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International Women's Day 2019

Celebrated each year on March 8th, International Women’s Day has become a key event in the calendar. A day to celebrate all things female and honour the women in our lives who lift us up and inspire us day in and day out.

We also remember those who are not as fortunate, those who have not been born with privilege and must fight each day for their rights.

Women disproportionately bear the burden of poverty. They have fewer ways to cope during crises as they are often the main carers for children and family and often place their needs last. No matter your social status, women all around the globe strive for equality in their home and in their work. This year’s theme is Balance for Better. Christian Aid Ireland works hard to get that balance all across the globe and all with the help of our wonderful supporters.

 

Sierra Leone

People like Jebbeh Konneh in Sierra Leone who is pregnant and should be looking forward to becoming a mum. However, Sierra Leone is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be pregnant, with one in ten mothers dying in childbirth. Our Christian Aid Week appeal this year will focus on maternal health. Together, we’re building more health clinics, so mums can deliver their babies safely. We’re providing health training, so nurses can provide the urgent care that mums need. And we’re improving hygiene, so mums and babies can fight off diseases, and live long and happy lives. To learn more about Christian Aid Week 2019, please go to our appeal page here

In Sierra Leone, where women's voices are not often heard, Irish Aid funded a women's empowerment project. Three women, supported by the Christian Aid project, made history last April by being elected MPs. 

Hon. Rebecca Yei Kamara, Hon. Emelia Lolloh Tongi and Hon. Bernadette Wuyatta Songa credit their success in the election to Christian Aid's work on gender justice. We were delighted to have them visit us in Dublin last September for the women's caucus. (Read more here.)

Our banner image is from September 2018, where female representatives of parliaments across the world gathered in Dublin Castle. The gathering of women's caucuses was the first of its kind in the world. 

Angola
In Angola, where there are more teenage mothers than teenage girls in school, Christian Aid support is helping girls develop the confidence to put their hand up in lessons and join in class discussions, while also empowering them to decline unwanted sexual advances and stand up for themselves if someone treats them badly. Read more about The Girls Building Bridges programme here.

Christian Aid Ireland has gender justice at the heart of its work. To read more about our work on gender please go here.

 

A sincere thanks to all our supporters for enabling us to work towards a world free from poverty and injustice.