Archive for ‘Equality’


Gender-Based Violence and Female Empowerment in Malawi

January 31st, 2019

“Unfortunately, gender-based violence remains a serious development challenge in Malawi. Women and girls in Malawi fare worse than their male counterparts on socio-economic indicators including literacy, secondary and tertiary education enrolment and completion, wage equality, political participation, and literacy. Despite their critical role in food production for their households, Malawian women have little control over land, even when it is their own.” - USAID

This is one of the key drivers for our mission, to give children the skills to grow themselves, to help help women feed themselves and their families, and to facilitate access to land. And it’s why The Tuesday Trust strongly believes in supporting girls staying longer in education.

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Today is International Day of the Girl

October 11th, 2017

Today is International Day of the Girl. We strongly support the ambition of UN Women: “On the International Day of the Girl Child, let us commit to investing in skills training and education for girls and livelihood activities for young women around the world who are facing crises. Far from being passive recipients of assistance, these girls are leaders who will use the skills that they develop today to rebuild their communities, and create a better future for all of us.

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Girl Power: Getting them back into school

September 26th, 2017

Although the number of out-of-school girls has declined by 52 million since 2000, 63 million girls are still not in school today. According to the most recent UNESCO Institute of Statistics data, girls are twice as likely as boys never to enrol in school.

Barriers to girls’ education are complex and multifaceted. In addition to unfavourable school environments, they can include discriminatory social and cultural factors, early marriage and school-related violence.

There are huge advantages to a society to having more girls go through school, it’s much beyond the macro benefit. The child of a mother who can read is 50% more likely to live past 5 years. Fascinating infographic here which is both horrifying and a source of hope: http://www.globalpartnership.org/blog/breaking-down-barriers-girls-education.

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Women’s Education is a Key Influencer of Health

October 15th, 2015

We’re sometimes asked why we’re focussing in our small way on women’s projects, with women growing to feed themselves, on educating them too and supporting girls in school. One fundamental is that women’s education is the essential predictor of infant mortality, more than household income or wealth. This is the view of Michael Marmot is his latest book, “The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World.”

He’s only framing an insight that’s revealed itself all around the world:

That Women’s Education is a Key Determinant in their Children’s Survival

According to The UN, available information from 68 countries with data on under-five mortality by mothers’ education indicates that a woman’s education is a key factor in determining whether her children will survive past the first five years of life. A child’s chances of surviving increase even further when his or her mother has a secondary or higher education. This may be at the edge of dreams for rural Malawian women. However, even an extra year of primary school increases girls’ eventual wages by 10-20%, encourages girls to marry later and have fewer children, and makes them less likely to experience violence.

Yet unfortunately, in many areas of the world, educating girls is perceived to be less important than educating boys. It’s not about equality in an abstract moral sense - though it’s that too - it’s about practicality and survival of the nation.Keeping women uneducated is a lose-lose.

And these women are working incredibly hard. Women in Malawi spend over eight times more than men collecting water and fuel. While girls in rural Malawi also spend over three times more time than boys fetching the same. With less chances to stay in school. It’s not behaviour unique to Malawi, quite the reverse - as laid out in this UN Women Watch summary.

So as well as promoting food sustenance projects among women, we’re trying to help upskill them a little, and offer the opportunity for schooling for all to last at least a little longer. Of course, that’s also easier when you’re not hungry too.

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