Walk in Her Shoes to show you care for women living in poverty
Leading overseas development charity CARE International UK invites UK women to ‘walk in the shoes’ of women and girls across Africa ...
Leading overseas development charity CARE International UK invites UK women to ‘walk in the shoes’ of women and girls across Africa who must walk for many miles every day to collect water and firewood for their families.
The charity’s campaign, Walk in Her Shoes, marks International Women’s Day on 8 March 2013.
CARE is encouraging women in the UK to choose one week in March 2013 to walk 10,000 steps a day in solidarity with women and girls in the developing world, and raise money for CARE.
By raising £100, participants will help to build wells and taps close to the homes of women and girls, allowing them more time to go to school or work.
Sarah Taylor-Peace, Head of Marketing and Fundraising at CARE UK said: “Poverty is keeping women and girls from fulfilling their potential. Tasks which take seconds in the UK can mean backbreaking work in poor communities and keep women and girls from attending school or finding paid work. This comes at a high cost, trapping generation after generation in a cycle of poverty. In 2013, this is simply unacceptable.”
Some 70% of the world’s poorest billion people are women, many of whom walk more than six kilometres a day in search of water and firewood, carrying loads of up to 20kg. The average person in the UK walks less than two miles a day.
By swapping the bus or train or including a lunchtime walk, supporters will show they care about women living in poverty. CARE will provide a pedometer, t-shirt and fundraising support to all who participate and be on hand to support with the challenge.
To Walk In Her Shoes visit www.careinternational.org.uk/walkinhershoes or call 020 7091 6111.