In many countries girls and women have a hard lot. Girls go to school less frequently than boys and are often the victims of violence. Girls and women often do not have the freedom to make decisions about their own lives. That is why Kindernothilfe and its partners focus on supporting them. Equal rights for girls and women plays a key role in combating poverty.
Girls and women frequently work in the domestic sector and in unprotected areas of the informal economy. They have no legally protected employment, no medical insurance or entitlement to a pension.
Education strengthens girls
Seventy-six percent of boys attend primary schools across the world but only seventy-two percent of girls. In southern Africa only twenty percent of girls start school. Two thirds of all dropouts from school are girls. Without school education they have no chance of getting vocational training. They get married young and have children at an early age. The lack of knowledge deprives them of an important prerequisite for enabling them to make decisions about their lives. The longer mothers attend school, the lower child mortality is. Women with school education marry later, have fewer children an can look after them better.
What action is Kindernothilfe taking?
If the situation for girls and women is to be improved, power structures have to be changed - women do not really need power over something, they need empowerment to do something such as:
Kindernothilfe together with their partners in the field improve the everyday situation of girls and women. And in its campaign work, Kindernothilfe works to achieve long-term improvements in the situation of girls and women.