Women and Children

Women make up approximately one half the population of the world, yet nearly two-thirds of the world’s illiterate are women. All around the globe women face hardship caused by lack of education, lack of opportunity and lack of equality. It is a recipe guaranteed to perpetuate the patterns that trap so many of them – and their children – in poverty.

For these reasons CWS supports programs to provide education for marginalized children and training to increase the income-earning potential of women in developing communities throughout the world. It is why we help schools develop safe and attractive environments for learning and why we support programs that advocate for the rights of children of incarcerated parents. It is also why we work with parents, teachers and children to help them learn the value of good hygiene and the practices necessary to improve their health.

Our impact

Roma Initiative: Protection, Education and Integration

The Roma are one of the most marginalized groups in Serbia. Roma face drastic inequalities, transferred from one generation to the next in a perpetuating cycle of poverty. The cycle is reinforced by stereotypes and discrimination as well as legal and institutional gaps. As a result, most Roma end up with fewer skills, worse job prospects and poorer living conditions than their fellow citizens. The cycle continues with each generation.

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Photo: Frederic Vigne

School Safe Zones

Access to education is a fundamental human right for all children and a key building block of transformative impact at individual, family and community levels. That’s why our team - through our School Safe Zones program - is working with partners in 10 schools in Kenya’s West Pokot and Turkana counties. We remain resolutely committed to ensuring that all girls and boys have access to safe, accessible and affordable education.

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Children, Families and Incarceration

The CWS-supported platform for the defense of the rights of children and adolescents with incarcerated parents, known as Plataforma NNAPEs, continued to strengthen its position as a key actor at both a regional and national level this year. Some of the national accomplishments included producing a documentary in Argentina, creating a protocol in partnership with the Ministry of the Interior in Uruguay and the support of a group of youth and relatives in the Dominican Republic.

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Photo: Silvia Varela

Child Safeguarding Advocacy and Action

2017 was one of great accomplishment for the leadership of The Church of Christ in Thailand which, with continuing CWS encouragement and specialist support from Childline Thailand Foundation President Supinda Chakraband, formally approved and celebrated a Code of Conduct for Child Safeguarding for all members of the Church family: congregations, schools, universities, orphanages and hospitals. The document was rigorously reviewed and discussed to ensure positive understanding and acceptance. As soon as it was approved, the staff of the Office of Child Protection and a CWS team of child safeguarding specialists started to support the rollout of the Code across Thailand.

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Improving Livelihood and Safety Among Burundian Women in Tanzania

Since violence erupted in Burundi in early 2015, more than 250,000 men, women and children have fled to neighboring Tanzania. Only a quarter of refugee families have access to cash income, and economic challenges have driven many refugees to sell food rations or turn to harmful coping strategies such as illegal alcohol production.

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