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(all images in this post are credited to Action Aid)
When I read about the ActionAid Strong Women challenge, I know that it was something I could easily get on board with. I think it would be awesome to get lots of you awesome strong women (and men!) involved as it is a two-way challenge- not only does it help us, but it is supporting the amazing work that ActionAid does around the world.
It’s not until you look into the global statistics that you start to wonder how we can help to make the world a better place for women. Here are some facts I have recently learnt:
– Globally, women perform 66% of the world’s work
– produce 50% of the world’s food,
– earn just 10% of the world’s income and
– own 1% of the world’s property
-globally women make up 70% of the people living in poverty
OUCH! That’s a lot of work for not much income or property ownership, isn’t it?
So how can we help? During the month of November- from the 4th to the 25th, ActionAid Australia is calling on all Australians to sign up to the Strong Women Challenge- a 21-day strength building challenge to raise vital funds to support women’s fight for equality and justice.
Now in its third year, the Strong Women Challenge is an opportunity for passionate and committed Australians to become physically stronger while standing in solidarity with women around the world.
“The Strong Women Challenge is an incredibly unique fundraising challenge,” explains ActionAid Australia’s Executive Director Michelle Higelin. “We ask participants to commit to increasing their own strength to symbolically increase the strength and resilience of women in countries like Vanuatu, Cambodia and Kenya. Participants are supported to realise their own inner power and achieve their goals, while funds raised through the challenge go to support and empower women in low-income countries to become leaders within their own communities.”
How does it work?
Sign up here: https://strongwomenchallenge.org.au
Then get started! You will be supported during the challenge with workout videos, rewards for fundraising milestones, and a membership to an active online community where you can share personal challenges and successes.
Share your progress on social media, encourage your friends and family to sponsor you and help you to reach the goal you set yourself. You will be fully supported throughout the challenge with fundraising ideas, incentives, and information about how the money raised will help women around the world. The Strong Women Challenge is open to all Australians, regardless of gender, age, location, ability or fitness level, and runs from 4 to 25 November 2019.
But…who are ActionAid and why should I support them?
ActionAid is a global movement of people fighting for women’s rights, social justice and an end to poverty. ActionAid Australia works with women around the world specifically focusing on three key pillars:
- Economic justice for women
- Women’s rights in emergencies
- Climate justice for women
ActionAid has been promoting women’s leadership in humanitarian responses for many years, enabling women to find the power within themselves to collectively challenge negative decision-making structures, lead by example and advocate for other women. Women and women-led organisations bring valuable skills and assets to any localised humanitarian action and bring a strong understanding of the local context and needs of women, girls and their communities.
Globally, ActionAid has supported 500,000 women and their communities across 45 countries to achieve positive change and access to their human rights. Want to read more about ActionAid? https://actionaid.org.au
So who wants to form a team?
You can watch my progress on my insta stories as I do the challenge!