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International Women’s Day 2012: United Nations’ message against hunger

Following on from our theme of International Women’s Day 2012, the United Nations has its own theme, which is helping women in rural communities to fight hunger and poverty. Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has issued a statement calling for people to invest in rural women; the United Nations recognizes these women as the cornerstone of their communities and the path to change.

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In rural countries, women make up 70 percent of the agricultural workforce; worldwide, they represent 43 percent of agricultural workers. DaFlores never forgets the important role of its flower growers, who make it possible for us to supply you with fresh flowers daily.

There’s more. The UN says that if these women had access to the same resources as men, they could increase their families’ prosperity by 20 to 30 percent. Collectively, between 100 and 150 million people could be lifted out of hunger. More than half of those in hunger are women.

The United Nation wants to give these women access to fertilizer, better seeds, education and credit for investment. Organizations such as Kiva help individuals with micro-loans; that’s one way you could help. But the problem is much bigger than any one person can help.

Organizations like the United Nations use International Women’s Day to highlight issues such as these, and they also run events. On its calendar are a significant number of conferences and talks across the world about what women do for society and how they can be helped. For example, in Lima, Peru, there’s a seminar about recent developments in political and gender equality, while a group called UN Women is being launched in Bogota. If you like to look at the wider picture, the United Nations’ take on International Women’s Day is a place to start.

DaFlores is proud to bring you this series on International Women’s Day.

Daffodil Celebration in Murphys, Calif. is a Harbinger of Spring; daFlores Prepares Spring Flower Deliveries

DaFlores.com is ready for its spring flower delivery season. So is Murphys, Calif. The weekend of 12-14 March is daffodil time in the Calaveras County historic town, home to the National Daffodil Show held at Ironside Vineyard. Quaint little Murphys is well worth a visit at any time of year, but the sight of thousands of daffodils can only enhance the experience and add a unique slant to your visit.group of yellow daffodils in full bloom

There will be themed daffodil displays, juried shows and a wealth of other spring flower-related adventures at the show. Heritage daffodils mingle alongside miniatures and new hybrids. Daffodils, with their cheerful bright trumpets, have inspired poetry and brightened many a hillside. The sight of these spring flowers peeping above the often still-cold ground means that warmth is well on its way. California and Florida, home to daFlores.com, may see “daffydowndillies” a little sooner than, say, Minnesota, but that sense of relief after winter is the same anywhere.

California’s Gold Country has more than one famous daffodil locale, of course. Daffodil Hill near Sutter Creek started off with just a few bulbs and has swelled into a magnificent annual display. The host farm, the McLaughlin Ranch, doesn’t see it as a commercial venture but just a way to bring a little beauty into the world. Over 300,000 daffodils spring forth at this 3000 foot attraction in the Sierra Nevada hills.

We at daFlores.com are ready for spring, too. If you know someone in a colder part of the country, why not send them a beautiful daFlores spring basket? Our international flower delivery service relies on the freshest flowers made by expert artists. We offer great bilingual customer service with local toll-free numbers in all the countries we serve.

You don’t have to wait for Mother’s Day or Easter, though we do offer special bouquets for these flower delivery occasions. Do you know someone with a March or April birthday? Or who’s tired of the winter and could use a little cheer-up in the form of a beautiful flower delivery? Then we at daFlores.com can help you out. Browse our catalog today and find a stunning array of flowers to make anybody’s day better.