Women and Men in The West – regardless of their upbringing or education or politics… or of how well-read they are often don’t realise how different the paradigm is for girls and women (and the men in their lives) when it comes to equality and gender issues in the most developed and marganalised communities in the world.
So many development workers in the most “uneven” and “oppressed” communities in the developing world will tell you this; that even to talk of ‘Rights’ or ‘Female Equality’ will cause more harm than good when you’re out there in the field.
So what can you do in such scenarios? How can you start to erode the status quo – to provide a livelihood for women and to shore up a new set of rights for women and children as they seek to move from starvation to subsistence?
First of all you check out THE LORNA YOUNG FOUNDATION. You read about Lorna. And you get more than a bit inspired. http://www.lyf.org.uk
And then you think about giving a few pennies, pounds, dollars or dimes. And if you have an edgy attitude yourself – if you check up on us you will see how radically different we are to most charities.
Joanne Harris, the internationally famous award winning of ‘Chocolat’ said it all in our recent BBC Radio 4 Appeal. All of the things that you and I enjoy – or taste – “are so much more delicious” when we’ve helped the producers to receive a decent deal for their back-breaking work.
Nuff Said Pals.