News: Celebrate International Women’s Day with us at Palms

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Celebrating Women in Communities Around the Globe

Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 to mark the economic, social and political achievements of women. Organisations, governments and groups around the world choose a theme to celebrate the day that reflects global and local gender issues. The United Nations theme for 2012 is Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty.

For 50 years Palms Australia has been doing just that, by engaging Australian individuals and organisations to empower women in Africa, Asia and the Pacific to become self-sufficient, self-reliant and resilient. Our Global Volunteers dedicate up to 2 years mentoring in the community, transferring skills in Education, Health, Community Development, IT, Trades, Agriculture and the Environment.  This ‘people to people’ approach has been our proven methodology since 1961, advancing the lives of women in rural communities and assisting them as they build their capacity to reduce poverty.

Numerous international studies reflect our own evaluation of work in 38 countries over 50 years:  when women are supported and empowered, the whole community benefits. Families are healthier, more children go to school, agricultural productivity improves and earnings increase. In essence, communities to become more resilient.

Palms Australia echoes the U.N. theme for 2012 International Women’s Day:  Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty.

Bring your lunch and join us at 1pm Thursday, 8th March to mark the occasion. During this informal gathering we will hear stories about the challenges and successes of rural women in their quest to be self-reliant agents of change in their community. This is also an opportunity for us to acknowledge the tremendous contribution of those Australians who have supported communities develop their strengths and grow. We would love to see you.

1pm – 2pm Thursday, 8th March
2a Woolley Street, Glebe
RSVP: sarah@palms.org.au
 or (02) 9518 9551

United Nations Explains International Women’s Day

Why dedicate a day exclusively to the celebration of the world’s women? In adopting its resolution on the observance of Women’s Day, the General Assembly cited two reasons: to recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security. For the women of the world, the Day’s symbolism has a wider meaning: It is an occasion to review how far they have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development. It is also an opportunity to unite, network and mobilize for meaningful change.

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