Canberra women unite for the world's most marginalised

11 May 2017   |   Media release   |   Long-term Development

In the month that heralds mothers in Australia, more than 100 women will gather in Canberra to raise funds and stand in solidarity with women living in global poverty.

The Canberra event will be held at Yarralumla’s Southern Cross Yacht Club on Thursday, May 11. ABC Canberra radio reporter Louise Maher will host the event.

Lulu Mitshabu, Caritas Australia’s Canberra-based Community Participation Leader, is one of the driving forces behind the Women for the World event.

“Women make up more than half of the world’s poor. Many face systemic discrimination that prevents them from gaining an education, accessing healthcare and securing employment. Yet we know that we help a woman, her family and her community also climb out of poverty,” Ms Mitshabu said.

Money raised will go to the Maryknoll Seedling of Hope program, based in Cambodia.

Sr. Leonor Montiel, also known as Sr. Len, is the Director of the program. She will share the inspirational story of the Caritas-supported program at the Canberra event.

Sister Len works daily to return hope to those affected by HIV and AIDS through the delivery of psycho-social support, healthcare, education and vocational training. Born in the Philippines, for almost two decades she has worked as a social and community development worker in Cambodia.

“Through Seedling of Hope people living with HIV and AIDS have a chance to live a new life with dignity, to improve their economic wellbeing and become independent, and transform their own lives,” Sr. Len said.

“The aim is to make a real difference in the lives of youth and families for whom the effects of HIV and AIDS have been compounded by the impacts of living with poverty and disadvantage. By focusing on their psychological health as much as their physical health, we’re able to ensure that they have everything they need to meet their daily needs, including support for their livelihoods.”

Learn more about Women for World Canberra or to donate to the Caritas-supported Maryknoll Seedling of Hope program.

Watch a film highlighting the Maryknoll Seedling of Hope program in Cambodia.

Last year, thanks to all of our supporters we reached over 2 million people directly through our emergency and development programs. Caritas, the Catholic agency for international aid and development, is part of Caritas Internationalis, the second largest humanitarian network in the world.

Caritas media contact: Nicole Clements on 0408 869 833 or Susan Duric on 0407 536 130

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