Celebrate Women, Celebrate International Women’s Day

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This is Claudia, she is like you and me, another person on this crowded planet making her way in life. She is a mother and a grandmother. Claudia lives in Tanzania, she has her own business making soap. It’s easy to appreciate the challenges that anyone starting a business faces. Women, particularly, juggle childcare and family commitments. In Tanzania women face bigger challenges, culturally they are seen only as wives and mothers. Traditionally they have a lack of influence in decision-making. Finance is harder to access for women. Limited education opportunities leaves women lacking literacy and numeracy skills. Additionally, women in business face harassment and demands for bribes from corrupt officials.

Despite the challenges, Claudia developed her business selling soap to family and friends. Sports Relief supports the Gatsby Trust in Tanzania. In turn, it supported Claudia, she now she produces 3,000 litres of soap a month and employs two people. She sells to shops, hotels locally and further a field.

The Gatsby Trust was established in 1992 and supports 1,000 women entrepreneurs via education on women’s rights for women and the wider community. It trains women and in turn they make a vital difference to their families and communities.

On International Women’s Day celebrate women and celebrate inspiring women like Claudia who despite difficult circumstances push to improve their lives and their communities.

70% of the world’s poorest people are women and they own only 1% of the world’s property.

Nearly 50% of all sexual assaults worldwide are against girls aged 15 years or younger

Domestic violence is the largest cause of women’s injury and death – leading to more deaths and disability among women aged 15-44 than malaria, war, traffic accidents and cancer.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that female genital mutilation (FGM) has affected as many as 138 million women and girls in Africa, and the numbers continue to rise every year.

Many women and girls have poor access to education and about two thirds of all illiterate people are women.

Pretty shameful in 2014.

Team Honk is a collective group of bloggers raising money for Sport’s Relief. Money raised will support projects in the UK, food banks, children’s charities, it also supports women and communities in the poorest countries. Bloggers; Tanya, Annie and Penny have been in Tanzania this week meeting Claudia and inspiring women like her.

Read more or even donate to Sports Relief on Team Honk blog.

Look out for the hash tag #lastingchange on social media. Share stories of women who have inspired you.

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