In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8th, Legacy International will be highlighting stories of our programs and alumni working around the globe to #PressforProgress. With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away – there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women’s equality fueled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more – there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.
Every summer, at Legacy’s Global Youth Village, teenage men and women, take an honest look at gender norms and stereotypes across many cultures. The overwhelming realization is that women are vital to building strong resilient communities. Providing access to education, employment and leadership positions leads to healthier economies and helpful citizen engagement.
Imagine discussing the impact of women’s empowerment with teens from Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Egypt, Europe, and the USA! Taboo subjects such as early marriage, sexual harassment, domestic violence, early dropout rates lead to better understanding of the impacts. Participants leave ready to advocate.