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Two out of three. Two-thirds of the people who live in poverty around the world are women. And this should concern us all.

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
–African Proverb

Empowering women strengthens us all. Here are just some of the facts –

  • When there is an increase in the proportion of women in the labor force, countries see accelerated economic growth, and more money is spent on children’s needs.
  • Giving women farmers more resources has the potential to reduce the number of hungry people in the world by between 100 and 150 million.
  • For every one additional year of school a girl receives, the chance that her future child will die before the age of five decreases by 9.5 percent; if all girls had secondary education, the rate of child marriage could fall by 64 percent globally.
  • When women are included in peace processes and negotiations, there is a 20 percent greater chance the agreement will last two years and a 35 percent greater chance that an agreement will last 15 years.

Because it is clear that helping women helps us all, the United States has a long history of using this knowledge and funding programs that involve empowering women, including Feed the Future, Let Girls Learn, Saving Mothers, Giving Life, and the PEPFAR DREAMS program to counter factors that increase girls’ HIV risk, including poverty, sexual violence, and lack of education. This is just a very tiny fraction of what is done with less than 1% of the U.S. federal budget.

These programs do good. They are essential for building sustainable communities, strong partners for the U.S., and saving lives. United States foreign assistance is implemented through trusted partners, including World Vision – and it is expected that in the upcoming proposed budget, these programs will be cut by as much as 40%.

International Women’s Day is more than a day. It is a time to universally recognize both achievements of, and injustices towards, women and girls. It is also a day to take action and #BeBoldForChange. Contact your members of Congress, because the world cannot afford these cuts that will keep us from moving forward, together.

Ask Congress to reject any proposed cuts to foreign assistance programs. Personalize the email about why this issue is important to you. Feel free to make edits and additions to highlight what you think is most important.

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Photo: Rosemary, an 8-year-old girl dreams of being a chef because she loves to serve people. She also loves science and math. © 2016 World Vision/ photo by  Jon Warren

13 Comments

  • There are so many ways that a budget can be trimmed. PLEASE do not do so at the expense of women and children around the world. There is so much work left to do to provide relief from extreme poverty, end sex trafficking, and educate those deemed unworthy.

  • Empowering women strengthens us all. Here are just some of the facts –
    When there is an increase in the proportion of women in the labor force, countries see accelerated economic growth, and more money is spent on children’s needs.
    Giving women farmers more resources has the potential to reduce the number of hungry people in the world by between 100 and 150 million.
    For every one additional year of school a girl receives, the chance that her future child will die before the age of five decreases by 9.5 percent; if all girls had secondary education, the rate of child marriage could fall by 64 percent globally.
    When women are included in peace processes and negotiations, there is a 20 percent greater chance the agreement will last two years and a 35 percent greater chance that an agreement will last 15 years.
    Because it is clear that helping women helps us all, the United States has a long history of using this knowledge and funding programs that involve empowering women, including Feed the Future, Let Girls Learn, Saving Mothers, Giving Life, and the PEPFAR DREAMS program to counter factors that increase girls’ HIV risk, including poverty, sexual violence, and lack of education. This is just a very tiny fraction of what is done with less than 1% of the U.S. federal budget.
    These programs do good. They are essential for building sustainable communities, strong partners for the U.S., and saving lives. United States foreign assistance is implemented through trusted partners, including World Vision – and it is expected that in the upcoming proposed budget, these programs will be cut by as much as 40%.
    International Women’s Day is more than a day. It is a time to universally recognize both achievements of, and injustices towards, women and girls. It is also a day to take action and #BeBoldForChange. The world cannot afford these cuts that will keep us from moving forward, together.
    Please reject any proposed cuts to foreign assistance programs. This is vitally important yo me as the mother of three teenage daughters. Do not be remembered for squandering their future or that of others.
    VEvan
    Chicago IL

  • It is so unfortunate that we do not have full control on foreign assistance money, especially who is getting the benefit. War lords? Starving children? Vast difference here. Please be wise and selective if you have to make any cut. Don’t close your eyes and throw your arms up in the air. Your good deeds will be known to the Heaven. God can not be mocked. With my prayers, Hisashi.

  • The lives of everyone, men, women and children deserve all the help that we can give them. We easily have the money and funds to do this. Try trimming the waste in our budgets and not the aid!

  • There are so many people in the world who need help. Many do not have a place to live nor do they have decent drinking water. How many people are destitute because of fighting in their homelands. The US has an obligation to help as much as possible. Please do not cut funding that embowers women and children.

  • Please remember all the many people who need assistance from folks in the US in order obtain clean water, educational opportunities, pre-natal care, meals, medical care, and preventative medicine. Support organizations such as World Vision that have a proven track record of faithful service and life change throughout the globe. We are counting on you to be globally-minded and to make decisions that support the wellness, dignity, civil rights, and educational needs of those who struggle with poverty.

  • We have to protect the lives of women so they can take care of their families. We will have no one to trade with if we do not help people in their time of need. Trimming aid to starving people will not help the economy.

  • Not investing 100% in women, children and men has got to be the dumbest thing we do…among all the other dumb things they do.

  • Please vote to maintain or even increase foreign assistance. The world’s most vulnerable are facing ever increasing needs. If we don’t address the world’s issues of famine, civil wars, and refugees, terrorist groups will fill the void. Vote to make the world a healthier and safer place for all.

  • My name is Cheryl Tay, and I live in Chicago, Illinois. Recognizing the benefits of improving the lives of women around the world, I ask that the United States not decrease the support given overseas (which amounts to less than 1% of our budget). When a higher percentage of women are in the labor force, countries see their economic growth speeded up, and more money is spent on children’s needs. When women are a part of peace processes and negotiations, there is a 20% greater chance the agreement will last two years and a 35% greater chance that an agreement will last 15 years. Thus, helping women helps all of us.

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