GVN Foundation has Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, so we thought we would do a blog post on each of our Eat So They Can causes and explain how they link up with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight international development goals that all 192 United Nations member states and 23 international organizations have agreed to achieve by the year 2015. It is the most widely accepted guideline we have for measuring impact and monitoring progress.
By aligning our vision and the goals of our partners with the MDGs we can provide context for the work Eat So They Can and our partners are doing and integrate this into the wider goal of finding solutions to some of the problems facing many people worldwide.
This week I am focusing on Women’s Empowerment. This cause ties in with the following MDGs:
Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger- this goal aims to half the proportion of people whose income is less than a dollar a day and halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger and achieve full and productive employment for all, including women and young people
Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women- aims to eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, and in all levels of education
The basis of this cause is to enable women to have a brighter future for themselves and their families by providing assistance in practical ways. This is something we feel really passionate about because according to UNICEF, women perform 66 percent of the world’s work but only earn 10 percent of the income. Furthermore the UN Capital Development Fund has found that women are more likely than men to spend their profits on household and family needs. Assisting women therefore generates a multiplier effect that has a positive impact on their whole family and community. The funds raised for this cause go towards supporting grassroots community projects that are empowering women through training and education.
An example of one of the projects we are supporting is Huchuy Yachaq in Peru. Huchuy Yachaq is a community center located in the Andes region of Peru, near Cusco. According to the World Health Organisation, 69 percent of women in Cusco have suffered violence; this is a region where poverty continues to undermine health, education and development. The community center aims to improve the lives of everyone living in the community through a library and tutoring service for the kids, and through projects aimed to empower women and reduce domestic violence.
Furthermore, with the funds raised from ESTC in 2010 we funded a jewellery workshop. This workshop will provide training to mothers in the community so that they are then able to produce and sell jewellery. By giving these mothers a new way to earn income, this project will improve their status in their families and it will also allow them to work in a safe environment with their children close by. Providing training for these women will help them assert themselves as community leaders which can be transferred to the rest of the community.
If you would like to donate to the Women’s Empowerment cause click here or to learn more about the eight MDGs check this out.
-Lydia and the ESTC Team