Power through Education
International Women’s Rights Conference, 2011
Awareness and understanding of Millennium Development Goal 3, Gender Equality, are at the heart of this project, funded by UKAid, in the UK and Tanzania. The stark fact is that worldwide, 1.3 billion people live in absolute poverty on less than $1 a day. 70% are women. But this is not confined to poorer countries. In the UK, single mothers are most at risk in the current economic climate. In the USA two thirds of the poorest people in the country are women.
But why, when women are at the heart of all spheres of global wellbeing? It is only through an understanding of the ways in which women are denied their rights across the world that we can work together to overcome these challenges.
One hundred women of all ages and backgrounds attended our first international women’s rights conference in Bristol, and a few men got past the gates too. A mixture of talks, workshops and mini-activities going on throughout the day meant that there was something for everyone. Participants had the chance to learn about the projects undertaken by our partners on the
ground in Africa. Inspiring guest facilitators from organisations including the British Red Cross and Refugee Action spoke about their work with women in Bristol and the South West, while
Ellie Land, Director and Animator discussed the representation of women in film. “I’ve learnt so much today,” said one participant, “I just wish there was more time to spend on each topic.”