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Isabelle, the one smiling in the blue sweater, is 16 years old. What’s right?  She is healthy. She is carrying crystal clear water from a tap just minutes from her home.  She is in school.  She’s among the top 5 in her class.  And she is not married. 

World Vision believes that ending extreme poverty is possible, but it won’t happen as long as half the population is held back from reaching their full potential. The evidence is indisputable, when girls and women get equal access and opportunity - progress is accelerated, families are stronger, and communities are more prosperous.

The reality is, women and girls living in poverty face significant barriers at every stage of their lives. That’s why we focus on equipping and empowering women and girls in all areas of our work.

When given the chance, she can achieve. And when she does, she will share that success with her family, become a leader in her community and use her voice, her strength, and her determination to make a difference.

In just the last two years, World Vision has reached millions of girls and women who are now living safer, healthier, and more productive lives.  Girls like Isabelle. 

On International Women's Day, we celebrate the progress in the lives of women and girls, and the positive impact it’s having on families, communities, even nations. The end of poverty? It begins with her. 

Please join us in our commitment to #BalanceForBetter.  Because when her potential is unleashed, extreme poverty doesn’t stand a chance.

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"I can understand the discrimination women experience.  So it's very important to me to help eliminate it."  - Betsy King, Golf Fore Africa 

Betsy KingProfessional golf is a male-dominated sport, and for World Golf and LPGA hall-of-famer Betsy King, she can point to golf as the source of the only discrimination she has ever experienced. Growing up, she wasn’t allowed to play on the boys’ golf team. Then as a professional golfer, the money she made was only a fraction of what the men made for equal work.

Recognizing that her financial situation is much different from other women around the world, 62-year-old Betsy said, “I can understand the discrimination women experience. So it’s very important to me to help eliminate it.”

Based on this conviction, Betsy’s retirement from the LPGA tour was anything but a retirement. In August 2005, after 28 successful years and 34 tournament wins, including six major championships, she began a journey to create her own nonprofit, a journey culminating with a goal of raising $10 million over the next five years to help World Vision reach everyone, everywhere they work with clean drinking water by 2030.

Read more about our partnership with Golf Fore Africa

Patricia SWSW shirtPatricia Heaton on Entertainment Tonight

In case you missed it, check out this great piece on Entertainment Tonight about Patricia's most recent trip to the field with World Vision and the impact of clean water in communities in Rwanda, especially girls and women.


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"Creating environments for rightful relationships between girls and boys and women and men is the path to long-term sustainable change that will end extreme poverty." 

- Edgar Sandoval, President, World Vision U.S.



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