Despite many struggles and milestones of success, worldwide, one billion women continue to face violence. Education is key to empowering communities, and particularly girls and women, to overcome violence. Created in the spring of 2013, Women and Girls’ Education (WAGE) International is a New Jersey-based group that works with local and global organizations through the community networking to raise awareness, support, and develop educational resources for empowerment.


Thank you to all who made our annual 5K Walk/Run on Sunday, November 4, a success!              

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (NOVEMBER 4, 2018)—Women and Girls Education (WAGE) International raised nearly $3,000 on the chilly, sunny morning of November 4 thanks to the generous support from the student-run Students Advocating Girls Education (SAGE) and the many people who either braved the cold to walk or run or made donations in their absence.

“The morning started off with hot chocolate and coffee, but it was quickly overshadowed by the warmth of all those involved and their giving spirit,” said WAGE President Heather Mistretta. “We also lost some great friends this year, and it became evidently clear pretty quickly that they were shining down on us.”

The 5K welcomed more than 60 participants, and Barnes & Noble gift cards were awarded to the top three finishers. They were Dr. Joseph Patten, John Spinelli and Aidan Mistretta. In addition to apples and bagels, participants were also treated to complimentary gifts from Smart Sips Coffee.

Proceeds from the race will be going to Sisters Academy of New Jersey, a middle school for 60 girls in grades five through eight. The Academy is dedicated to educating girls in an academically challenging and highly disciplined learning environment.

Sisters Academy of New Jersey is a program of Mercy Center and a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy. The Academy focuses on educating girls from economically-challenged families in order to provide them with the tools necessary to gain access into and success in private high schools and universities.

“We share and embrace the mission to break the cycle of poverty and the consequences it brings by educating our young women to be catalysts of change and in turn share that enthusiasm and fervor for education with others,” said Mistretta.

She added that WAGE plans to continue an ongoing relationship with Sisters Academy as well as other local institutions through mentoring programs and partnerships.

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Why WAGE - International?

  • WAGE - International shares a common caring about our communities, a commitment to help stop violence against women and girls, and the need to respect their dignity and human rights.

  • Many organizations are doing excellent work by empowering through education and helping women and girls overcome violence.

  • WAGE - International seeks to work with such organizations in local and global communities, and support educational initiatives.

WAGE - International is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization.