International Women’s Day 2018

Written by Annie Powell

Today we commemorate the amazing work of women all over the world. International Women’s Day is not only a celebration of the social, political and economic achievements of women over the past 100 years, but a reminder of the worldwide unification still needed as we strive for empowerment and parity.

CAFOD believes in the dignity and value of every person, regardless of gender. Tackling poverty requires equality, with both woman and men being part of the solution. Therefore, as we fight for the rights of our sisters and brothers all over the world, we must recognise the enhanced benefits for families and society provided by women and girls.

On International Women’s Day, CAFOD wants to highlight and celebrate our partners’ commitment to achieving gender equality.

Marian lives in Zimbabwe. For years she was unable to provide the food and water needed for her son to be a healthy and happy boy. However, with the donations from CAFOD’s supporters, she has been provided with the training and seeds required to produce vegetables for her family and the community. She now has another son who thrives as every child deserves.

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This is an example of the amazing work of just one woman, and something that could be the reality for so many more as we continue to push for a world where the barriers that stop women from reaching their full potential are permanently removed.

Find out more about CAFOD’s work with women. 

“A bridge from a place of suffering to a better world”

This week, it was an honour to welcome Livison, CAFOD’s project officer from Zimbabwe, to the Lancaster Diocese as part of his speaking tour around the North West and North East of England this Lent.

Livison spoke to almost 60 CAFOD volunteers and supporters at the events in Poulton-le-Fylde and Preston, who came out to welcome him and learn about CAFOD’s projects in Zimbabwe, the country which this year’s Lent appeal is focusing on.

Speaking about how CAFOD funded projects are helping to combat hunger and malnutrition in the country, Livison told the story of Marian and her family, including

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seven year old son, Svondo.

Svondo’s brother, Tawanda, never had enough food growing up so he cried a lot and didn’t play.  But thanks to CAFOD supporters from England and Wales, his brother Svondo has enough food to eat to keep him healthy. This means he plays a lot and loves peanut butter!

 

Livison shared with volunteers a direct message from Marian:

“I’m very grateful to CAFOD supporters for what they’ve done. You have been a bridge from a place of suffering to a better world. If I were to meet you, it would be such a blessing. I’d like to ask you, what drives you to give to others? Is it your kindness?”

It was an honour to welcome Livison to Lancaster and hearing his stories was truly inspiring.  We even had a little time to explore the local area and experience a true British delicacy – fish and chips!

Learn more about this Family Fast Day

Are you holding any events this Lent in your parish or school? Giving something up? Let us know – we’d love to celebrate your story!

Email lancaster@cafod.org.uk or call 01772 733310

Meet Livison from Harare this Lent

On Tuesday 13th February and Wednesday 14th February, Livison Chipatiso, Programme Officer from the CAFOD office in Harare, will be in Preston and Poulton to speak about CAFOD’s projects tackling hunger and malnutrition in Zimbabwe, and to share his personal stories of the need faced by families and the impact the projects are having on the community.

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Poulton-le-Fylde on Tuesday 13th February, FY6 7HT

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Wednesday 14th February in Preston, PR2 9UE

All are welcome!