Atleast 8,000 steps… 6km a day… (hold that thought)
2.2 billion- the number of children in the world…
1 billion- almost every second child living in poverty…
1.4 million- the number of children that die each year from lack of access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation…
22,000 children die each day due to poverty…
Ending world poverty … begins somewhere. If we want to see any future, we must look to the younger generations. In the sense that their wellfare is a necessity for humanity’s overall survival.
Research and experience shows that women are more likely to spend their income on food, education, and healthcare for their children. This investment has the power to bring the individual, the family, the community and then the country as a whole out of poverty.
Ending poverty thus starts with women.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, CARE is challenging Canadians to ‘Walk in Her Shoes’.
In the poorest countries in the world, women and girls walk to collect water, firewood and any other basic necessities.
Recall the first numbers up top?
Atleast 8,000 steps, around 6km every single day- Women and children walk these tiresome but needed steps for their family’s survival. It may not sound like much for many of us, but imagine a child walking this distance in the blistering heat of the Sub-Saharan, while carrying a bucket of water or a bag of rice (the equivalent in weight of a suitcase) on their heads. Time consuming, yes this is, which barely leaves any time for education. Poverty strips many children of their rights to education, rights to healthcare, rights to food and basically rights to survival.
These girls grow up in this lifestyle… if they survive, they still remain women in poverty.
A professor of anthropology, Richard Robbins noted that women produce 75 to 90 percent of food crops in the world, while remaining resposible for running the household. Clearly, this does not leave much time for anything else. No human being should suffer such a violation of their human rights. Certainly, people, we can agree that the right to a life out of poverty is a right… a right in which we aim to restore.
“Furthermore, despite the efforts of feminist movements, women in the core [wealthiest, Western countries] still suffer disproportionately, leading to what sociologist refer to as the “feminization of poverty,” where two out of every three poor adults are women. The informal slogan of the Decade of Women became “Women do two-thirds of the world’s work, receive 10 percent of the world’s income and own 1 percent of the means of production.” -Richard Robbins, Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism.
‘Feminization of poverty’ is the unfair suffering of women in poverty. Women taking on responsibilities to keep her family alive. Yes, women are strong and we’ve seen that time and time again, but it’s not right to leave the women that clearly need us, out in the seas of poverty and violence without a raft. These are the women that have bore us into this world, nurtured the very roots of family, community and even the economy. They have held the weight of all that and more for years. It’s time to lend a helping hand and go the distance with them.
The event was until March 8th 2011, but is extended until June 2011. If anyone has taken part in the event already though and has any fun stories from the event or would like to share their experience with us, please feel free to do so below.
JHR could come together as a group and do the walk together. We could also register as a school.
So please give us your opinion on the event and if you would be interested in joining.