To successfully address peace and security the goal must be to insist that women are not only part of the conversation but are the pillars of peace agreements. Increasing funding to targeted peace-building for women is essential if communities are to thrive and live in safety.
Maternal and Reproductive Health
Knowledge, availability, and access to simple maternal and reproductive services can determine whether women and girls choose or are compelled to be mothers. Even the simplest measures implemented effectively can have significant impact.
Access to Food and Water
Water and food are often available but access is either lacking or underutilized. Lack of access to water and sanitation affects over 750 million people. Giving women a seat at the table in the design and implementation of delivery systems provides dramatic improvement for communities.
A girl who has completed 7 or more years of schooling will marry four years later, have fewer children and will send her own children to school. The better educated a girl, the more choices that become available to her.
Women often face huge challenges in creating opportunities for economic empowerment. Creating job opportunities is just part of this matrix, maximizing earning and saving potential leads to improved independence and decision making abilities.