March 8, 2018 is International Women's Day.
World Vision is putting a spotlight on the needs and activism of rural women who make up half of the population living in rural areas in Papua New Guinea.
Rural women play a critical role in rural economies as they participate in farming, livestock care, provide food and water for their families and engage in off-farm activities to diversify their families' livelihoods aside from caring for their children, the elderly and the sick members of their families. Yet rural women continue to have limited decision-making power with regards to family income, which research has shown, is correlated to child survival (health and nutrition) and development (education).
World Vision, with assistance from the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) and PNG Partnership Fund (PPF), is working with communities, including women leaders, in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Madang, Morobe, Sandaun, East Sepik, and the National Capital District in: 1) enhancing access to learning and literacy for children; 2) improving nutrition among children; and 3) enhancing households' access to income through savings.
For this special day, join us in saluting inspiring women in rural areas who are actively involved in World Vision's work for comminities and children in Papua New Guinea.