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Calgary event aims to offer developing world’s women strength, hope and dignity

Calgary event aims to offer developing world’s women strength, hope and dignity

by Frank King

What if she was free from poverty, violence, and exploitation? What if she had strength, hope, and dignity? What if you could help make that happen?

Those are the questions Samaritan’s Purse will be answering March 7 at a special Calgary fundraising event to celebrate International Women’s Day.

In partnership with generous donors, the Calgary-based Christian relief organization has invested many years in providing physical and spiritual help in Jesus’ Name to tens of thousands of struggling women in the developing world.

The March 7 fundraising event starts at 7 p.m. at 20 Hopewell Way NE (Samaritan’s Purse’s Canadian headquarters). It will occur one day before International Women’s Day, and will highlight Samaritan’s Purse’s efforts to enable women to:

• Escape prostitution and violence
• Learn basic reading, writing, and arithmetic skills
• Acquire job skills to support their families and avoid exploitation
• Start small businesses
• Give birth safely and care for their newborns and other children

The need to equip and empower women in the developing world is urgent. Globally, women earn 24 percent less than men and do nearly 2.5 times more unpaid and domestic work. Poverty leaves countless women and their children vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

Highlighting some of the challenges and solutions will be Jen Singh, an instructor at Calgary’s Ambrose University. Jen will bring to the March 7 event more than 15 years of in-the-trenches international relief and development work around the world, much of it with Samaritan’s Purse.

The evening will also feature videos and Samaritan’s Purse project managers in a panel discussion addressing women’s issues.

Please visit www.SamaritansPurse.ca/womensday for more information and to RSVP. There is no admission charge.