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March 2010

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Hawa’s story "There was no one around in the village to help when my pregnant sister told me, 'I want to deliver.' I assisted the delivery and after that I became a birth attendant.” In Sudan, infant and maternal mortality are frighteningly high. Many have only a razor blade, washcloth and hot water to assist them with no formal training to be a midwife. Hawa is one of these people.

Read more about her story here.

Women and development In developing countries, women are most likely to be the poorest and control the smallest amount of resources. By empowering women with a basic education and informing them their rights, they are more likely to contribute to their communities and overcome discrimination. Through microfinance programs, CRS has engaged women in their countries with economic control. This then leads to civic and political empowerment and a means to bring them out of poverty. Quick facts:

International Women’s Day was held on March 8th. Not only were women’s economic, political, and social accomplishments celebrated but the challenges they still face were recognized. For more information, please visit the website.

Women’s current wages are 17% lower than men’s.

Women partake in 66% of the world’s work and produce 50% of the world’s food. However the only earn 10% of that income and own 1% of property in the world.

Women devote an extra 33 hours to domestic chores every week while men only contribute six hours in Mexico.

Only 28% of the workforce in Arab countries is made up of women.

Women in South Africa walk the equivalent to the moon and back (245,069 miles) 16 times a day to supply their families with water.

New phases in Haiti As the rainy season approaches, the people will face lifethreatening diseases. CRS plans to provide materials such as woolen blankets, bed sheets and mosquito nets to 60,000. CRS is committed to the long-term recovery of the Haitian people in these crucial stages. Donate now –$90 million has already been raised.

CRS Northeast Regional Office 5 Radnor Corporate Center – Suite 501 100 Matson Ford Road Radnor, PA 19087

Source: UNIFEM

Arlene Flaherty, OP (610) 293-4669 Created by Eric Gibble – CRS Northeast Regional Office Intern

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