Baobuyu Learning Center is located in Mwandi, a rural community where the majority of women have not had the opportunity to finish school due to poverty, early marriages and home or family commitments. Women in these rural areas are often not allowed to own or inherit property and land, which increases their poverty. However, educating women is key to ending the poverty cycle – that is why Vision for Women is so important to us.
Did you know?
- 1 in 37 women in Zambia will die during childbirth – one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world (UNICEF 2013)
- Only 38% of girls in Zambia are educated beyond primary school (The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics)
- 17% of Zambian women have experienced sexual violence, and almost half have experienced physical violence (UN Women 2011-12)
Vision for Women was established in 2018. Our aim is to empower women in the community to strive to improve their quality of life and their future opportunities. We will achieve this through education on healthy living, teaching entrepreneurial skills, the chance to connect with other women, skills training, computer literacy and various workshops.
Our women’s group provides a welcoming and supportive environment, where women are encouraged to share their experiences and learn from one another. We want our women to unite together, build their confidence and leadership skills, have an equal say in decisions that affect their lives, and lead positive change in their community.
If you educate a man, you educate an individual. If you educate a woman, you educate a nation.African Proverb
Sharon, Vision for Women participant
Mwandi Community is a good community to live in if you have skills as a woman. When you educate a woman, she will pass on that knowledge to her children, as women have big hearts for sharing.