Gender is a cross-cutting issue across all Palms Australia volunteer placements. By supporting women in agriculture, education, health, administration, industry, disability, community development and other professions, Palms’ volunteers contribute to a more equal society for our female counterparts and their children.
Through the education and training of girls and women, volunteers contribute to an increased standing for women, increased enrolment of girls at school and greater capacities of women to earn a livelihood. Such empowerment of women increases their confidence to be heard and respected as equal members in society and community acceptance of their right to do so.
The education of girls and women is also demonstrated to have numerous health and education benefits for the family and broader community, including improved nutrition, sanitation, education and employment opportunities increasing with each generation.
Palms volunteers also work with men and, through dialogue, share ideas of gender equity and women’s rights. Volunteers sometimes also contribute to infrastructure projects which reduce the burdens often placed on women of collecting water, firewood, etc.