On International Women’s day being celebrated today, Muslim Aid stresses the crucial role played by women across the globe in building a strong stable and caring society that fosters stability and healthy development.
A spokesperson from Muslim Aid said: “Women form a vital part of humanity and their needs in the developing world deserve attention; especially in the areas of maternal healthcare, economic empowerment and education. In many developing countries they are left to provide for their families when the men of their households are killed or maimed in conflicts around the world.”
With the responsibility of nurturing the next generation of citizens, women also carry a heavy burden for society yet are rarely given any recognition or appreciation for their selfless and noble efforts. In many developing countries their contribution to the GDP is also unaccounted for due to the informal nature of their labour. Muslim Aid endeavours to eradicate the perception of female inferiority to men and has placed women and girls at the heart of many of its empowerment projects.
The organisation has focused on the education of girls and has implemented education programmes in primary schools and child-friendly centres in many developing countries, particularly Somalia, Bosnia, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The major recipients of Muslim Aid’s microcredit programme are also women.
To continue the advancement of women in developing countries, this year Muslim Aid will be launching a women’s project as part of a Sadaqah Jariyah Campaign. This will hopefully promote unity and togetherness by relaying the issues of poverty affecting females worldwide to the community and raising funds to empower more women and girls in developing countries.
*Notes to Editors
• Muslim Aid is a relief and development agency set up in the United Kingdom in 1985 to provide humanitarian assistance to disaster affected countries and to help poor and vulnerable communities overcome poverty. Over the last 26 years, Muslim Aid has delivered services in over 70 countries worldwide. Muslim Aid works with all communities irrespective of faith, ethnic origin or political system. Muslim Aid programmes include emergency relief, capacity building through water, sanitation and health programmes, education and skills training, micro-finance and income generation and orphan care. As well as giving practical assistance, Muslim Aid tackles poverty by developing sustainable solutions, advocating for a more just and sustainable future.