Australian National Committee for UN Women

We are so delighted to support and feature the Australian National Committee for UN Women this month, who do an outstanding job in lifting women and children out of poverty.

The Australian National Committee is an NGO representing the interests of UN Women. UN Women works in more than 100 countries across the world empowering women and girls to ensure that they are given educational and economic opportunities.

Their role is to:

  • Raise funds to support programs which achieve gender equality and empower women.
  • Challenge attitudes which perpetuate gender inequality in Australia and globally.
  • Engage the support of Government in achieving gender equality in partnership with UN Women.

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is marked on 8th March each year and we would like to shine the spotlight on this important day.

Did you know that 7 out of 10 of the World’s Poorest People are WOMEN?

Millions of women and girls are daily denied access to education and opportunity and bear the burden of child rearing, tilling land, grinding grain, collecting water and cooking.

Without access to education or work, women and their children experience extreme hunger, and cannot afford basic medical care.  Our help is urgently needed and if you don’t have the money to donate, thats okay, just share a kindness story here and we will donate for you.

Reapi and Sofaia’s Story

Reapi was poor, illiterate and had never left Fiji.  However, after UN Women sponsored Reapi and 27 other women from across the Pacific Islands to study in India to become solar engineers, Reapi now earns a steady income.  At the “Barefoot College” Reapi learned to install solar panels and lamps, bringing electricity to her village for the first time.

“Reapi is a grandmother. She went off to India and has come back as an engineer and a leader. As soon as I left school, I became her apprentice and have learnt a valuable skill for myself – that also helps my village. When I’m older, I will also be a leader.”
Sofaia (18), Kadavu Island, Fiji

Reapi and Sofaia’s story is just one example of the ways in which UN Women is working to end poverty and empower women and girls.  Our donation will help provide education, skills training and small business support to help lift women and girls out of poverty for good.

Please share a kindness story now so we can support the UN Women’s work today and you can help change the lives of women and girls all over the world.

For more information about the Australian National Committee for UN Women, please visit their website and their Facebook page. Thank you in advance for sharing your kindness stories.

 

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