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Progressio has been working on gender in El Salvador for several years. To celebrate International Women’s Day, Progressio’s El Salvador Country Representative, Carmen Medina, talks to us about being a woman in El Salvador.
What would you say are the main challenges facing women at present in El Salvador?
Gender violence and the feminisation of poverty.
How is gender inequality visible in El Salvador?
Progressio has been working on gender in Zimbabwe for several years. To celebrate International Women’s Day, Progressio’s Southern Africa Sub-regional Manager, Fiona Mwashita, talks to us about being a woman in Zimbabwe.
What would you say are the main challenges facing women in Zimbabwe?
Progressio has been working on gender in Honduras for several decades. To celebrate International Women’s Day, Glenda Rodriguez, Progressio’s Central America Sub-Regional Manager, talks to us about being a woman in Honduras.
What would you say are the main challenges facing women in Honduras?
For Hamda Sulaiman, education has been the most powerful tool in unlocking a full life with open doors to her potential. In Somaliland, where more than half of the female population is illiterate, Hamda’s story is not a unique one, but it does show the change that can occur in a person’s life when a local organisation is supported to bring justice. In the lead up to International Women's Day, we wanted to give Hamda the opportunity to share her story.
Progressio is celebrating 75 years of supporting marginalised people around the world. We have marked the occasion with a special version of our magazine that looks back over more than seven decades of incredible work, and gives you a glimpse of the significant moments coming up in the year ahead.
Mark Marevera spent the majority of his life the way most farmers in his area of Zimbabwe do. Three years ago, his income was very volatile and he lacked the security of knowing if his farm would even provide a yield large enough to sustain his family.
He was living in the small village of Chirimanyemba, Zvimba where, despite agriculture being the main source of livelihoods, farmers struggled to respond to changing economic and environmental pressures.
Last year, Katy Coats was one of hundreds of Progressio supporters who took part in Live Below the Line - surviving on £1 a day for five days and helping us raise over £7,700 in the process. As we open pre-registration for this year’s Live Below the Line, Katy reflects on how she managed.
"Living on £1 a day is a really poignant way of showing solidarity with poverty stricken communities. The Live Below the Line challenge is one that really shocks people when you tell them about it, it provokes thought and brings home the harsh reality of many people's lives."
Charlotte Redmond was the first person to pre-register to participate in Live Below the Line for Progressio in 2015. This is what she had to say about her motivation and what she expects from the challenge.