Honoring the Achievements of Women Across the World

March 08, 2011

Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, a chance to honor the economic, political and social achievements of women around the world.

Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, a chance to honor the economic, political and social achievements of women around the world. This year’s theme is “Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.” For TechnoServe, this theme represents the heart of our mission. We work every day to empower poor people in the developing world to earn incomes that help support their families and communities. As six out of 10 of the world’s poorest people are women and girls, we recognize the special importance of helping women advance.

This is apparent in initiatives such as our Young Women in Enterprise (YWE) program, which empowers young women in low-income urban areas of Kenya to create their own small businesses. The YWE program shows young women vital business skills and helps connect them to mentors and sources of financing.

For example, Cecilia Katungwa used the skills she learned from YWE to launch a shop for knitted goods in her Nairobi neighborhood. Her store employs two other young women and has given Cecilia a steady income. Economic opportunities not only raise standards of living, they help potentially vulnerable girls and women to steer clear of dangers such as HIV/AIDS. These women gain a feeling of pride in their work. The whole community benefits when young women like Cecilia are empowered to take control of their future.

“Because of my business, I have choices that help keep me safe and HIV-free,” Cecilia says. “And today, I employ other girls from Nairobi’s slums so I can pass on what I learn and keep them HIV-free too.”

Learn more about how TechnoServe is working to empower women. Read about:

Our efforts to train women dairy farmers in Kenya.
A women-owned business that is benefiting one of the poorest areas in Guatemala.
TechnoServe’s “Women Mean Business” program in Uganda.
Our collaboration with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative.