Despite progress in recent decades, millions of women worldwide face discrimination and inequality in every sphere of life. Discrimination against women, which begins in the womb and continues till the tomb. Cultural preferences for sons over daughters in many countries leave women deprived of their right to quality education and healthcare, ultimately pushing them into a lifetime of poverty. Evidence shows that with equal access to education and economic opportunities, women can lift themselves, their families and even their communities out of poverty. Because, when women are empowered:
We aspire to build better societies where every woman has increased access to education, economic opportunities and healthcare and is able to achieve her full potential and live a healthy and productive life. We do this by:
Through adult literacy classes offered in 16 major languages in four different countries, we help illiterate women learn how to read and write, giving them a second chance at education. The structured learning not only helps them acquire literacy and numeracy skills, but also opens new doors of opportunity to boost their earning power and create a better life for themselves and their families.
We empower disadvantaged women economically through a range of free vocational training programs including tailoring, embroidery, weaving, soap making, and many more, thus providing them with a sustainable livelihood. Along with skill training, we also give them necessary tools so that they can leverage their newly learned skills to earn a stable income and become self-reliant.
We impart health education to women in rural areas who lack access to vital health information and healthcare services. The awareness classes are taught by trained healthcare instructors who systematically teach women about health and hygiene and how to prevent and treat health problems which routinely afflict them and their children. This enables women to make informed decisions about their health and the health of their families.
In many cultures, when a woman loses her husband—through no fault of hers—instead of treating her with kindness and sympathy, she is blamed for his death. Society brands her cursed and her own family forces her out of their home. Condemned to a life of seclusion, faced with extreme poverty, she is forced to live an austere life devoid of hope and joy. This is the bleak reality of millions of widows in Asia.
By ensuring that their basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter are met and by equipping them with a trade, we help destitute widows overcome poverty, thereby giving them hope for a better future.
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