How your donation can help

For $5 a month you can:

Help 1 girl learn about her right to oppose forced early marriage

In Burkina Faso, the widespread practice of early and forced marriages of girls all too often violates their rights to health, education, freedom of expression and, in some cases, to life itself. 48% of young women aged 20 to 24 marry before the age of 18.  Joséphine Yameogo was able to escape marriage to a man 40 years her senior.  Ostracized by her family and community, she managed to train as a mechanic and became the first female garage owner in Burkina Faso. Thanks to our donors’ support, Joséphine attended an Equitas training in 2010 and is committed to helping women gain access to alternative trades.

You can help girls and young women learn about alternatives to early forced marriage, promote educational initiatives for women and girls, and advance the inclusion and participation of girls and women – ensuring greater respect for their human rights!

 

For $5 a month you can:

Help 1 woman in East Africa gain financial independence and support her family

After participating in Equitas’ renowned International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) in Montreal, Aginatha, from Tanzania, came to understand that by financially empowering women who were traditionally marginalized and at risk, they could solve many of their problems and improve their living conditions themselves. Women who were living hand-to-mouth, selling second hand clothes in the market, many infected by their husbands with HIV/AIDS and cast out, unable to properly care for themselves and their families, with no support systems…these women went from marginalized second class citizens to women who were lobbying for property rights, voting and being elected, forming and running credit circles, developing their businesses, improving their health and that of their families, ensuring their children’s education…and this started to happen in less than one year.

You can help women reduce poverty, promote education, advance the inclusion and participation of girls and women, and ensure greater respect for their human rights!


For $6 a month you can:

Help  2 young Haitians to become leaders and peace-builders in their community – and receive a schooling in return

With training, coaching as well as technical and financial support from Equitas, our local partners in Haiti developed 18 local community engagement projects in the past year alone.  These initiatives targeted the needs of a wide range of groups: poor women, shop keepers, factory workers, youth, street gangs, people displaced by the earthquake and LGTBI groups.  For example a group of farmers and peasants decided to unite their efforts and plant over 20,000 trees to combat deforestation.  They then decided educate a group of 30 children about respect for the environment.  In return, the farmers’ organization created an educational fund that pays the tuition of these children, thus increasing the number of children attending school.  The $3 per person pays for their transportation from a remote village to the area where the training takes place.

You can help teach children and youth lead community initiatives to reduce violence, advance the inclusion and participation of girls and young women, and ensure greater respect for their human rights!

For $8 a month you can:

Help 3 teens in Senegal learn how to reduce violence in their communities

While Senegal has made progress towards improving the lives of its population, there is still a lot of work to do.  Children and youth are particularly vulnerable to effects of poverty, with 45% of Senegalese people living in severe poverty. Youth, and particularly young girls and women, are victims of violence, with domestic abuse affecting 60% of Senegalese women and over 65% of Senegalese who consider wife beating justifiable under certain circumstances.  Inequalities between men and women, girls and boys, are still part of many traditional practices, such as early child marriages (affecting up to 30% of girls, predominantly in rural areas) female genital mutilation(affecting between 25% and 30% of girls), and wide acceptance of physical discipline.

You can help teach children and youth lead community initiatives to reduce violence, advance the inclusion and participation of girls and young women, and ensure greater respect for their human rights!

 

For $10 a month you can:

Help protect 3 teens and young adults in Tanzania from violence or sexual assault

Poverty rates in Tanzania are among the highest in the world and it is ranked 4th for the highest number of deaths as a result of HIV/AIDS.  As a result of rapid demographic growth, 64.5% of the population are under the age of 25. Children and youth have an important role to play in the future of their communities and country, but they face significant barriers that limit their development, their rights and their ability to participate meaningfully in the process of change.

  • Patriarchal society leaves little space for youth to express their ideas or be heard.
  • 75% experience physical violence by a relative, authority figure (e.g. teacher) or an intimate partner prior to the age of 18.
  • One third of girls experience at least one incident of sexual violence before age 18.
  • Approximately 1 in 25 females age 13 to 17 years reported that they have been given money or goods in exchange for sex.

You can help teach children and youth to lead community initiatives designed to reduce violence, advance gender equality and ensure greater respect for their human rights.

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