International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of women in the social, economic, cultural and political sphere. The theme for 2019 is #BalanceforBetter and is a call for greater gender balance across the world.
Research by the UN has found that globally women carry out at least 2.5 times more unpaid household and care work than men. This unpaid work subsidizes the cost of care that is needed to sustain families and often fills a gap for the lack of publicly provided social services – yet it is rarely recognized as “work”. In our projects, females account for a staggering 84% of the carers we work with. Unpaid care work means women have less time to engage in paid labour and become economically vulnerable as a result.
Working across India, Nepal and Bangladesh we seek to empower female carers by providing them with opportunities to establish their own income-earning ventures which improves their welfare. We also promote advocacy which gives female carers a platform from which they can voice their needs and obtain recognition for the hidden work they do.
We are continuing our work in order to extend our reach and ensure women carers are not disproportionately burdened because of their role as carers.
You can support our work with women carers by donating today. For every £50 we make, one female could be supported to initiate a new livelihood activity which could move her and her family out of poverty.