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Rural Women's Economic Empowerment Can Help Reduce the Number of Underweight Children. A large body of research indicates that putting more income in the hands of women translates into improved child nutrition, health and education.
Women Play an Crucial Role, But Face Persistent Structural Constraints.
I would like to fundraise money for the Micro Loans Program for Women. I started this project last year working together with Tikondwe Youth Organisation, after I fundraised money in the UK and Spain. It is doing really well but we don't have much funds. This means that many women are waiting to have the chance to get a loan (starting just from £20) to setup a small business to support their families.
Overall status of women in Malawi and Africa
African women are guardians of their children's welfare and have explicit responsibility to provide for them materially. They are the household managers, providing food, nutrition, water, health, education, and family planning to an extent greater than elsewhere in the developing world.
African women face a variety of legal, economic and social constraints. Indeed some laws still treat them as minors. In Zaire, for instance, a woman must have her husband's consent to open a bank account. Women are known to grow 80 per cent of food produced in Africa, and yet few are allowed to own the land they work. It is often more difficult for women to gain access to information and technology, resources and credit.
Women end up working twice as long as men, 15 to 18 hours a day, but often earn only one tenth as much. With such workloads, women often age prematurely.
Rural women and girls face persistent structural constraints that prevent them from fully enjoying their human rights and hamper their efforts to improve their lives as well as those of others around them.
Help me supporting the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by helping rural women in Malawi.
The MDG were officially established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000. All 193 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organizations have agreed to achieve these goals by the year 2015. The goals are:
|1||Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger|
|2||Achieve universal primary education|
|3||Promote gender equality and empower women|
|4||Reduce child mortality|
|5||Improve maternal health|
|6||Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases|
|7||Ensure environmental sustainability|
|8||Develop a global partnership for development|
|Working together. With my dear Matrida, 4 years old.|
Love & Solidarity with Malawi