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Posts tagged with ‘women’s empowerment’

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Empowered Women, Healthy Children

by Anna Muir

When 25-year-old Brenda decided to attend workshops on cooking and nutrition, she faced her share of criticism. Brenda’s mother thought their small Guatemalan community would condemn Brenda for spending time away from her own three children—especially because she is a single mother. She told Brenda that her place was in the home. But for Brenda, […]

Mothers Empower Others: Help Moms Be the Best They Can Be

by Anna Muir

In much of the developing world, women spend many hours working in their fields, walking long distances to collect water, preparing food and caring for children. On top of this, they often run small businesses to earn extra income to ensure a brighter future for their children. Mothers are often the central pillars of their […]

International Women’s Day 2019: Balance for Better

by Anna Muir

On Friday, March 8, communities around the world will observe International Women’s Day to celebrate the achievements of women in their struggle for equality, peace and development. The International Women’s Day 2019 theme of #BalanceforBetter is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. Balance builds a better world. Providing women with equal access to education, […]

Press for Progress this International Women’s Day

by Anna Muir

On Thursday, March 8, communities around the world will observe International Women’s Day to celebrate the achievements of women in their struggle for equality, peace and development. This day also serves as a call to action to continually work for a future filled with hope and opportunity for women and girls. Gender equality is vital […]

Changing the Reality of Oppression Begins with a Single Step

by Anna Muir

Inequalities faced by women and girls can begin at birth and follow them all their lives. Beatriz knows this all too well. In her Guatemalan village, the shadow of oppression excludes indigenous women like her from accessing higher levels of education, holding positions at the institutional level, being leaders in their communities and pursuing other […]

Fighting for the Good Life

by Anna Muir

“Personally I have achieved many significant changes in my life.” With her arms around two of her children, Clara stands beaming with confidence—something she struggled with all her life, until now. In her Guatemalan village, Clara recently became a livestock promoter with a PWS&D-supported food security project. She also took on the roles of treasurer […]

Be Bold For Change – International Women’s Day 2017

by Anna Muir

March 8 is International Women’s Day—a day to celebrate the achievements of women in their struggle for equality, peace and development. It’s also a day to inspire us to continually work for a future filled with hope and opportunity for women and girls. Around the world many women and girls live in poverty. They live […]

Strength in the Face of Fear in Haiti

by Anna Muir

Rodeline is anxious and unnerved as she walks home alone, hurriedly making her way through the empty streets of her community in Haiti. Some time ago, the young woman was attacked and raped on her way to the market. The traumatic experience left her feeling broken. “I felt very distraught and thought that my life […]

Empowered Women Create Change in Guatemala

by Karen Bokma

Like many other indigenous Maya-Mam women in Guatemala, Aurelia Jimenez has suffered discrimination and poverty following decades of civil war. “Our lives are hard,” she shares, but she is committed to making a difference for her family. Aurelia’s passion and dedication are driving that change. Through a PWS&D-supported project in her village, she gained knowledge […]