We've come up with 15 ways to empower women in your community and around the world and increase their self-esteem. Do you want to encourage and empower girls and women? Start from your own home, workplace and community. Write a thank you note to a teacher who has encouraged you. How about buying coffee for that new mom struggling to balance everything? Or tell your sister, mother, or daughter how much you appreciate them.
Women's empowerment programs are investing heavily in women's well-being and empowerment, encouraging them to free themselves from their traditional roles and to eliminate gender stereotypes. Your gift will go where it's needed most: protecting girls and women by equipping qualified local staff to provide training, education, counseling, healthcare, small business loans and other programs that empower women and girls, as well as children, and help end cycles of gender-based violence. By controlling determinants and protecting women from violence and social abuse, women can be encouraged to explore and use their potential. While women living in some parts of developed countries play the role of making and influencing decisions, gender discrimination remains a debilitating social problem in many parts of the world, and these subaltern women are often alarmingly affected by poverty, discrimination and other forms of vulnerable exploitation.
Whether you're like Ayah al-Wakil and working with women to navigate the legal system or supporting women entrepreneurs in your community, you can make a difference. Your gift can help UN Women break the cycle of violence, help survivors and promote economic inclusion and equal rights for women and girls around the world.