Rosalie harvests plants used for natural medicine which she has grown in a neighbour’s garden near her home in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. As well as selling second-hand shoes, Rosalie makes an income by growing and selling natural medicine at her local market. Photo: Arlette Bashizi/CAFOD

You can change the lives of women in poverty around the world

Women and girls, particularly those in poverty, constantly face gender discrimination, inequality and economic hardship. This year alone, there are estimated to be 388 million women and girls worldwide living in extreme poverty.

Since 2013, our dedicated Women for the World community have made remarkable strides, changing countless lives of women in poverty worldwide, helping provide education, developing livelihoods and improving healthcare and protection for some of the most vulnerable women and girls in marginalised communities.

We invite you to take a stand and join thousands of Australians by fundraising or donating to Women for the World. Only together can we give our sisters living in poverty the support they truly deserve.

Rosalie (standing) attends a Saving and Internal Lending Community group (SILC) meeting near her home in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Programs like these run over several years, with improvements made based on community needs. Your long term commitment allows us to improve and adapt programs like these over several years, knowing we have the funds to continue supporting them. Photo: Arlette Bashizi/CAFOD

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of working people living in poverty are women

388 million

women living in extreme poverty


of countries have at least one law that discriminates against women

Help women like Rosalie

This Women for the World Report provides an analysis of research undertaken to gain an understanding of the relevance to Australians of gender issues in Australia and across the Pacific region.

Some Alarming Facts About Women in Poverty

By understanding these challenges, we can develop targeted solutions to empower these women. Your generous support can provide resources to overcome these barriers, offering a path out of poverty and towards a more equitable future.

Disproportionate Impact

Poverty disproportionately affects women, further exacerbating the gender inequality gap. In many societies, socio-cultural norms limit women's access to education and economic opportunities, increasing their vulnerability to poverty.

Educational Gap

Globally, for every 100 boys of primary school age who are out of school, there are 122 girls in the same situation. Lack of education leads to limited job opportunities, perpetuating the cycle of poverty.

Gender Wage Gap

The gender wage gap is a persistent problem worldwide. The International Labor Organization states that women earn approximately 20% less than men globally. This wage disparity, combined with a higher likelihood of part-time work and employment in low-paid sectors, increases women's risk of poverty.

Healthcare Disparities

Access to health services remains an issue for impoverished women. They often lack the resources for routine and emergency healthcare, maternal health services, and are more vulnerable to infectious diseases.

Domestic and Sexual Violence

Women living in poverty are more likely to experience domestic and sexual violence, with severe physical and psychological consequences. Additionally, these experiences can limit their ability to gain financial independence.

Impact of Climate Change

Climate change disproportionately affects women in poverty. Women, especially those in rural areas, bear the brunt of adapting to climate change effects because they are often more dependent on natural resources for their livelihood.


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