I have any regret, it is that I did not emphasize sufficiently the
difficulty which parents face. I saw my task to be the advocate of
the child. But I believe now there is another important task - to be
the advocate of the mother"
after a lifetime of working with disadvantaged children.
is the innocent, women and children, who are the real victims of war. The
world is host to over 50 million refugees and displaced people - and 80
per cent of these refugees are women and children. Fleeing terror
and persecution, losing their homes, their land, their loved ones, it is
women who bind their families together with the slender threads of hope.
Hope that they will survive and rebuild their lives. The strength
demonstrated by refugee women is awe inspiring and deserves greater
recognition. WomenAid International is proud to work alongside such
women and invites you to add your support. Your financial contribution is
vital. The knowledge that a stranger in some far distant land cares about
them gives psychological and incalculable emotional strength to women in
crisis as they struggle to survive.
are other enemies women battle and struggle to overcome.
One billion women are the poorest people on earth.
Living in abject poverty, working long hours for little or no
money, women and their children are trapped in a life of suffering,
hunger, malnutrition and disease. Poverty distorts the potential of each
life as desperate families are denied choice.
A girl child is often an unwelcome addition due to 'son'
preference: 60 million girls are 'missing' due to neglect or abortion.
Every year 2 million girls aged between 5 and 15 are coerced, kidnapped,
sold or trafficked into the illegal sex market.
leads to ill-health. Lack of clean water, effective sanitation, adequate
shelter ensures disease has little opposition.
585,000 women, one every minute, die each year of causes related to
and the low status of women are also associated with high levels of HIV
Every two minutes a woman dies from Aids and nearly half of those
infected with HIV in developing countries are women.
Mother to child transmissions account for more than 90% of
infections in children.
quarter of the world's population are faced with a daily crisis of
WomenAid's mission is to provide relief and assistance to women and
families suffering distress caused by war, disasters or poverty and to
empower women through education, training and access to basic credit.
WomenAid has an unfinished agenda as long as women and their
families are facing a crisis, are crushed by poverty, are vulnerable and
need your support to continue our work.