It has been 101 years since the first International Women?s Day, which was started with the aim of celebrating women?s achievements in politics and society. In the years that have passed, women have made strides in careers, education and health.
However, a majority of women in the developing world still lack such opportunities to improve their quality of life, and that of their families. CARE aims to empower these women; to provide them with practical assistance to be able to reach their goals, improve their living standards, reduce infant mortality, educate themselves and their families, and shelter themselves from any form of violence or discrimination. Our world is being constantly ravaged by crises. Anywhere in the world today, there is war, terrorism, natural calamities, diseases, soaring food prices, rising cost of living, and other problems.
In their May 2011 report, the UN Commission on the Status of Women expressed concern at the global financial and economic crisis, continuing food insecurity, the energy crisis, and the challenges posed by poverty, natural disasters and climate change, and the impact they have on the empowerment of women and girls, including their access and participation in education, training, science and technology. Insecurity, armed conflict and natural disasters place the already vulnerable women of the world at even greater risk.
As we look to the future, we know that empowering women is one of the surest ways to reduce and eventually eliminate extreme poverty. We are not the first to tell you this; one need only look to examples such as the late Wangari Maathai, the first African and Kenyan woman to win the Nobel Prize after years of struggling against patriarchal regimes, to understand that empowering even one woman in Kenya can have a ripple effect as to alter the destiny of a nation.
In 2009 the Pulitzer Prize winning writer Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn wrote ?Half the Sky?, which was promoted by CARE and told stories of different women whose lives had been transformed by the little, sometimes seemingly insignificant opportunities they were given. The book is named after an old Chinese proverb, ?Women Hold Up Half the Sky?. As CARE, what do we mean when we say we aim to empower women? Is it enough to simply give out a cash loan and hope the woman will be ok? Join us as we tell you how we at CARE Kenya have been able to empower women, similarly with these seemingly insignificant opportunities!
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To commemorate the day, we teamed up with Kenyan celebrities to inspire and empower girls from the Kibera slums. To find out more, read the article by clicking on this link! - Local Kenyan Music Personalities bring inspiration and hope to Kibera girls for International Women?s Day 2012