Why Women and Girls
Credit: Oxfam, DRC

WhyWomenand Girls

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Why women and girls?

Poverty has a female face. There are over a billion people living in extreme poverty. Most of them are women and girls. It makes sense then, that when it comes to fighting poverty, powerlessness, and inequality, The Circle works alongside women to even the odds stacked against them.

According to the UN, while both men and women suffer in poverty, gender discrimination means that women have far fewer resources to cope. They are likely to be the last to eat, the ones least likely to access healthcare, and routinely trapped in time-consuming, unpaid domestic tasks. They have more limited options to work or build businesses. Adequate education may lie out of reach. Some end up forced into sexual exploitation as part of a basic struggle to survive.