Raising Women’s Voices
Poverty affects both men and women. But when it comes to securing a bright future, women face more challenges.
Women are often expected to manage their households. That includes raising children, cooking, getting water and other daily tasks. But too often they do not have the resources they need to succeed. They are less likely to be able to finish school or build careers. Their rights are less likely to be upheld.
Through CWS programs around the world, women are rising to meet these challenges. They are going to school and learning to read and write. They are building businesses and expanding enterprises. They are putting food on the table and providing for their children.
When women rise, they take their families and their communities with them. And we're here to help them as they do it.
Turning the Page for Roma Women
As Hardships Grow, so Does a Harmful Practice
In many cultures across the globe, female genital mutilation – or FGM – has long been practiced as a rite of passage marking the transition of girls to womanhood. It is often considered a necessary steppingstone to marriage and motherhood. On the contrary, FGM is now increasingly understood to be a painful, unnecessary tradition without medical benefits. Its harmful effects …
On International Day of the Girl, Wisdom from a Role Model
Felicia is a longtime friend of CWS from the Dominican Republic. CWS supports regional advocacy and support of children whose parents are incarcerated. Felicia participated in programs through our partner in the Dominican Republic, Caminante Proyecto Educativo. She has shared her own experience as the child of an incarcerated parent with international audiences and has helped bring attention to an …
From the Shadows to the Negotiating Table
In the face of coronavirus, prisons around the world have the makings of a tinderbox for an outbreak. Inmates live in cramped spaces. Sanitation conditions are often poor. Older inmates or those with health conditions live among the general population. In some cases, worried inmates have demonstrated and demanded protection when the virus arrives at their facility. One of these …