Celebrating International Women’s Day 2024: Inspiring Inclusion for a Better Tomorrow

As the world comes together to celebrate International Women’s Day, it’s crucial to reflect on the journey towards gender equality and the importance of inclusion in every aspect of society. This year’s theme, “Inspire Inclusion,” resonates deeply, highlighting the pivotal role women play in shaping communities and driving positive change.

One of the critical areas where women’s inclusion is paramount is in addressing the root causes of child and family separation. At Child’s i Foundation, we understand the profound impact of empowering women in strengthening families. By providing support and resources to mothers, grandmothers, and female caregivers, we aim to create environments where families can thrive and stay together.

Our commitment to household economic strengthening is central to our mission. We recognise that when women are economically empowered, households experience improved living standards and better health outcomes. Through initiatives like vocational training, microfinance programs, and income-generating activities, we empower women to become self-sufficient and active contributors to their families’ well-being.

Peer support groups play a crucial role in fostering inclusion and empowerment among women. These spaces provide opportunities for women to share experiences, exchange knowledge, and support one another in overcoming challenges. By building strong networks of support, women can amplify their voices and advocate for their rights within their communities.

Moreover, women leaders are instrumental in driving change at the grassroots level. Our community volunteers, many of whom are women, serve as catalysts for positive transformation in their neighborhoods. Through their dedication and leadership, they inspire others to take action and create a more inclusive society where everyone has equal opportunities to thrive.

“I got training from Child’s i Foundation and used the knowledge to develop my home, through a saving group I acquired a loan to start up a business and I am able to buy medication for my children and share responsibilities with my husband”

Margaret, parenting group, Tororo district.

In addition to grassroots efforts, women’s representation in local government is essential for advancing gender equality and promoting inclusive policies. When women hold positions of power and decision-making authority, they can advocate for policies that address the unique needs and challenges faced by women and girls, thereby paving the way for a more equitable society.

Studies have consistently shown that investing in women yields significant dividends for families and communities alike. When women have access to resources, education, and economic opportunities, households experience improved standards of living, better health outcomes, and increased economic stability. At Child’s i Foundation, we have witnessed firsthand the transformative power of women’s empowerment, with a 60% increase in household incomes and wellbeing where grandmothers are included leading to improved outcomes for children.

Furthermore, women’s tendency to invest in their families, particularly in children’s education and healthcare, plays a crucial role in breaking the cycle of poverty and fostering long-term economic development. By empowering women economically, we not only promote gender equality but also drive social progress that benefits entire communities and societies.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to inspire inclusion and empower women to become agents of change in their communities. By working together to dismantle barriers and create a more inclusive world, we can build a brighter future for families.