We have a new blog section titled “Meaningful Mondays”. The reason is that we at times tend to forget what is most important to us as human beings, which is community, cooperation and compassion. In this article, I address the current economic state of women as a whole in the global arena.
Currently, there are 1.3 billion people living in extreme poverty on less than $1 per day. Of the 1.3 billion people, 70 percent are women. Approximately 910 million women cannot afford basic necessities such as water, food and shelter for themselves and their children. (World Revolution) Fortunately, there is a way to gradually reduce poverty through Fair Trade.
For those who are not familiar with Fair Trade, it is the promotion of economic sustainably to communities in developing countries through proper working conditions, fair exchange of commodities and environmental preservation. With Fair Trade, people are able to connect and help women in desperate need.
In developed countries, women hold more purchasing power than realized and are the gateway to fighting poverty in developing nations. Primarily in the United States, women control 80 percent of the total spending. They buy groceries, household items, health care and are the key people in making large purchases for their families. Collectively, women have more purchasing power than most foreign markets. (She-conomy) Why not use this power to help deserving women in distressed countries attain these same privileges?
Women hold the power.
It has been my life’s passion to help women in impoverished countries rise above their current circumstances through their own talents and abilities. Providing jobs gives women a chance to earn a solid income and raise self-esteem. The trickle down effect begins as the families of the women are improved economically and are able to receive adequate health care, education and other life necessities. I hope to offer that gateway that connects women globally. Women helping women.
Below is a video on women in India:
“The state of the world.” The World Revolution. worldrevolution.org, n.d. Web. 5 Feb. 2012. <www.worldrevolution.org/projects/globalissuesoverview/overview2/BriefOverview.htm>.
“MARKETING TO WOMEN QUICK FACTS « She-conomy.” She-conomy. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Feb. 2012. http://she-conomy.com/report/facts-on-women/.