Faced with unequal decision-making opportunities and unequal workloads, Grace said it was like living in “total slavery” — a seemingly never-ending cycle of toil, exhaustion, and inequality.
Throughout the first full week of February (Feb. 3-9, 2019), Canada will celebrate International Development Week (IDW) to recognize contributions in creating a better future for people like Grace through international development efforts. IDW is also a time to inspire Canadians to consider what they can do to reduce poverty and suffering in the world’s most broken and needy places.
While there has been much to celebrate in creating more prosperous, equitable communities, this year’s theme of “Together for Gender Equality” reminds us that the work is not yet done.
Women such as Grace are all too often disproportionately burdened with the effects of illiteracy, food insecurity, violence, and increased vulnerability in areas affected by disaster or conflict. This gender inequality has many limiting and debilitating effects for women in the developing world.
Photo Credit for Header and Body Images: Helen Manson, Tearfund New Zealand
In the image above, a self-help group and gender training helped Grace improve her life
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