Posts tagged with ‘women’s rights’

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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, […]

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, […]

Empowering Girls in India to Decide Their Own Future

by Anna Muir

Poonam was only 13 years old when she learned that her parents had arranged for her to be married in just a few months. Poonam had been attending school in the village of Nandlali in a poor region of India, close to the Nepali border. Now, she would have to give up her dream of […]

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 […]

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 […]

#PledgeForParity – International Women’s Day 2016

by Anna Muir

March 8 is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the gains women are making 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 […]

PWSDevelopments 2016, Issue 1: Planting Seeds of Hope

by Anna Muir

In this issue of PWSDevelopments, read about Theresa Diaz in the western highlands of Guatemala. A lack of economic opportunity and environmental concerns have made it difficult for Theresa to break the unrelenting cycle of poverty and provide enough food for her seven children. The work that PWS&D is doing in Guatemala is addressing this […]

Four Mothers in Guatemala find Strength in Partnership

by Anna Muir

Despite being different ages and coming from different families, Simiona, Santa, Isaura and Leona share an important similarity: they are mothers, striving to provide their families with a better quality of life. They have something else in common—all four women have had to endure the deep-rooted discrimination, inequality and poverty that continue to burden indigenous […]