SI Thames Valley, SI Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead and SI High Wycombe and District join together to celebrate 100 years of International Women’s Day.

This joint event was held on 6th March 2011

One of our members was there in her capacity as advocate for Women of Action – a Bangladesh based charity.

Women of Action is a charity that works with Bangladeshi women to establish and maintain Learning and Savings groups that Transform the lives of women and their communities.  After living overshadowed by shame and fear, our learning and savings groups are providing a safe and supportive environment for women to realise their value and potential. We invite the most vulnerable in the poorest villages and slums to form their own groups and save money together. These women then meet weekly to learn basic skills and practical, lifesaving knowledge to protect and provide for their children.

Working together, they are able to develop the means and confidence to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. We currently have over 900 groups meeting across Bangladesh.

In addition, the charity was launching its Mother’s Day gift initiative at this event – this initiative enabled people to buy a gift of family health lessons, antenatal care or vocational skills training which can help a mum to protect and provide for her children.

Celebrating 100 Years of International Women's Day

In poor villages and slums the voices of mothers are often silenced, their potential overlooked and their needs forgotten. Yet they hold the hope for their children’s future. Empowering mothers is key to promoting health, education and prosperity- a key to ending poverty. We believe mothers make the difference. This is why our life-changing gifts are enabling disadvantaged mums to discover their potential.