June 18 2020
In India and Nepal, the situation related to Coronavirus becoming increasingly dangerous for the most disadvantaged populations. Karuna-Shechen is responding with an emergency operation in order to p...
Many social disparities exist in our society, particularly between men and women, in areas of education, health services, professional opportunities, and justice.
In fact, out of 796 million illiterate people in the world, two thirds are women, and women earn only 10% of the world’s total income even though they account for two thirds of the work done globally. Rural areas are the most affected by these social disparities. In India, for instance, it is estimated that 70% of diseases affecting female reproductive health are caused by poor hygiene.
“There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women”
Kofi Annan – Nobel Prize and former Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2006)
Following the Millennium Development Goals adopted in 2015, the United Nations issued an agenda for a better and more sustainable future for all.
Throughout its 17 goals, the UN sustainable development program emphasizes the importance of women’s empowerment, particularly in goal #5, which is dedicated to gender equality.
Indeed, studies have shown that the integration of women into development projects is an essential tool for promoting their own success and achieving major economic, environmental and social changes. Empowering women, and ultimately establishing gender equality, is therefore an essential step toward building a better world.
At Karuna-Shechen, empowering women is at the heart of our focus and actions. We firmly believe in giving every woman equal opportunity to realize their full potential.
“Women play a crucial role in developing human sensitivity, compassion and non-violence which are often lacking in today’s world.” ~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Our programs aim to break gender barriers, giving women the opportunity to create the change they need in their lives. We remove stigmas and break taboos. With a fairer place in society, these women have a positive impact on the education and the health of their children, as well as on their community. They help change attitudes and act as mentors for new generations.
Discover the portraits of women taking part in our projects:
June 5 2020
During the unique period of lockdown, environmental experts have noted a sharp pollution decrease, a return of the animals to their natural habitat and a more luxuriant nature. These images have had a...
May 28 2020
On this International Menstrual Hygiene Day, Karuna-Shechen reaffirms its commitment empowering women in India and Nepal so that they have access to a better life. The menstrual cycle - a natural but...
May 22 2020
PROTECTING BIODIVERSITY MEANS PRIORITIZING ALTRUISM OVER SELFISHNESS The diversity of living species on Earth is fascinating. We appreciate its beauty and, since the beginnings of science, have so...
May 20 2020
In the face of the global epidemic of COVID-19, we continue more than ever to promote altruism, to cultivate it and to put it into action. We are convinced that this value - the founding stone o...
Meet the villagers, our team, and all those who make our work possible. Discover the values that guide and inspire us. And learn how your generous support improves the living conditions of 250,000 peo...