On International Women’s Day, Stories of Strength and Courage

March 2, 2014 by

As we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, here is a collection of inspiring stories and visuals that highlight what this day is all about: the strength and courage of women around the world.

Madagascar, photo by Sara A. Fajardo/CRSMadagascar Moms Learn Nutrition Lessons
After a cyclone wiped out their families’ food and income, two mothers in Madagascar learn how to feed their children in lean times.


AFG2012074859_thumbnailPHOTO GALLERY: Nurturing Self-Sufficiency in Afghan Women
Although Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world, women have opportunities that were unheard of a decade ago. With continued advances, women in Afghanistan are poised to play an essential role in shaping their country’s future.
Isla Dolores Gomez is a promoter for CRS savings groups in Las Lomas, a small town near the northern border with Haiti in the Dominican Republic. The 40-year-old mother of five never thought of herself as a leader before getting involved in savings groups, but her responsibilities with the savings group showed her she has something offer. A few months after she started her first group, she decided to go back to school to finish her high school degree. She also bought a hair dryer and some brushes with the money she saved. A few nights each week, she turns her her front patio into a beauty salon.  The extra money she earns helps to pay the household bills, but it’s much more than that.  Now she knows she can depend on myself and has the strength to make life better for herself and her family. Photo by Robyn Fieser/CRSMicrofinance: Lessons in Savings and in Life
Before starting CRS savings groups, Ilsa Dolores Gomez had not thought of herself as a leader. Now, as a promoter of the groups in the town of Loma de Cabrera, Dominican Republic, she feels she has something to offer. Photo by Robyn Fieser/CRS

BUF2012071780_thumbnailA Voice for Women in Burkina Faso
Meet Edith, who became a voice for women and girls in her community after mentoring girls through a CRS education program in Burkina Faso.


MAD2011052520_thumbnailPHOTO GALLERY: Celebrating Women’s Work Around the World
CRS celebrates the hard work of women around the world—often under difficult circumstances. Join us as we showcase unsung, hardworking women from around the world.

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