February 26 2019

Women: key players in development

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.

The Sustainable Development Goals

“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.

Women, a driving force

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.

Together, let us be the change we want to see in the world


Discover the portraits of women taking part in our projects: