Friday, 8 March 2013

International Women's Day, 8 March


Raleigh’s vision is a world where young people feel a sense of belonging to a global community working together to strengthen and improve the world around them. If you have been following our progress you will know that each phase on expedition 13A has considered a theme, in Phase 1 we focused on social justice which culminated in a short video we made (click here to watch >) and Phase 2 has been focused on Women with all of our teams celebrating International Women's Day  on the 8 March.

In a recent UN report on the Millennium Development Goals, it was voiced that despite the global reduction of more than 800 million people living in extreme poverty from 1990 to 2008, women continue to be more likely to live in poverty than men. The focus for this theme was to consider such statistics and gender equality. Every team is coming up with a campaign to highlight women’s issues whether violence, inequality in education, health or one of the many other complex issues that are faced due to gender.

Expedition 13A - X-Ray Women's Day Actions

X-Ray 1,2 & 3 are trekking and will be doing a quiz that the wonderful Clare Evans from Head Office wrote for all of our X-Ray teams. They will also be video-ing clips of their aspirations and their hopes for women of the world.
X-Ray 3: Rising and saying no to gender inequality
X-Ray 4 have been interviewing the woman biologist and ranger that are currently working in the park and are considering how women can positively contribute to environmental conservation. X-Ray 5 & 6 have been working hard on their 13A campaign and X-Ray 5 have come up with a social media campaign which will be using a logo created by X-Ray 6 - all will be revealed after changeover - watch this space!
X-Ray 8 from Siares San Ramon are interviewing and celebrating the women of their community
X-Ray 7,8,9 & 10 are all of our community projects and have been able to interview and undertake case studies of the women in the communities Raleigh are working in. X-Ray 7 are focusing on water in Matapalo, X-Ray 8 are focusing on education and the women in their village of Siares. X-Ray 9 are focusing on women's health particularly maternal health and pre-natal care and have come up with a campaign they are calling 'Born: help to grow and grow to help.' X-Ray 10 are hosting a coffee morning in La Arenilla to celebrate all of the women in their community. 
Every girl should be able to aspire to great things and there should be no barrier to stop them from achieving everything they dreamed of.
All of our teams have been making short video clips asking questions such as those below from X-Ray 10. Whether the young girls who have voiced their dreams, or the women in the community who have shared their lives with our teams - it has made all of our volunteers think about the women in the world and what we can do as global citizens to ensure equality in all things.

Case Study: Neraida from La Arenilla Miraflor
Raleigh are completing a sustainable housing project in La Arenilla, a remote coffee farming community in Nicaragua. They interviewed Neraida whose father Don Rufino will be a beneficiary of one of the 6 new homes that are being completed.

My name is Neraida and I am 20 and live in La Arenila in Nicaragua. I am a single mother, my baby is 15 months old. I work for an organisation that prevents natural disasters and I teach in the community. While I am at work my brother and my grandmother look after my child.

Q: What is your role in the community?
In the morning I take care of my child and in the afternoon I teach adults in the community. The classes are called Nivalacion Eva. It is a pleasure to teach the adults even though it is very difficult and everything seems like a puzzle sometimes, overall I enjoy it a lot.
The women of Miraflor work hard raising their families, working and supporting their communities. 
Q: Do you see a difference between the education of men and women here?
No, because men and women have the same rights even if they are boys and we are girls we feel we are equals.

Q: Have you noticed a change in attitude of women over the generations?
Yes, thank god! In generations before it was difficult for women and we were unable to have the priviledges we have today. While my mother and grandmother finished school in the second grade aged 8, I completed elementary school aged 12.

This blog and the above interview is part of a series of blogs themed around International Women's Day. Celebrate with us and show your support for women.

5 comments:

  1. Nina Venus-Murmann8 March 2013 at 08:15

    For Lilly Murmann, X-Ray 10
    Hola guapa, que tal. Ich hoffe, diese Zeilen finden Dich wohlauf und glücklich :-) We miss you mucho!! Aber es ist wunderbar Eure Einträge zu lesen, Du bist am rechten Fleck, denke ich... unglaublich, was raleigh auf die Beine stellt! Fantastic work! So inspiring and elevating! Thank you! Thank you for the posts! Weil das ja immer alle lesen können, schreib ich DIr einen dicken Mamakuss und schicke Dir von uns allen eine feste Umarmung und herzliche Grüsse!!! Weiter so! Pura Vida!

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  2. Ottie Westerink, X-Ray 3,

    Lieve ottie, je bent nu geloof ik aan het rondtrekken door de jungle. Hoop dat je het niet al te zwaar hebt. Maar ik weet zeker dat je het kan. Vond het zo leuk om even iets van je te horen tijdens de vakantie, vooral dat je het zo leuk had!! Ik doe het je niet na:) Had trouwens vorige week debat met liex, nou ik weet nu echt zeker dat ik echt nooit maar dan ook nooit de politiek in ga. Maar ging gelukkig wel beter dan vorig jaar! Ben trouwens echt over 1,5 week jarig woooohh, vind het echt jammer dat jij en fen er niet zijn haha, maar ga denk ik toch niks doen! Had ook even wat van fen gehoord, die heeft het ook echt geweldig. Ze is helemaal verliefd op de Tanzanianen haha. Ze zit nu ook met emma in de groep. Hoop dat jij ook weer zo'n leuke groep hebt en je ons niet te veel mist haha!!! Hier is niet heel veel bijzonders gebeurd, alleen lou is weer singel!!!! Heel veel plezier nog otje en hoop dat je daar nog een hele leuk tijd hebt. XXXXXX Nouk

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  3. Robin van gelderen X - RAY8.
    Hoi Robin ,hoe gaat het daar in dat verre land. Heb intussen van je moeder gehoord dat deze fase je een beetje zwaar valt. Dit zware werk valt ook niet mee. En ook de aantal weken dat je daar bent ,begint natuurlijk ook mee te tellen. Maar alles voor het goede doel, zal je straks een goed gevoel geven. Jammer dat ik op dit moment zo weinig op de. Blog van je kan zien en lezen. Maar ik blijf op de hoogte via mama. Voor nu nog vele grtjes ,xxxxxx wilma

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  4. For Nina - X-Ray 1
    Hi lieverd,
    Ben reuze benieuwd hoe het met je gaat - al weer bijna twee weken onderweg dus jullie naderen de pacific coast al denk ik. Begreep dat jullie wel in de regen zijn beland - hier trouwens ook veel regen. Wat gaat de tijd toch snel. Verder alles OK, Splint's arm ook weer helemaal genezen. Bedacht me net vannacht dat ik wellicht vergeten ben je naam op pakketje met de oplader te schrijven - staat wel afzender op dus hoop dat het toch bij je aankomt. Misschien goed om bij terugkomst in Fieldbase wel even naar informeren. Kijk er naar uit je stem weer te horen. Heel veel sterkte en plezier deze laatste week! xxx mam

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  5. Hi Jess Adsett
    Not hear much from you recently. Hope you still having a fantastic time. Matt been using All inclusive facilities. He's gone off to see Braz for he weekend.
    Love
    N & G

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