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Women across the world have fewer opportunities and suffer from exponentially more rights violations simply because they are female. In some countries, women are the legal property of their husbands, are unable to receive inheritance, cannot borrow money, and do not have rights. It is common for women to not receive an education, be allowed to make decisions on how to care for their children, or decide when and how to be touched.
With these restrictions, women must depend entirely on their husbands for survival. Without a husband, women have little to support them. The resulting statistics of this highly abusive cycle are staggering:
- Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours and produce half of the world’s food, yet earn only 10 percent of the world’s income and own less than one percent of the world’s property
- Domestic violence is the biggest cause of injury and death to women around the globe, killing more women aged 15-44 than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents, and war
- 75 percent of the one billion illiterate people around the world are women
Fighting gender discrimination is extremely challenging due to embedded cultural traditions that benefit patriarchal systems. However, these exploitive traditions oppress half the world's population, inhibiting women's right to equality, education, and economic opportunity. Without gender equity, communities do not have the resources to overcome poverty.
By working at the community level with local leadership, FSD is able to integrate gender equity solutions that are culturally sensitive and benefit the entire community. We partner with over 50 local organizations that provide opportunity for women in a variety of tested methods. These include: vocational skills and microenterprise development training; microfinance opportunities; self-help groups; community workshops on rights, reproductive health, gender sensitivity, leadership, life skills, literacy, empowerment, etc.; legal and psychological counseling for victims of abuse; advocacy campaigns; and much more.
Interns, volunteers, and donors work with FSD to provide the resources and tools necessary for women to thrive in their community. Read about our Community Partners to learn more about Gender Equity programs and opportunities in the field with FSD.
For a description of the Gender Equity opportunities available in each country, click on the links below: