Women are an exceptionally powerful species – we are influential, significant and instrumental in how the world continues to develop.
Female empowerment is not about a quest for dominance over others – it is about seeking to achieve a well overdue position of equality within society.
“There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.” Barack Obama
We find ourselves almost halfway through the year of 2019 – and whilst incredible technological advances are being made within the world to facilitate everyday living, we are still lacking in the most basic of human attribute: treating each other with respect and due care.
- By the time you have finished reading this blog, another 2 females will have been raped in South Africa
- During the hour you spend on your lunch break today 48 more girls and women will have been raped in Congo
- By the time you get into bed tonight 3 more women will have been killed by their partners in the United States
Horrific acts of violence are being perpetrated across the world every minute, every hour and every day – and we must all do our part to stop this from continuing to happen.
“Empowering women is key to building a future we want.” Kofi Annan
The concept of ‘world peace’ is often cited as being the ideal – our vision of nirvana! Horrifyingly the reality remains that more than 100 million girl babies have been murdered, aborted and left to die purely because of their gender.
This brutal reality – really is brutal – and it can not go on being a reality any longer.
So, What Can We Do?
There are many ways that we can get involved in order to improve the lives of women in our own neighbourhoods, communities and all across the world.
- A Thirst To Help
Did you know that girls in poor communities often miss out on an education due to the lack of clean water in their villages? Instead of attending school, as females, it is their duty to walk an average of 6 kilometres just to get water for their families.
This water is often dirty and dangerous to their health. If we totted up all the time spent undertaking this chore it would add up to a staggering 200 million hours every day.
There are many charities dedicated to providing suitable water pumps for villages so that girls can focus on getting an education and securing a more prosperous future. If this is something you are interested in then we urge you to help out in any way you can.
- Support Your Sisters
Millions of girls and women all across the globe are forced into living lives of abuse, child labour, trafficking, child marriage and countless other atrocities. There are charities dedicated to raising money that goes into training, education, counselling, medical care and other programmes specifically to help end the cycle of gender-based violence.
If these acts of barbarity are something that you want to help combat, then look online for ways you can contribute to relevant charities and committees.
- Care For Your Community
If you wanted to help women and girls starting a little closer to home, then have a look for any local mentoring schemes that will enable you to tutor, help and influence those in need within your own region.
- Invest In A Better World
There are also schemes in place whereby you can connect with a hardworking female entrepreneur anywhere in the world by providing a microloan. The costs of setting up a business in a Third World environment are a fragment of what you may imagine and so a small amount is often only needed. Even better, when the loan is paid off, your donated funds are recycled again and again to help more people and make a bigger impact.
So, by having a few less drinks in the week or saving up a few quid by cutting down on some luxuries you could use that money to start the miracle of improving the world.
- Shout The Loudest
We have to continue speaking up! Nearly 2.6 million babies around the world die each year - 1 million on their very first day of life. More than 300,000 women die annually due to complications during pregnancy or childbirth and more than 15,000 children die every day, mostly from preventable and treatable illnesses such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria.
Contact your local MP or government representative and make your thoughts heard by citing the Reach Every Mother and Child Act (S. 1911, HR. 3706).
- Spread The Love
Empowerment is about raising other women up, and that starts within our own family, workplace and community.
Send a thank you card to someone who has helped you recently, treat a colleague to a coffee if they have been having a hard time lately or even simply just tell your mother or sister how much you really appreciate everything they do.
Sometimes the simple changes can be the most effective.