Sunday, March 8, 2009

International Women's Day

March 8 is International Women's Day for women's groups around the world. It is designated in many countries as a national holiday and commemorated by the United Nations.

Though women's rights have changed dramatically over the past century here in the United States and around the world, women continue to face and endure discrimination, insecurity, poverty, and heightened levels of sexual violence especially during times of war and conflict.

The opportunities to break out of the devastating cycles of poverty for people in general are few and far between, but the prospects for women and young girls are always fewer, especially if they lack access to the basic necessities of life such as uncontaminated water, education and security.

Life for women in Kenya can be difficult. For women living in one of the largest slums in the world, life can be devastating.

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