Women still face obstacles to gaining fair work and accessing health care and education. They face discrimination and violence while being inadequately represented in political and economic decision-making. Their voices are often silenced, they lack power and influence, and many have no control over their lives.
Mary Ward International Australia works with women from all backgrounds in all communities of need to provide the essential building blocks for their growth: through focused and purposeful education, health and community development programs. With your support, we are shifting attitudes, creating opportunities for independence, and amplifying female voices – together, we are making an impact.
At the Piriwa Op shop and Enterprise Hub in Balgo, Western Australia, we are supporting First Nations women by activating community leadership, strengthening cultural identity, and building on their skills. In doing so, they become confident to fully engage with economic and employment opportunities and are supported to test and launch their own enterprises.
In just six months, our Landing Pad initiative in India distributed 13,040 free sanitary pads to mothers in Kolkata’s red-light district, females in the poorest of neighbourhoods, and adolescent girls employed as migrant workers, while equipping them to challenge social taboos and promote the importance of menstrual hygiene amongst their friends and communities.
Through education and rights awareness training, we are supporting those from informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya, to combat human trafficking and raise awareness of its dangers, particularly for young women and girls, resulting in more vigilant, less susceptible communities and a reduced number of people trafficked.
Because strong women equal strong communities.
Your support is vital to our efforts to create a more equitable world where all females thrive and are supported to become leaders, entrepreneurs, and change-makers. Through your investment, we can continue to make a tangible impact.
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