This International Women’s Day, we are celebrating women’s achievements – from the female aid workers who make our work possible to those we support to become independent through our life-changing projects.
Standing up for gender justice throughout the year in our advocacy and programming, we are speaking out, raising awareness and knocking down the barriers which stop women and girls from taking part in all aspects of life. #IWD2020
We are proud to say that this year Islamic Relief Worldwide will launch the Islamic Justice Declaration that will act as a call to action against gender inequality from an Islamic faith perspective, and seek to tackle discrimination and harmful practices, especially against women and girls in Muslim communities.
At Islamic Relief we are committed to fighting for the rights of millions of women and girls who face injustice around the world. On #International Women’s Day we celebrate their stories, their achievements and their futures. #EachForEqual
“Now we can work and take care of our children.”
In the past, many women in Siti’s village in Indonesia left their children at home while they undertook hazardous work.
But things are different now.
One of our livelihood projects in Lombok, Indonesia has helped women earn a dignified income by cultivating and selling mushrooms. Three hundred women have been able to establish businesses thanks to the livelihoods training from Islamic Relief.
Similarly, Siti shows her daughter how to make ‘bag logs’. Bags filled with sawdust in which mushrooms are grown. She expresses how grateful she is that she can work close to home and be with her family. “We are happy that we were introduced to mushroom production. With the new skills we have we can take care of our children while earning for the family,” says Siti.
In addition, Islamic Relief works with women and girls to tackle the economic, social and cultural barriers. These barriers stop them from reaching their potential, as part of our work to stand up for gender justice.