You are here

March 8th marked International Women's Day

International Women's Day connects women around the world and inspires them to achieve their full potential. It highlights the progress women have made in their struggle for economic, social, cultural and political equality across the globe. Concern is committed to empowering women living in poverty to make major improvements in their lives. Celebrating the valuable work of women around the world, Concern recognises that gender equality is essential to advancing justice and development.

Working with women

As Concern’s programmes target the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, many have a significant focus on women and  children. Our work is directly linked to the United Nations , a set of targets agreed to by the world’s leaders that aim to halve the number of people living in absolute poverty by the year 2015.

Our programmes are primarily focused on emergency response and preparedness, education, HIV and AIDS, livelihoods support, and health raising and nutrition.  An example of how Concern is working to empower women within these programmes is Mme Benilia Lombrage.  Read her full story

Here are some key facts and figures:

More than 80% of the world’s estimated 40 million refugees are women and children. Over two thirds of the world’s 876 million illiterate people are women 70% of the more than one billion people who live in absolute poverty - on less than a dollar a day - are women.

Working in partnership with local governments and community organisations, Concern is working with women to address these issues with the following initiatives:

Concern's emergency work covers preparedness and disaster mitigation in phase one of its response, and helps families rebuild their lives in phase two Concern includes an educational component in virtually all of its programmes. Globally, Concern has built hundreds of schools and educated and trained tens of thousands of women Concern helps women break the cycle of poverty by supplying them with job training, coordinating literacy programmes and offering credit and microfinance.