International Women's Week

#BetheDifference #ChooseToChallenge  #IWD2021

COVID-19 has widened the gender gap in low income and marginalised communities across the world and forced a return to harmful, traditional practices putting lives at risk. 

As poverty increases, families are forced to marry off their girls for a 'bride price', Female Genital Mutilation is increasing. Young girls are performing 'transactional sex' to feed families. Girls as young as nine are pregnant. Ten months of school closure in 2020 has led to many girls not returning to education, affecting their long-term future and fuelling the poverty cycle. 

We #ChooseToChallenge and work to support girls and women with training, education and opportunities to gain skills and the means to have control of their lives. Your support will safeguard the future for girls and women in Kericho County, Kenya, empowering and strengthening their communities.

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Your donation will provide essential materials for the safe re-opening of schools – 100-litre handwashing tanks, soap, posters, learning materials; all crucial to continuing education. 

Your support will enable community-based training on sexual and reproductive health, menstrual health, and offer an Alternative Rite of Passage to girls instead of Female Genital Mutilation. 

Your generosity will fund training of ambassadors and volunteers from the community who pass on their training, knowledge and skills to strengthen their communities. 

By donating now you can advance gender equality and uplift girls and women in Kericho County, providing them with an independent, sustainable future. And the good news is that all donations up to $50 (approx. €40) between 8 and 12 March are matched by GlobalGiving at 50%!

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The past year has been especially challenging for Brighter Communities Worldwide and at this stage regular donations would mean so much to the stability of our programmes. Please consider providing vital, long-term support today and donate a monthly gift by choosing the ‘Donate monthly’ option. After four monthly payments, GlobalGiving will match your generosity by 100% in addition to your 50% match today!
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A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change.
So let's all choose to challenge.

How will you help forge a gender equal world?
Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.

International Women's Day is celebrated on 8 March 2021.