The multipliers of social change
Women make up 43 percent of the agricultural labor force in developing countries. Research shows that if women were given the same access to resources as men, they could increase yields on their farms by as much as 30 percent. At Heifer International we believe there is no development strategy more beneficial to society than the one that involves women as central players. At the same time, we know we have to engage men to encourage a more accepting view of women's participation.
But women are often denied the right to own property or livestock, from attending school, from accessing clean water and even from opening bank accounts and securing loans. Cultural differences keep women suppressed all over the world. Imagine if your sister, daughter or niece were denied access to basic necessities, or denied an education simply because of her gender.
We're working to change the world for women; to unlock their potential and put them in control of their futures.
We know investing in the education of girls is one of the most effective ways to reduce poverty. Educated women have healthier children, are able to educate more of their children and are more likely to work, increasing household income. In the last 20 years according to the United Nations, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys. Let's work together to achieve equality beyond primary school.
She now has a role inside our community and she motivates families to be more involved.Yolmer Delgado, Peru
Our work and evaluations demonstrate that, when we work in partnership with women, families and communities benefit, and positive changes occur. Given the help, tools and training they need to enhance food production and increase assets and income, these women will feed the world's exponentially growing population. You can help these women build better tomorrows for us all.