EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN & GIRLS
Our experience and data shows us that when equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to lift families and entire communities from poverty.
Women and girls are disproportionately affected by poverty and discrimination; not everyone starts from the same place on the path out of poverty. Lack of education for girls contributes to early marriage, higher birth rates, and lower income. Discriminatory laws prohibit women from owning or inheriting property, holding bank accounts, or prosecuting their abusers. Girls face the greatest risk as they often have no choice but to leave school to help their family earn money, find food, look after younger siblings, collect water, and run the household while their parents work.
If we want to truly overcome poverty, our solutions must engage women and girls. Women tend to transfer improvements in their own lives to the lives of their children, families, and communities. To ensure that this happens, some of the solutions we are tapping on are: saving groups and micro loans, income generating training and providing access to education.
What the numbers tell us:
When women earn an income, they reinvest 90 percent of it in their families.
For every year a girl spends in school, she raises her family income by up to 20 percent.
Educated girls grow into educated women. They have healthier babies, and are more likely to educate their children.
When a girl in the developing world receives seven years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children.
Engaging men, boys, girls, and women can transform gender roles and increase gender equality.
In March, Kutoa will be partnering with organizations that are addressing and bringing awareness to the empowerment of women and girls.