By Amanda Cooper
Written by: Colleen Bramhall
Did you know that today, March 8, is International Women’s Day? Don’t worry, you don’t have to run out and buy flowers or chocolates… it’s not that kind of holiday!
International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present and future. It is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on topics affecting women, both locally and internationally.
On the CSR team, we have been thinking about how we can promote development in our coffee growing communities through investing in women. More and more studies of global aid programs have shown that empowering women and girls leads to better outcomes for entire communities because women tend to share their gains with their families and neighbors. This multiplier effect is why the World Bank calls Gender Equality “smart economics” – investments in women and girls as individuals yield large social and economic returns. Many of our grantee organizations agree and have made women the cornerstone of their programming to fight poverty.
Want to know how that can work? Watch this fantastic video on The Girl Effect!
Now that you are convinced, here are just a few examples of work that GMCR is supporting in coffee communities where women and girls are at the center:
- Coffee Kids: Providing small groups of women with access to microcredit loans in Guatemala
- Mercy Corps: Improving child nutrition in Sumatra through educating mothers about the benefits of breastfeeding
- Café Femenino Foundation: Establishing clean water sources for female coffee farmers in Peru
- Grounds for Health: Fighting cervical cancer in Tanzania
- Helps International: Providing women with cooking stoves using cleaner fuel in Nicaragua
- Save the Children: Building food security by empowering women in Honduras