According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, women face substantial biases in terms of land and livestock ownership, wage equality, involvement in decision-making, and their ability to access credit and financial services, despite constituting 43 percent of the worldwide agricultural labor force.
October 15th marked the International Day of Rural Women. We’d like to celebrate all the resilient women in third world countries who work hard to make a livelihood for themselves and their families. Women who often put their lives at risk for bearing children and sustaining a livelihood.
Muslim Hands Teams have traveled to some of the world’s most impoverished communities, helping numerous women. Oftentimes, we’ve witnessed widows who are singlehandedly raising children, unable to make ends meet.
Our Livelihoods projects are geared towards helping women, so they can sustain a source of income for themselves and their children. A steady income not only ensures nutritious meals for children and a stable home, but sometimes an education too, resulting in an entire generation of healthy and successful adults.
You can donate a Hope Shop, provide a Sewing Machine, or contribute any amount to our Livelihoods Fund. You could also fund a child’s education and well-being by Sponsoring an Orphan, and helping a mother raise a child. Consider it a form of Sadaqah Jariyah, as you are providing hope to communities long after you give.
When it comes to healthcare, a substantial majority of rural women don’t have access to healthcare. Did you know over 800 women die everyday from complications in pregnancy and childbirth? Not to mention, for every woman who dies approximately 20 others suffer serious infections, injuries and disabilities.
Many must travel long distances to reach the nearest hospital. This can be particularly challenging for pregnant women or those with chronic health conditions. Moreover, health care facilities in rural areas lack basic infrastructure and equipment, limiting their ability to cater to the needs of women. Meet Wassa Doumbia, a mother from Sincina village in Mali.
We are adamant to curb these preventable deaths. Because of your support, we’ve built Motherkind Clinics in struggling communities where every expectant woman and girl, irrespective of her family’s income, receives medical assistance and vital antenatal and postnatal care so she doesn’t become a statistic.
This International Day of Rural Women help women in need, so we can create sustainable households and brighter futures for children. Your Sadaqah and Zakat are capable of restoring lives.