International Women’s Day- Meet 3 Women Inspiring Us

It’s no secret that World Vision’s work is holistic. It’s about identifying the kinds of relief, development and advocacy programming that will create the most beneficial impact to whole communities. Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day and it’s a great opportunity to share why and how World Vision invests in projects that empower women. It turns out that investing in women is extremely beneficial for communities. Not just for equality, but for whole families and communities.

What does this mean?
According to USAID and UNICEF:

  • When 10% more girls go to school, a country’s GDP rises by an average 3%.
  • When women, who make up 43% of the agriculture labour force, have the same amount of land as men, there is over a 10% increase in crop yields.
  • When women and girls earn income, they are likely to reinvest 90% of it into their families.

But what does this actually look like?
At HungerFree, we share stories of empowerment, and guess what? A lot of these are amazing, inspiring women! Meet a few of them here.

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Beatrice is a farmer and a mother in Kilifi County, Kenya. She works hard to provide for her family despite setbacks. She told the HungerFree team about one of the biggest challenges facing her and her ability to provide for her family: climate change. She has taken the initiative to learn new farming techniques from World Vision. Her deep desire to provide for her family and desire to be a farmer to do so really inspires us.
Watch: Who Climate Change Hurts the Most

 

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Aimee Borque-Wimbush is a chef and a mother in Montreal, Canada. She values community and seeks to give back and unite through food. While working with HungerFree on HungerFree Vol. 2, she shared her story of food with us mentioning, “Food unites people like no other medium and has a way of showing us that while we are diverse, we are not so very different after all.” Aimee inspires us to bring other people to conversations and celebrations.
Read: Feeding the World from My Table

 

 

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Nyabol is a refugee and a sister living in Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp. She doesn’t know her parents and often doesn’t have enough food to eat. Yet she likes going school and cooking with her sister. Nyabol has potential, like thousands of other refugee girls, to become a leader in her community and be economically secure. If this happens, she will statistically invest back in her communities. Nyabol inspires us to not forget about people, especially brave girls.
Read: Nyabol | Story of an African Child

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