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My Two Cents: Self Care, Empowerment & the Eradication of Poverty

My Two Cents: Self Care, Empowerment & the Eradication of Poverty

Sharon and Allison 2014_1Editor’s Post, by Sharon Reed

October 17th marks International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, a UN-designated to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries. Women and children are particularly vulnerable and disproportionately affected, further compounding the cycle of poverty.

While the challenges of poverty eradication are complex and solutions often divisive, there is no question that cultivating self care and reliance is at the heart of breaking the very chains of dependency that so often lead to impoverishment.

Empowerment Matters_Poverty_QuoteAt the Global Girls Project, we believe there is still much work to do to create enabling policy and provide access to tools and resources to support women and girls’ education and economic empowerment.  We also believe that personal and leadership development play an important role in the poverty solution — creating the enabling foundation of self care, confidence and resiliency necessary to break through and beyond the seemingly insurmountable barriers and obstacles that so often stand in the way.

As you reflect on this day, I hope you will join us and help raise awareness about the progress made and the challenges that remain for people living in poverty. Use #EndPoverty to post your messages about the MDGs and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

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