India has a less-than-stellar reputation concerning women’s rights. Sexual violence and misogyny appear to be normalized, as evidenced by the horrific reports of rape and other crimes against women that have recently come to light. Despite this, women are fighting back using different tactics. Indian women are asserting themselves through employment to attain financial independence.
In Nepal, a country where girls’ voices are traditionally not heard or valued, young women are speaking up and stopping practices of human trafficking, child marriage, abuse and discrimination. Her Turn is at the helm of this transformation.
It will take a vast amount of work to elevate and support women everywhere, but “women are uniquely and bravely creating change in their communities,” and The MATCH Fund is ensuring that they are able to continue this vital work.
The Green and Gold Community Garden initiative is a creative revamping of the community garden model. It tackles issues of food sovereignty, human rights, HIV/ AIDS and trauma counseling, and gender equality through its meaningful partnership with the Tubahumurize Association in Rwanda.
For much of my life, International Women’s Day has been an honourable but distant commemoration. The UN established the day in 1975 to promote women’s rights globally, but from my comfortable Canadian vantage point the problems facing women in the rest of world lacked the substance of reality.
April 6th, 2014 marked the first ever International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. The UN-designated occasion celebrates the fairly new but widely supported notion that sport can transform the lives of people worldwide. The opportunity to participate in sport and play is not only the universal right of a child, it is also a recognized low-cost and high-impact …