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31 July 2017: African Women's Day

Monday, 31 July 2017

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1962 was the year in which the July 31st as African Women's Day during the Conferencia de Mujeres Africanas in Tanzania. 55 years later, many of the changes in the African continent have been carried out by women. Nobel Peace Prize laureates (Ellen Johnson, Wangari Maathai), or Literature (Nadine Gordimer), presidents (Joyce Banda) ... The development of Africa passes through its women, carriers of firewood, water, life and future. From the Alianza por Solidaridad we accompany these women in their empowerment process, helping to access land, microcredit, out of precarious situations, to combat denial of their rights, abuse, injustice for being a woman ...

This is a long and arduous road. One of the most significant data on the obstacles of women's empowerment in Africa is that they earn on average only 65% of the salary of men, according to the United Nations. This creates an added difficulty for economic independence. In addition, 71 per cent of women in Ethiopia have reported experiencing gender-based violence (physical, psychological and sexual). In other communities, women must even ask their husbands for permission to attend medical appointments.

In Alianza por la Solidaridad we help single mothers with children born out of wedlock have new opportunities: avoiding their exclusion and rejection, creating environments where they can grow in all areas of life and avoid violence against them and their children. The defense of women's rights, empowerment and support in their struggle is one of our axes of action.


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