Women and girls are disproportionately affected by poverty and discrimination. Not everyone starts from the same place on the path out of poverty. Lack of education for girls contributes to early marriage, higher birth rates, and lower income. Discriminatory laws prohibit women from owning or inheriting property, holding bank accounts, or prosecuting abusers.
CARE is promoting the role of women in economic activities. As we work with communities to strengthen the local economy, we are ensuring the meaningful participation of women. For example, meetings and training sessions educate women and men about gender roles in labour and raise the visibility of women’s unpaid work.
RUN4ACAUSE + WIHS 2014
The Walk IN Her Shoes 103km Relay Run supports International Women’s Day by showcasing our most powerful resource – women! The Leg 4 of our 103km supports economic leadership for women in Latin America.
Women in Bolivia face ongoing struggles in healthcare, maternal health and cultural change, living in a country that is traditionally misogynist, although the constitution guarantees equal rights for women and men. Economically and politically, women have recently garnered more influence in decision making. According to the Human Development Report Office of the United Nations Development Programme, in Bolivia “men receive more and better education than women, receive increased and better health assistance than women, and have the possibility to generate greater income while working less. Our hope is that from providing support through our efforts of running and raising awareness we can reduce this burden for women.
- Bolivia is one of the poorest and least developed countries in Latin America.
- More than half of Bolivia’s population lives below the poverty line, living on less than $2 a day. (WHO, 2011)
- Over 67 per cent of women have only primary school education or none at all. (WHO, 2011)
- Women in the project’s area are estimated to make 67 cents for every dollar a man earns.
FEATURED PROJECT: TUKUY YANAPANA PROJECT
PROJECT: Collaborating for Local Economic Development.
LOCATION: Bolivia– TUKUY YANAPANA PROJECT (2012-2016)
TOTAL IMPACT: 54,690 people.
CARE’s Tukuy Yanapana project works with local municipalities to boost the profitability of small businesses so families can enjoy better incomes for years to come.
Farmers in the provinces of Chuquisaca experience poor productivity while local businesses lack strong links to markets for their products. Bolivia also has one of the highest levels of income inequality between women and men in Latin America. Barriers continue to prevent women from participating in and benefiting equally from small businesses.
- Improve the profitability and competiveness of small family farms and businesses in four municipalities of Chuquisaca. This will be done through improving municipal governance, education and training, and strengthening gender equality.
- Encourage the creation of municipal strategies that ensure sustainable and fair economic development through farmer and civil society participation.
- Work directly with more than 1,500 small-scale farmers and small business owners, both women and men, and indirectly benefit more than 53,000 community members.
Full link here: https://care.ca/our-work/what-we-do/food-security/tukuy
Tukuy Yanapana means “We all collaborate” in Quechua, the language spoken by the people of the Chuquisaca region of Bolivia. As part of this project, CARE will:
- Increase the participation of women and girls in the economy by giving them a voice in the decision-making process for the creation of new economic regulations and policies.
- Work with municipal governments to develop policies and regulations that support farmers and businesses and increase their competitiveness. CARE will help form partnerships between governments and local organizations that support fair and transparent local economic development initiatives.
- Promote the role of women in economic activities through awareness-raising initiatives such as teaching women about market competitiveness and training local government and private sector actors in gender equality.
- Educate women and men about gender roles in labour and raise the visibility of women’s unpaid work through a series of meetings and training sessions.
- Support small farms and businesses in improving production, management and commercialization.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
To Join: Walk In Her Shoes 103km Relay Run Leg 5: Team “Whizzle Whuzzle RUN4ACAUSE + WIHS” – email Sarah@fittotrain.com
To Support this project: http://careca.convio.net/site/TR/Events/General/1945593568?pg=team&fr_id=1110&team_id=2310