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With this Bead Party, you and your guests will examine women’s empowerment on a deeper level.

Learn from experts about how women help societies overcome poverty, or why age 12 can be a critical turning point in a girl’s life.  Hear inspiring stories about women who have seized opportunities to determine their own destinies.  A portion of the funds raised at your Bead Party will go directly to BeadforLife’s Girls’ Education Program.

Empower a woman and change the world

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals recognize that women’s empowerment is a tool for global development.  There are key social benefits to educating and empowering women and girls:

  • Mothers allocate more of their income to their children than fathers do
  • They give birth to fewer children
  • Maternal mortality rates drop
  • The contraction and spread of HIV/AIDS decreases
  • They are less likely to engage in unsustainable environmental practices

Empowering women in developing countries like Uganda creates ripples that impact their immediate community and future generations worldwide.

Facts about women and poverty

  • Women make up half of the world’s population and yet represent 70% of the world’s poor.
  • One girl in seven in developing countries marries before age 15, 38% marry before age 18.
  • Worldwide, one in five adults cannot read or write,  two-thirds of these are women.
  • 57% of the 72 million children who do not attend primary school are girls.
  • An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages by 10-20%.  An extra year of secondary school by 15-25%.
  • Universal primary education would prevent 700,000 cases of HIV each year – about 30% of all new infections in this age group.

"The education and empowerment of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life for all." 

- Aung San Suu Kyi, 1991 Nobel Peace Laureate

 

Women's Empowerment Bead Party toolkit

Sample agenda, activities, recommended books and videos, and more

Meet Awino Colline

Colline, a BeadforLife-sponsored student, wants to be nurse.

Meet Namwanja Juliette

Juliette, a BeadforLife Entrepreneurial Program graduate, has started two successful businesses.