Intro to Global Awareness and WCI


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This power point is an introduction to the challenges faced by women in today's world, and particularly in developing and post conflict countries. WCI addresses these challenges through its various advocacy and training programs which are discussed in the second half.

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  • One in 3 women will be beaten raped or abused (usually by someone she knows) .1 in 4 for US
  • Women produce 66% of the world’s work, 50% of food, but earn 10% of include and own 1% of property – women in africa spend 40 billion hours every year traveling to and from water sources – this is the equivalent to the time spent by France’s workforce in one year.
  • CONFLICT Resolution – in spite of 1325 little participation – zero chief mediators in UN System
  • Intro to Global Awareness and WCI

    1. 1. How to Bring About Positive Change in a Complex World © Women’s Campaign International 2011
    2. 2. <ul><li>Overview </li></ul>Working in International Development Challenges Faced by Women in Today’s World <ul><li>Women: </li></ul><ul><li>Perform 66% of the world’s work </li></ul><ul><li>Produce 50% of the food </li></ul><ul><li>But earn 10% of the income </li></ul><ul><li>And own 1% of the property </li></ul>UNICEF, ‘Gender Equality-The Big Picture,’ 2007. “Facts & Figures on Women, Poverty & Economics.”, © Women’s Campaign International 2011
    3. 3. <ul><li>Education </li></ul>Challenges Faced by Women in Today’s World <ul><li>2/3 of the world’s illiterate adults (ages 15 and over) are women. </li></ul><ul><li>When a girl in the developing world receives 7 or more years of education , she marries 4 years later and has 2.2 fewer children . </li></ul><ul><li>UNICEF, Millennium Development Goals, Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women. From </li></ul><ul><li>United Nations Population Fund, State of World Population (1990). From </li></ul><ul><li>Photo From: </li></ul>© Women’s Campaign International 2011
    4. 4. <ul><li>Gender-Based Violence </li></ul><ul><li>Percentage of women abused by partners or former partners: </li></ul>Challenges Faced by Women in Today’s World Violence kills and disables as many women between the ages of 15 and 44 as cancer. Krug et al. 2002. World Report on Violence and Health. Geneva: World Health Organization. From World Health Organization, Multi-Country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence Against Women (2005). From UN Millennium Project. 2005. Taking Action: Achieving Gender Equality and Empowering Women.  Task Force on Education and Gender Equality. London and Sterling, VA: Earthscan. © Women’s Campaign International 2011
    5. 5. <ul><li>Labor & Economic Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Women are more likely than men to be employed in the informal employment sector, which usually offers minimal job security, little to no benefits, and much lower wages. </li></ul><ul><li>75% of women worldwide cannot get bank loans because they have unpaid or insecure jobs and do not own property. </li></ul><ul><li>40 billion hours are spent by women and children every year traveling to and from water sources </li></ul><ul><li>Seven Priorities, Seven Years to Go: Progress on Achieving Gender Equality, (2008). From </li></ul><ul><li>UNDP, Gender and Poverty . From </li></ul><ul><li>Action Aid: Hit or Miss: Women’s Rights and the Millennium Development Goals (2008) </li></ul>Challenges Faced by Women in Today’s World © Women’s Campaign International 2011
    6. 6. <ul><li>Sexual and Reproductive Health </li></ul><ul><li>4/5 of maternal deaths result from complications that could have been prevented if a skilled birthing attendant had been present or if emergency obstetric care had been available </li></ul><ul><li>1 in 3 deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth could be avoided if effective contraception is available to all women who want it </li></ul>Challenges Faced by Women in Today’s World UNICEF, Child Info, Statistics by Area/Maternal Health, ( ). From United Nations Population Fund, State of World Population (1990). From © Women’s Campaign International 2011
    7. 7. <ul><li>Sexual and Reproductive Health: Fistula </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Main Causes: malnutrition and early pregnancies, no access to medical care, days of obstructed labor, cultural norms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Results in child’s death and mother’s loss of control of urine and feces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Associated with high death rates for mother and child </li></ul></ul>Challenges Faced by Women in Today’s World <ul><li>100,000 new cases reported each year, estimated 2 million living with it </li></ul><ul><li>Treatment Options </li></ul><ul><ul><li>90% success rate, $300 USD </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WCI supported Fistula clinic in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia </li></ul></ul>Campaign to End Fistula, © Women’s Campaign International 2011
    8. 8. <ul><li>Displaced Persons/Refugees </li></ul>Challenges Faced by Women in Post-Conflict Regions <ul><li>70 - 80 % of refugee and internally displaced populations are women and children </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly 100 % of girls who escape or are released from rebel control exhibit one or more STIs </li></ul><ul><li>Reproductive Health Response in Crises Consortium, “Conflict, Post-Conflict, and HIV/AIDS — The Gender Connections” (2001). From </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>© Women’s Campaign International 2011
    9. 9. <ul><li>Additional Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Widows, single women without family support and female-headed households are especially susceptible to increased economic hardship </li></ul><ul><li>A lack of property rights, inheritance rights, or access to pensions increases economic fragility </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of social services </li></ul><ul><li>Land grabbing </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in domestic violence </li></ul><ul><li>Amnesty International, “Women in Post-Conflict Situations: A Fact Sheet” (2005). From </li></ul>Challenges Faced by Women in Post-Conflict Regions © Women’s Campaign International 2011
