 14 and beyond. Trigger warning: This video opens with graphic depictions of domestic violence that can be tough on both the eyes and heart.

This Bad-Ass Video About Bad-Ass Women Suggests A New Way To Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Use Valentine’s Day and every other chance you have to support efforts like this. Share this video. Share your stories. Organize teach-ins and public demonstrations. Strike, dance, and rise to end violence against women.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.