CHALLENGE AND CHANGE
Founded over ten years ago as a
humanitarian aid and development agency, WomenAid's mission is to provide relief and
assistance to women and children suffering distress caused by war, disasters or poverty,
empower women through education, training, provision of credit and to campaign against
violations of women's human rights.
Millions of women throughout the world are
marginalised, overlooked and
locked in an unequal struggle for survival. Living in abject poverty, working
long hours for little or no money, they are trapped in a life of suffering,
hunger, malnutrition and disease.
According to the United Nations:
one fifth of the global
population, 1 billion women, are the poorest people on earth.
two-thirds of the world's
960 million illiterates are female.
Women are half the world's
people who do two-thirds of the world's work. They earn a tenth of the world's income and
own a hundredth of the world's property.
The reality for women, as we approach the third millennium, is a litany of
gender discrimination and abuse. Reducing the poverty and powerlessness of
millions of women throughout the world is not just a women's issue but is central to
sustainable economic and social development of the global community. It is a complex
global humanitarian challenge.
The existence of WomenAid
International is a
response to that challenge.
A WomenAid International/UN World Food Programme convoy Georgia, CIS.
"We face an enormous challenge
which we cannot
tackle alone. Only with voluntary contributions from governments and the dedicated
commitment from organisations such as WomenAid, can refugees look forward to a better
future. Refugees are the responsibility of all of us."
Sadako Ogata, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees