#PledgeForParity. That’s the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day.
All over the world women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement. We do have a lot to celebrate, but progress towards gender parity requires determination and constant work.
The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd are always hard at work trying to create gender parity by giving women and girls the skills and opportunities they need to succeed.
Here are just two of our many projects in the developing world that are making a big difference.
Together with the Levàntate Mujer Foundation, our latest project “Business Incubators for Vulnerable Women in Sucre, El Alto and Oruro," includes skills training, leadership development, enterprise creation support and self-employment for vulnerable women, including former victims of human trafficking.
The project works to achieve gender parity through economic justice empowerment and entrepreneurship. It helps women to become leaders and advocate for more inclusive policies at the local and national level.
Our catering and food production venture, Yèlèmani, in Bobo Dioulasso has trained more than 25 women in the area of catering, cooking and pastry making and given them employment in an area where jobs are scarce.
The women now have marketable skills, have broken the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families and also have a sense of accomplishment and self worth.
This year's #PledgeForParity call asks that everyone in their own little way to take action and contribute to achieving gender parity. We need to “take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly - whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias.”