7 Ways You Can Empower Women and Girls Right Now

International Women’s Day was just celebrated on Thursday, March 8 but all of this month continues to be Women’s History Month. In honor of both holidays, we wanted to share with you 7 ways your family can empower women and girls right now through partnering with Food for the Hungry (FH).

  1. Contribute to Girls’ Educations

    “Extremists have shown what frightens them most: a girl with a book.” – Malala Yousafzai
    FH is working hard to empower girls in school. It is not OK that a boy’s education is valued over a girl’s. Many girls are kept from school because their families cannot affort their tuition fees or uniforms. You can help keep a girl in school by buying a school uniform! Click Here.

    Less than half of all girls in Kenya go to secondary school. These teen girls, however, are happy to be continuing their education thanks to donors like you who make FH’s work possible.

  2. Empower Mother’s to Make a Difference in their Family

    “Whether women are better than men I cannot say – but I can say they are certainly no worse.” – Golda Meir
    FH is in the business of empowering vulnerable people to raise themselves out of extreme poverty. Women (and children) are at the forefront of this mission. We partners with women to form literacy and savings groups so that they can learn to read, count and manage money, sign their names, and start businesses. This program helps women regain their dignity and pursue a brighter future for their families. You can empower a mom to make a difference in her family by giving here.

     

    Cathy has worked for FH since 2010. She leads Savings Group training sessions that help empower women throughout the communities where she works.

  3. Help them Stand Up for Themselves and their Children

    “It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” – Madeleine Albright
    According to the World Bank, “evidence suggests that men who live in poverty or are socially excluded are more at risk of perpetuating violence because they can’t find jobs or earn an income, which can lead to anger, frustration and violence. Conditions are most extreme in conflict, war-affected, or fragile states where economies have collapsed, whole populations have been displaced, and insecurity prevails.” (Click here to read more.) But it’s not just women who suffer in the developing world. It’s also children. Because of this FH works to educate families in the developing world about why domestic violence is unacceptable and to train them to pursue healthy family relationships that permeate every area of life. You can help fund FH’s Violence Prevention Program by sponsoring a child today—Click here!

    Lucy volunteers for FH’s Violence Prevention Program. After growing up in a house ruled by domestic violence, she knew she didn’t want that for her family. Thanks to donors like you, she has a way to provide a better family structure and is helping so many other families do the same.

  4. Show them they are worthy

    “There’s no prerequisites for worthiness. You are born being worthy. And I think that’s a message that a lot of women need to hear.” – Viola Davis
    Here at FH we want all children to know that they have inherent value, because God says so! This is part of our program to teach biblical worldview. You can help girls and women learn all about God’s love for them and why they are worthy by giving the gift of a Bible. Click here to give now! 

    A Bible provides hope and biblical worldview for Irene in Uganda.

  5. Encourage Girls and Women to Pursue their Dreams

    “The most important thing one woman can do for another is to illuminate and expand her sense of actual possiblities.” – Adrienne Rich
    Many women have big dreams of starting businesses or learning a new skill. This opens up a world of career possibilities. In order to make those dreams a reality, FH provides vocational training. By paying for six months of vocational training, you can help a student earn an income and rise out of poverty. Click here to contribute now!

    A woman in Peru learns how to weave.

  6. And tell them about yours!

    “It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.” – Erma Bombeck
    One way you can encourage a girl to pursue her dreams, is to be honest about yours. Lead by example. If you sponsor a girl, write your sponsored child today by clicking here and ask about her dreams and tell her about what you hope for your future too!

     

    A sponsored child in Peru writes their sponsor family.

  7. Provide Hope for the Future

    “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Theresa
    If you don’t sponsor a girl child yet, please consider doing so today. Through sponsorship you can encourage her to become her best self and to make a difference! There is no better way to empower women in the developing world, than giving them a stable environment to grow up in. You can make a huge difference. Click here to sponsor a child.

    A girl in Ethiopia holds a photo from her sponsors.