Happy International Women's Day!
Women multiply the impacts of investments made in their future by extending benefits to the world around them.
Too often women are viewed only as vulnerable victims. It is time to recognise women as leaders – as agents of change in their families, communities and countries. But, at the same time, inspirational (but unsung) female leaders are changing their communities at grassroots level every day.
One African leader, Thelma Awori, has been researching the characteristics of African rural women leaders. She found that women leaders are everywhere – but invisible. You have to be looking for them to find them – and to recognise them when you have found them. They have voice. They bring change to their community, to women’s lives and to their families. What they are passing on to others in their community is the capacity to aspire. The challenge is to recognise these women and find innovative and sustainable ways to support them and their organisations.
Help us recognize the most fundamental women leaders of a region in need of your support. These mothers deserve your solidarity.
“Investing in the potential of the world’s women and girls is one of the surest ways to achieve global economic progress, political stability, and greater prosperity for women — and men — the world over” – Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Secretary of State, International Women’s Day 2010