Happy International Women’s Day!
Traditionally, women have been under represented in rural Myanmar. The men made the decisions for what they thought was best for the entire village. When we started the Village Development Teams we recognized the need for women to participate equally. Now our VDT’s are equal part women and men, and in some villages there are more women on the teams than men.
Helping women find their voice is a critical part of democracy and the peace making process. Empowering women through education, health, and economic opportunities is the path out of poverty.
Our women centric programs in rural Myanmar include:
- Women’s Investment Groups
- Village Nurse Midwives
- Maternal Health
- Infant and Child Wellness
- Women’s Home Gardening Program
- Equal representation on our Village Development Teams
- Education for girls
- Economic opportunities through pig and coffee farms
Together, we are building a gender-balanced world. Gender balance is essential for world economies and communities to thrive. Better the balance, better the world.