A bit late with this one as International Day of Rural Women was two days ago. However I didn’t forget about it but rather was contemplating on how to talk about something I am dearly passionate about, which is the empowerment of women.
For my fellow women who may not be aware, here is a little background on International Day of Rural Women.
‘The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October 2008. This new international day, established by the General Assembly in its resolution 62/136 of 18 December 2007, recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”’ (UN 2013)
I was sat here reminiscing on the wonderful, heart wrenching yet life changing and fulfilling #humanitarian journey I embarked on in 2010 and all the wonderful women I met on my travels to third world countries from the rich to the poor. Today I would like to concentrate on the vast majority of women I met at Balaka District Hospital in the maternity wing classed as below the #poverty #line and the conversations we exchanged.
I remember getting a wake up call that day as I sat there with those women hearing their stories and realising just how much we sometimes take life or the #basic #necessities we have that they didn’t even have, for granted. Some of those women didn’t even have 2 baby shawls let alone a blanket for their newly born babies. They didn’t even know what a Moses Basket or Crib was. But the one thing that moved me about these women was that regardless of how “poor” they were in material things, they were very rich in happiness and had one common goal to build a secure future for their new arrivals. Their love, zeal and passion to create a bright future for their little ones was breath taking.
I can still remember one of the ladies Esther who was determined to send her daughter to school so she could one day be a #Dr and help other #mothers #deliver their #babies safely. She was saddened by the situation with the shortage of medical staff but didn’t let that get her down as she saw that she had the power to bridge the gap. Isn’t it amazing how sometimes the people with privilege/opportunities do not take advantage of them to maximise their potential, yet someone who may never ever get a chance to have half the privileges we have is thinking of a bigger, better future huh the irony.
I am looking to #fund #raise money to buy blankets and shawls to #donate to these women soon. More info to soon come. I hope together we will join in this battle to eradicate poverty and #empower other #women and help make a difference in their lives.