For many years, international and civil society organizations have been marking ‘World Toilet Day’ all over the world. However it was not until July 2013 that the United Nations officially declared 19 November as ‘World Toilet Day’. The objective of World Toilet Day is to make sanitation problems a global priority and bring about changes in behaviour and policy on issues ranging from improving water management to ending open defecation.
Since 2010, The World Federation has been doing its part to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) formed by the United Nations are met by 2015. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the world's time-bound and quantified targets for addressing extreme poverty in its many dimensions including income poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelter, and exclusion-while promoting gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability. They are also basic human rights - the rights of each person on the planet to health, education, shelter, and security.
MDG GOAL 3: PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY AND EMPOWER WOMEN
Low attendance in schools and access to education is directly linked to poverty. One of the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals is to achieve universal primary education. According to the MDG Report 2015:
• Many more girls are now in school compared to 15 years ago. The developing regions as a whole have achieved the target to eliminate gender disparity in
primary, secondary and tertiary education.
• In Southern Asia, only 74 girls were enrolled in primary school for every 100 boys in 1990. Today, 103 girls are enrolled for every 100 boys.
• Women now make up 41 per cent of paid workers outside the agricultural sector, an increase from 35 per cent in 1990.
• Between 1991 and 2015, the proportion of women in vulnerable employment as a share of total female employment has declined 13 percentage points. In contrast, vulnerable employment among men fell by 9 percentage points.
• Women have gained ground in parliamentary representation in nearly 90 per cent of the 174 countries with data over the past 20 years. The average proportion of women in parliament has nearly doubled during the same period. Yet still only one in five members are women.
THE WORLD FEDERATION’S CONTRIBUTION
In 2014 and 2015, The World Federation gifted 85 sewing machines to women in Pakistan who lost male breadwinners in their families to targeted killings. In addition to the sewing machines, workshops and training programs were provided to each recipient to learn how to sew in order to start their own businesses to provide for their families. Please download the reports in the table below to learn more about this initiative.
|DOWNLOAD REPORT (click on report below)||NO. OF WOMEN HELPED|
|2014 - Pakistan Genocide Appeal||25|
|2015 - Pakistan Genocide Appeal||60|
2 SUCCESS STORIES:
Beneficiary 1 (DI Khan)
“My husband was an employee at the Justice Court before he was killed by terrorists. After his martyrdom we faced a lot of problems including financial worries as he was the sole earner of our family. I was very much worried about the future of my children. We were living hand to mouth. I was educated and skilled, but had no financial resources to earn a living. Thanks to the Almighty, our days started to change when a skills training center funded by The World Federation in our village was in need of a lady instructor. I applied for this post and was selected. I provided training to women in District DI Khan who also lost their male bread winners in targeted killings. After a successful program, I received a sewing machine. This was a turning point for our family. I started working and spent a lot of time to earn a living to pay for our all of our basic needs and requirements. Thanks to Allah (swt), now we are satisfied, we have a firm way of earning. Now my children are getting their education.”
Beneficiary 2 (DI Khan)
“When my father’s life was taken in a targeting killing, we could not even imagine the huge imminent problems and issues we would have to face. How would we afford to pay for our daily necessities? We are six members in our family. Shortly thereafter, a sewing class for women was started in our area. I participated and got training for two months. It was a very nice event for me. After successful completion of the two month program, I received a sewing machine from The World Federation. Thanks to my new skill and the sewing machine, we have started a small business and are earning for our living. Since we got this machine, local jobs keep us busy, employed and financially independent. Now my younger brother and sisters are happy. People in my area are also proud of my efforts. I hope that this program continues for the betterment of poor families.”
TOGETHER WE MADE A DIFFERENCE!
Alone, we cannot solve all of the world’s problems; together, we can do our part, one person or one family at a time to contribute to the overall well-being of humanity at large. Your support has made this achievement possible and it’s only with your help that we can continue our work. Please donate to The World Federation’s GREATEST NEED FUND. By donating to this fund, you are entrusting The World Federation to distribute your gift to generate the greatest impact (i.e. to spend your contribution wherever the need is the greatest at any given time).
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