Today is International Women’s Day

[Although women have made many strides toward gender equality, there is still a ways to go. For example, here in Canada, women still only earn about 70 to 85 cents of every dollar that men earn for the same work. Teenage females are stressed out by and worry about violence in school, which also can contribute to mental and physical health conditions for these female teens, which lead to high admission rates in hospitals.  In celebration of International Women’s Day, I’ve posted information here from our Alberta & the Territories ELCIC Social Justice Newsletter – South Alberta.  -Dimlamp]

Meet Doris Rodriguez and Judith Tembo Zulu (virtually) for International Women’s Day

CLWR is happy to mark International Women’s Day, on March 8. Gender equality is a “cross-cutting theme” in CLWR’s development programming, which means that efforts are made to include men and women equally in all our projects. Below, please meet two women who have benefitted from this work. Please share their stories!

 Doris Rodriguez trains her community in Peru on how to properly raise guinea pigs, using her farm as an example. She and her husband Rolando work together on raising their livestock, challenging stereotypes about “women’s” and “men’s” work.  (video)

 When CLWR’s partner Lutheran World Federation came to Malata, Zambia, Judith Tembo Zulu received training in leadership, literacy and gender equality. She was elected to lead the village’s Strategic Action Group, a grassroots committee responsible for managing development initiatives in the village. She ran for public office and now serves as an area councillor for the Mkaika Ward in Katete District. (blog)

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The refugees in Darfur and Chad

The refugees in Darfur and Chad

As you long term, regular readers of this blog know, I appreciate some of the work of Amnesty International—especially as AI works to improve the basic, universal human rights of all human beings and speak out on behalf of the world’s poorest and often forgotten peoples. Recently AI members visited Darfur and Chad and were heartbroken by the ongoing, desperate plight of so many refugees there. I ask you to remember the refugees in Darfur and Chad in your prayers and, if the Spirit moves you, to support financially the work of benevolent organisations like AI, Church NGOs, and others who are working on the front lines to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people living a hand-to-mouth existence in refugee camps in fear of their lives. Thank you. May the LORD of life and love have mercy on these his precious people who suffer more in one day than many of us do in one year or perhaps even a life-time. You can read more about the AI visit here.