Women Water and Leadership

Women Water and Leadership

THE INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT’S APPEAL 2017 – 2019, SUPPORTS PROJECTS THAT EDUCATE, EMPOWER AND ENABLE WOMEN AND GIRLS, ENSURING THEY HAVE THE CAPACITY, EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION NEEDED TO MANAGE WATER RESOURCES AND GAIN CAREERS IN WATER-RELATED PROFESSIONS.

WATER IS LIFE

Safe, accessible water is crucial to preserving life. Water fuels our bodies, cleans our homes and clothes, drives industry, generates energy and irrigates the crops which feed the popu­lation. Growth in the world’s population and indus­trialisation, together with climate change and demographic shifts, all lead to an increased demand for water. Annually, four billion people experience severe water scarcity . Additionally, 663 mil­lion people lack ready access to improved sources of drinking water (World Water Development Report 2016). Women and girls are disproportionately affected – instead of earning an income or attending school, they are forced to be the primary water carriers for their families.

WATER AND WOMEN

It is increasingly accepted that women must play an important role in water management and their position is vital in achieving equitable access to water for all, and for all uses. Despite positive steps taken in past decades, the potential contributions of women in water development remain largely untapped, inhibit­ing women’s economic empowerment.

SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT'S APPEAL

Soroptimists are invited to support Women, Water & Leadership, once again joining with the SI membership around the world for a common goal. Clubs or members can make a donation through their own Federation or you might hold a fundraiser, and use social media and websites to create awareness.

At least five projects will be supported on five continents that educate, empower and enable women and girls to lead in water, embracing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the targets set out in SDG 6: Water and sanitation, SDG 4: Education, and SDG 5: Gender Equality. The President’s Appeal is committed to promoting the inclusion of women in water resource governance as experts and leaders during all phases of the projects. Women will be equally involved in decision-making throughout the entire project cycle – from education and capacity building, through to design, implementation and monitoring.

The President’s Appeal seeks to reach the goal of raising £350,000 over two years, and to have improved, sustainable, accessible and affordable water products and services on five continents.

PROJECT ONE - MWIHOKO WOMEN

The first project to be supported by the President’s Appeal 2017-2019, is the Mwihoko Women Group, in Kenya.  Focused on improving access to agricultural information, clean energy and water to achieve better food security, 500 women farmers in Nakura County are involved in a transformative programme, and through training and capacity building, the women are being educated in agriculture and modern farming techniques, helping to bring economic empowerment and support the women in moving from subsistence farming to selling their produce at market. The Mwihoko Women are working closely with the SI Union of Kenya to ensure the successful completion of the project, which will run for two years, and a recent training programme saw the women learn skills and techniques to aid crop maturity and increase agricultural yield. The project will be extended to Kisumu, Kilifi, Kwale, and Machakos to increase food production while boosting low income households.

Full story HERE

PROJECT TWO - WEWASH

WeWash, is the second sustainable project now underway and began in early May. WeWash (Women Empowerment through Water, Sanitation, and Health), is reshaping the lives of unemployed and low-income women and girls in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Soroptimist donations to the Appeal are funding a programme that will increase access to safe water and sanitation, whilst supporting the provision of nutritious food for the women and girls. Through education, coaching programmes and leadership training, WeWash will support the equitable involvement of women in decision-making,  increasing employability for 100 women, and equipping a minimum of 30 women with the skills to run small-scale businesses in the alternative sanitation sector.

Full story HERE

PROJECT THREE - LONG TANYIT, MALAYSIA

SI President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, recently visited a rural village in Sarawak, Malaysia. This community is living with no clean water for drinking or cooking, no electricity, no sanitation and no medical clinic.

Threatened by consistent logging, which is harming the rich biodiversity of the area and polluting vital sources of drinking water, the rural community is in need of support. A project proposal has now been accepted and steps are being taken to make it a reality.

The President’s Appeal will educate, empower and enable women and girls, improve access to water and increase food security, whilst contributing to achieving Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7, on the challenges of poverty, food security, access to education, gender equality, access to water and environment worldwide.

Full Story HERE

To find out more about Women, Water and Leadership and how to donate, please email Chair of the International President’s Appeal Hafdís Karlsdóttir hafdis@in.is

For logos, presentations and leaflets please visit the SI Resources section of the Members Area by clicking HERE

To purchase pins and pendants in support of the President’s Appeal 2017 – 2019, please email Chair of the International President’s Appeal Hafdís Karlsdóttir hafdis@in.is

To find out more about the stunning pendants designed by Soroptimist Villy Makou please click HERE

Stay up to date with all the latest news and stories on the President’s Appeal HERE

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