Archive for the ‘womens empowerment’ Category

Video: Women Represent in the “Happiest Place” – Bhutan

In Bhutan, the Himalayan Kingdom renowned for the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH), half the population has reason to be less than satisfied. Women generally do not hold leadership positions in the country – only 7% of elected officials are female, and decision-making in families and communities is typically dominated by men.   Watch […]

Introducing International Women’s Education Day

This guest blog post is written by Osmara Vindel, creator of The Butterfly Club. Osmara and her peers are generously raising funds for women’s resources and empowerment programs at the Badhikel READ Center in Nepal.   On July 13, take a stand and build awareness for women’s education worldwide in the first ever International Women’s […]

The Unexpected Benefits of Literacy in Nepal

A 70-year-old Nepali woman told me that, after having learned to read, she can die happy. She values her education over her belongings since, as she said: “Everyone will die one day leaving behind all possessions, but you can carry what you have learned.” In Nepal, only 46.7% of women can read, compared to 71.1% […]

Digital tools raise awareness on maternal health in Nepal

This article was written as part of the Women Weave the Web campaign of our partner organization WorldPulse, and is written by Sanjana Shrestha, the Nepal Country Director of READ Global. Dol Kumari was born in Nepal, married at age nine, and a mother of two by sixteen. After childbirth, she suffered from uterine prolapse—a […]

How Mothers Change the World

A Mother’s Day post by READ Global Executive Director Tina Sciabica With Mother’s Day approaching, I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on three incredible mothers who changed the course of my life. My grandfather was killed trying to escape from a work camp in Italy in World War II, leaving my grandmother, my Nonna, a […]

Building a future beyond polio and illiteracy in India

Imagine at age 16, you are living in poverty, illiterate, and disabled because of polio. What would your future look like? This past week marked an historic occasion: the WHO officially declared that polio has been eradicated in India and ten other Asian countries. Yet what of the millions of polio survivors in India who […]

Engaging women in Bhutan’s new democracy

This is a staff post by Rinchen Choden, one of our Bhutan Field Coordinators. It originally appeared on the website of IREX, a READ Global partner organization. In Bhutan, women occupy only 4% of the leadership roles at the local government level, and only 10 of Bhutan’s 72 Parliament members are women, according to a […]

Where women go to learn their letters and become leaders

This is a guest post by Anh Ton of the The Asian Philanthropy Forum that originally appeared on their site, featuring READ Global’s work to empower women globally. A lot of people like to say they find refuge among books. When they say this, they usually mean it figuratively: books give them comfort and books […]

To rise out of poverty Asian women head to the library

This article was featured in The Christian Science Monitor, and originally appeared at Global Envision, a blog published by Mercy Corps. “Being born a girl is worthless,” said Chuna Devi, a Nepalese woman. Because her family didn’t think her education was a priority, she grew up illiterate, herding goats and cows. Women make up just […]

10 ways to empower women

1  Create a safe space: Women in South Asia often have nowhere to gather with other women and talk about issues like gender equity, women’s rights, or health. READ Centers provide a safe, trusted space for women to gather and learn. “The Center is a safe place for women, and we don’t really need approval […]

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