    10. 10. What we do? <ul><li>Working in emerging democracies and post-conflict regions around the world, Women’s Campaign International advances opportunities for women to actively participate in public advocacy, market and political processes .  In providing the requisite skills, knowledge and culturally-sensitive support, we develop leaders who transform the lives of everyone they serve. </li></ul>© Women’s Campaign International 2011
    11. 11. Where We Work Colombia Philadelphia Liberia Romania Namibia Tanzania Malawi Ethiopia Palestinian Territories Azerbaijan Sri Lanka Sudan Uganda Afghanistan Andean Region Bosnia-Herzegovina Ghana Kenya © Women’s Campaign International 2011
    12. 12. Our Program Models <ul><li>WCI empowers women leaders around four core areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Political Participation, Campaigns and Leadership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Civic Education, Advocacy, and Grassroots Organizing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peace Building and Conflict Mitigation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Livelihoods </li></ul></ul>Why Women? “ When it comes to development and poverty reduction, all roads lead to women: their education, their health, and their economic independence.” - Marjorie Margolies, WCI President and Founder © Women’s Campaign International 2011
    13. 13. Our Program Models <ul><li>WCI program criteria: </li></ul><ul><li>Strong (or emerging) civil society that supports women’s rights; </li></ul><ul><li>Movement to enhance women’s leadership and participation in political, economic, and advocacy processes; </li></ul><ul><li>Strong on the ground relationships (or the ability to form key partnerships). </li></ul>How do we select a country? © Women’s Campaign International 2011
    14. 14. Political Participation, Campaigns & Leadership 625 women candidates trained in Afghanistan in 2010 Over 50% of the world’s population is female but only 18% of legislators in parliaments around the world are women May 2010 Training of Women’s Caucus in Afghanistan Source: Inter-Parliamentary Union Increasing Women’s Political Participation © Women’s Campaign International 2011
    15. 15. Civic Education, Advocacy, & Grassroots Organizing WCI and the Women’s Caucus tripled the number of people tested for HIV/AIDS in Malawi through a nationwide advocacy campaign 33.2 million estimated living with HIV/AIDS 75% of HIV infected youth in Africa are girls Source: WHO and World Bank 61% of people living with HIV are women HIV/AIDS Media Campaign- Malawi © Women’s Campaign International 2011
    16. 16. <ul><li>Building Women’s Capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Improving women’s abilities to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create, lead and participate in conflict transformation efforts in cases of protracted conflict; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Impart the skills and knowledge they gain to other women in their country in order to ensure that their impact is sustainable; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build productive relationships with their male colleagues </li></ul></ul>Peace Building and Conflict Mitigation © Women’s Campaign International 2011
    17. 17. Of 985 million people living in extreme poverty in developing countries, 70% are women Source: IFAD Providing women with the skills to be successful entrepreneurs, including value added agricultural production, business planning skills, marketing, and accounting Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Livelihoods Women Entrepreneurs, Liberia 2009 When women have equal access to inputs such as training, tools and fertilizer, total yields can increase by up to 20 % Source: USAID Women in Development © Women’s Campaign International 2011
    18. 18. Obstacles and Challenges <ul><li>Politics, Civil Unrest, Unstable, Volatile and Confusing Environments </li></ul>© Women’s Campaign International 2011
    19. 19. Obstacles and Challenges <ul><li>Weak Infrastructure, </li></ul><ul><li>Lack and limited resources </li></ul><ul><li>Limited Rule of Law </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of Coordination </li></ul>© Women’s Campaign International 2011
    20. 20. The Road to Successes <ul><li>Words to Live by: Structured Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Thorough and Participatory Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive program design using the Log Frame Process </li></ul><ul><li>Strong partnership and on the ground presence </li></ul><ul><li>The right hires (experienced and innovative) </li></ul><ul><li>Local Buy in and engagement </li></ul>© Women’s Campaign International 2011
    21. 21. Program Design © Women’s Campaign International 2011
    22. 22. <ul><li>Liberia Model </li></ul><ul><li>Liberia Model </li></ul>Engaging Women in Post-Conflict Reconstruction Provide Ministry of Gender and Development with: Provide Rural Women with training on: <ul><ul><li>Leadership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advocacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Agriculture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic Empowerment </li></ul></ul>Women Lead Social Change © Women’s Campaign International 2011
    23. 23. <ul><li>National Rural Women’s Program </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive leadership and economic empowerment model </li></ul><ul><li>Cassava grinder </li></ul><ul><li>Liberia Model </li></ul>Women’s Campaign International © Women’s Campaign International 2011
    24. 24. <ul><li>Advocacy </li></ul>Women’s Campaign International <ul><ul><li>Advocacy is…. a way that people and organizations in Civil Society can let decision-makers in Government or Businesses know about issues that are important to them. Advocacy focuses on an issue and raising awareness about that issue, any related problems, possible solutions and what people can do to help. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why it’s important: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Raise awareness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Impact decision-makers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Grassroots mobilization </li></ul></ul></ul>© Women’s Campaign International 2011
    25. 25. Contact Us For use of these slides please contact: [email_address] Telephone: (215) 387-2601 Fax: (215) 387-2604 © Women’s Campaign International 2011