Women’s rights are human rights – and empowering women and girls isn’t just the right thing to do, it also makes economic sense. Today, women perform the bulk of childrearing and agricultural labor, yet they are usually paid less than men and have far fewer leadership opportunities. Although one in two people on this planet is female, only one in five parliamentarians is.
She Builds spotlights promising trends and innovative solutions at the intersection of women and development – in four key areas.
Beginning on March 8 – International Women’s Day – She Builds will spotlight the critical role women play in creating healthy, stable and thriving communities around the world. We will showcase the vital role women have in the advancement of their communities – as political and spiritual leaders, educators and advocates, health workers and law enforcement personnel, as well as in many other capacities.
Beginning on March 14, She Builds will focus on women’s contributions to economic growth, and the international development community’s role in building opportunities for women to formally participate in local and global economies – as bank account holders, farmers, small business owners and more.
Beginning on March 21, She Builds will feature leaders and their vision from a variety of realms – including politics, science and development. We will shed light on breakthrough innovations by women and girls that are advancing global development. And we’ll explore new ideas to advance gender equality and development at home and beyond.
Beginning on March 28, She Builds will dedicate a week to girls and the role that they play for our world's future. We'll also highlight the role of women in preparing the next generation of leaders, as well as in fostering an environment of peace and prosperity for all. A special focus will be on barriers many girls face in achieving their full potential, including early and forced marriage as well as the challenges associated with child pregnancy.