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Women comprise 50% of the world’s population – and 70% of the world’s poor. On Thursday, March 8, United Nations, Oxfam, and hundreds of other organizations celebrate International Women’s Day by making a concerted effort to draw attention to the plight of women living in poverty and to sustainable solutions to this problem.
Education is key. In many parts of the world, girls are unable to attend school for reasons as simple and solvable as not owning a pair of shoes.
GreaterGood.org supports education and job training for women in the United States and around the world through contributions from the Gifts That Give More (tm) and other contributions from the GreaterGood Network.
These programs are making a huge difference by providing women and girls with the means to help themselves through education, health care, entrepreneurship, and other opportunities. From supplying books, shoes, or a bicycle for transportation to school, programs created by the The Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) help fight poverty and AIDS in rural communities in Africa by educating girls and empowering women to become leaders of change.
Camfed began in 1993 by supporting 32 girls in rural Zimbabwe. Today they helped more than a million girls in some of the poorest regions of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi.They also work with women to help them start new businesses through their development grant program.
Photo courtesy of Camfed