International Women’s Day: Education, Employment and Empowerment for Women and Girls in the Developing World

On March 8th the world celebrates International Women’s Day. It is a time to reflect on the tremendous achievements made for and by women, but also to recognize how far we still have to go.

At WUSC, we firmly believe that gender equality and women’s empowerment are essential for sustainable development. Through our programs, we prioritize equal participation of women and men and we work alongside southern partners to provide education and leadership opportunities for women and young girls.


In Burkina Faso, WUSC is helping to improve the access and quality of health services for mothers and their children.



Marginalized women in planation communities in Sri Lanka are developing the skills needed for employment and economic independence.



In refugee camps in Kenya and Malawi, WUSC and partners are providing remedial classes, school resources and creating girl-friendly environments to help refugee girls stay and succeed in school.


Skilled Canadian volunteers through the Uniterra program are supporting local partner projects that promote women’s rights and equality in 13 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Photo by: Véronique Plouffe

On March 8th and every day, WUSC and partners are working with individuals, governments, companies and especially civil society organizations to achieve greater equality between women and men in the developing world. 

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