Today is International Women’s Day and it’s a great opportunity to take a moment to celebrate women around the world who are strong in the midst of adversity, who support themselves and their families in the face of overwhelming injustice and who give their lives to transform the next generation.
Consider the following from the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women:
- Women’s nominal wages are 17 percent lower than men’s.
- The global economic crisis is expected to plunge a further 22 million women into unemployment, which would lead to a female unemployment rate of 7.4 percent (versus 7 percent of male unemployment).
- Women are concentrated in insecure jobs in the informal sector with low income and few rights; they tend to have few skills and only basic education. They are the first to be fired.
- The global vulnerable employment rate is expected to range between 50.5–54.7 percent for women, compared to a range of 47.2–51.8 percent for men.
In La Limonada there is an overwhelming majority of women who work in our programs – most doing so for a salary equivalent to about $10 a day. When we conduct “Parenting School” once a month (required for parents of children who attend the schools), almost all of the parents who show up are mothers.
We believe that empowering women and educating girls is essential to transforming La Limonada, and on this International Women’s Day we recognize all the women who invest in serving the people of La Limonada as well as the women we serve who give all they have to make the best lives possible for their families.
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female,
for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28