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Christian Aid Christmas Appeal Launched

Monday September 30 2019

Christian Aid has launched its 2019 Christmas Appeal, which is focused on gender equality and helping women – particularly mothers - live lives free from poverty, oppression and discrimination.

The charity, which describes ‘gender equality as a major cause and effect of poverty’, is particularly focusing on the Dalit women of India, who account for 95% of the country’s 1.2 million manual scavengers.

Every day, these women endure hours of degrading work that involves the removing, carrying and cleaning of human excrement from latrines and sewers in return for scraps of stale bread and a few rupees.

Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, Chief Executive of Christian Aid, said: “It is not right that women are still disproportionally affected by poverty, discrimination and violence. 

“If we give women the opportunity, they can be stronger changemakers who can transform our world.  We all have God-given gifts we can use to help others – and ourselves.  Women have the power to liberate themselves, their families and others from oppression; to challenge inequality; and to seek justice.

“Every one of God’s children has the power within them to change their lives and achieve wonderful things. They need a conducive environment to make it happen.”

Christian Aid’s local partner organisation, ARUN has helped millions of people in India break free from manual scavenging during the past decade by educating them about their rights, helping them to apply for government compensation grants, skills training, and giving them the chance to make a better life for themselves, and their families.

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