I will be going to Rwanda with GVN (Global Volunteering Network) to help women set up small sustainable businesses which not only helps their families & communities but also helps boost the economy. Women are currently not being given their basic human rights just because they are girls. They are denied access to education -because they are a girl, they eat last -because they are a girl, they are denied the right to pick a partner - because they are a girl & they are forced into things such as arranged marriage, fgm, simply because they are girls.
Giving women the opportunity to set up their own business empowers them, it gives them back their rights & helps give them the all important self belief. When women are earning they (statistically speaking) reinvest 65-75% of their income back into their family & community. When they feel self relient & independent they are more likely to stand up for their rights (see www.planinternational.com for more info) women are incredibly powerful & by sharing skills from all around the world we CAN make a difference.
I want to be a part of this movement, that's why I'm writing this, that's why I am asking for your help. Together we can make a huge difference.