Why Women’s Rights?

Why Women's Rights? It's a simple answer.

Gender is the most persistent predictor of poverty and powerlessness in our world today.

Women are the powerhouses of developing countries: they produce most of the food, make up a third of the official labour force and care for families and homes. Yet they tend to have fewer rights, fewer resources and fewer opportunities to make life-shaping decisions than men. Gender remains the most persistent predictor of poverty.

When women’s rights are respected, women are healthier, better educated and better paid. Children thrive and so do communities, organizations and societies, creating lasting benefits for generations to come.

150 M An estimated 150 million people in 34 developing countries could escape hunger if women had the same access as men to what they need for farming.

2/3 Of the 800 million people over the age of 15 who cannot read nor write, two-thirds are women.

23% Worldwide, women earn 23% less than men.

At Divineya Society, we are very proud to be a small grassroots non-profit, working towards improving these statistics. We love the ability this gives us to make meaningful and heartfelt connections, and make a direct impact within our communities. Our values are all about tackling social issues through holistic methods that celebrate bottom-up means of thinking and addressing the complexities of our cultures.

We believe that fundamentally, grassroots organizing is a very powerful and effective means to initiate change. In this sense, we aim to steer away from the bigger, more institutionalized and top-down structures and methods of large international NGOs and charities. That being said, sometimes these NGOs come out with marketing strategies that just blow us away! Of course, they have much more funding and means by which to put out impressive and inspiring messages, so sometimes we are going to jump on that bandwagon!

This video created by Oxfam came across our newsfeeds and it just got us both buzzing, it was so creative, straightforward, simple and incredibly impactful. So turn the sound up LOUD, enlarge the screen size and enjoy the power in this 1 minute clip that beautifully highlights what Divineya is all about!

*Information about Women’s rights and statistics are borrowed from Oxfam Canada

In solidarity,
Wendy + Taya