“Economic growth will not be feasible if it is not equitable and considerate of women.”
Cause Overview – Why This Cause?
Poverty, Inequality and Women (Girls) are interrelated. Poverty and inequality are two of the main reasons for underdevelopment in the world; especially in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Of the categories of people that are affected most by poverty and inequality, women up make a chunk of it.
Rapid growth in countries such as China and India has lifted millions out of poverty, but progress has been uneven. Women are more likely to be poor than men because they have less paid work, education, and own less property. Progress has also been limited in other regions, such as South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, which account for 80% of those living in extreme poverty. New threats brought on by climate change, conflict and food insecurity, mean even more work is needed to bring people out of poverty.
Even after bringing people out of poverty, we have to tackle inequality. Income inequality is on the rise—the richest 10 percent have up to 40 percent of global income whereas the poorest 10 percent earn only between 2 to 7 percent. Available statistics indicates that, inequality has increased by 11%.
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Why Have We Decided To Partake In This Cause?
Half of all people living in poverty are under 18; ie, 50% of all people affected by poverty are the youth and children. That makes it of great concern to us since it falls directly under our mission.
And the widening disparities and inequalities require sound policies to empower lower income earners, and promote economic inclusion of all regardless of sex, race or ethnicity.
As has been stated earlier, women are the most affected in all these situations. Ending all discrimination against women and girls is not only a basic human right, it’s crucial for a sustainable future; it’s proven that empowering women and girls helps economic growth and development.
One of the most effective ways to empower women is to educate them; especially whilst they are girls. So we are determined to cause a change in these areas through our volunteerism projects.
Today, The Telescope International invites you to join us to touch lives and make impact together. Our resolve is strong and so is our commitment to see that the objectives of this cause are achieved and great impact is also made in the lives of the community members. However, the more hands we have on deck, the more the impact we can make and the more lives we can touch. Join us or support us and let’s achieve the successes together.
You can also join our efforts and take action by doing any or a combination of the following: