- Women and girls in many parts of the developing world are highly unfranchised. This simply means that societies have systematically excluded women and girls from receiving equal and fair access to basic rights such as resources, education, health care, employment and legal representation or decision making. The value or worth given to women and girls differ depending on the system of traditional values, interpretation and practice of religious worship, socially constructed ideas of gender roles, and implementation of public policy systems. In many countries, girls are marginalised from the moment that they are born. i.e: China experienced one of the biggest female infanticides in history as having a girl signified giving their single spot of childbearing to a female
- If you are born poor in a low income are most probably you will remain poor for the rest of your life. Opportunities for girls are extremely reduced in low income areas, leaving room for seeking alternative forms of exiting their environment. ie: Prostitution, falling into sexual trafficking traps, engaging in child labor, child-brides and so forth. Most social and political systems do not provide the tools for girls to grow into functional members of a society.
- Women are the largest victims of a patriarchal world and more women are likely to die of hunger than men.
- Girls are the safest when they are given powerful tools to disrupt gender roles. When they are given access to education, a uniform, books, and access to health care, they are empowered with diverse forms of knowledge. This enables them to think critically about their future and to find solutions to community problems.
- Biggest challenges faced by women in low-income urban areas than must be solve: ensuring food and financial security; domestic violence (gender-based violence takes more of a toll on women's health than that of traffic accidents and malaria combined.); shortage in housing; access to maternal health (in developing countries, a girl or a woman dies every minute in giving birth).
- As soon as we start giving opportunities to women in positions of power, we will see changes. Equal representation is essential because although half of the world's population is women, they remain highly unrepresented in all lines of the life sphere.
- Not only giving tools to women that will empower them but also engage as many men as possible in the process, and having them to advocate for women’s rights too.
- Internet is helping to bring more awareness about this issue and more women are being heard from remote places of the world.
- When you empower a women, you empower a whole society, their household, their children and eventually, the world
Her favorite advocates and entrepreneurs engaged in social change and the empowerment of women are as follows:
1) Half the Sky movement: http://www.halftheskymovement.org/
2) Room to Read: http://www.roomtoread.org/
3) UN - CEDAW: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/cedaw.htm
4) Dove Real Beauty Campaigns: http://www.dove.us/social-mission/campaign-for-real-beauty.aspx
5) Rockefeller Foundation:
6) The girl Effect: http://www.girleffect.org/
7) GoldieBlox: http://www.goldieblox.com/