Nongovernmental organizations like ChildFund have worked in some of the world's poorest countries for many years, aiming to protect the rights of women and girls and help empower in communities where they are marginalized. Many large-scale groups, such as the Clinton Global Initiative, are also working toward improving conditions for women and advocating for women's rights. During the recent Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York City, officials and philanthropists discussed how leveraging the power of data more effectively could result in larger gains for girls and women.
A report published recently by the World Bank revealed that women have gained many rights over the past 50 years, including greater personal and economic autonomy. However, some legal restrictions are still holding many women back, including distinctions between married and single women, ownership rights and economic differences in the workplace. Clearly, there are still obstacles to full equality, even in countries with stable governments and economies.
"When women and men participate in economic life on an equal footing, they can contribute their energies to building a more cohesive society and a more resilient economy," says Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank. "The surest way to help enrich the lives of families, communities and economies is to allow every individual to live up to her or his fullest creative potential."
One of the key points raised during the CGI conference was that more must be done to leverage data to identify strategic opportunities where funding and direct intervention can make a difference in women's lives. This might include looking at the potential returns on investment for establishing microloan programs in Africa, or using advanced statistical analysis to determine the efficacy of projects in place to meet the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals.
ChildFund works in some of the world's poorest countries, where our goals include advocating for women's and girls' rights, as well as improving maternal health and expanding educational opportunities for young girls who may otherwise be excluded. One of the best ways you can help us continue this work is by becoming a child sponsor. For just $28 per month, or $35 per month to sponsor a child in the United States, you can provide nutritious food, essential health care and access to education for girls living in developing nations around the world. Your generosity will make a world of difference, so please consider sponsoring a child today.