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Project Trust volunteers across the world celebrate International Womens Day 2013

Date added: Thursday 4th April 2013

8th March 2013

Today is International Women's Day. Here are some of the ways our current volunteers have chosen to mark the day in their projects:

Danielle Bates in Ghana

Dani with pupils and staff at her school in GhanaIn Ghana Danielle Bates has been running an essay competition this week in Lolobi Ashiambi Junior High School in Ghana. The pupils had a choice of two titles: ‘Who is the most inspirational woman in your life? What have they done to make them so inspirational?' or ‘What, in your opinion, is the biggest obstacle facing women in Lolobi Ashiambi from achieving their goals? What would you recommend to overcome these obstacles?' Danielle has also arranged a debate for this afternoon on the topic: ‘This house believes that girls education is just as important as boys education.'

Danielle said: "Hearing about International Women's Day, I was really excited as it would give me the opportunity to get the students discussing the role that women have in the village. I find teaching here as well as running extracurricular activities like debates, essay competitions and litter picks is the most rewarding thing because of how it makes the students open their minds to the issues that they are facing today."

Patricia Shaw in Cambodia

In Cambodia Patricia Shaw is arranging for a day off for the female members of staff, or ‘mothers', Trish in Cambodia as a volunteer with Project Trustat the Honour Village children's home. Male volunteers will take over the mothers' usual jobs, including doing the laundry, making the lunch and running activities. This will give the mothers, who live in the children's home, a well-earned day off to play with the kids and make a day trip to Siem Reap.

Patricia said: "I'm looking forward to seeing the mothers have a rest for a day hopefully. The boy volunteers are a bit nervous I think about taking on all the tasks but I'm sure they will do great!"

Tessa Jones in China

In China Tessa Jones is getting her boots on for a hike to symbolise women's climb to equality. All the female teachers in Kuitun, Xinjiang, will be braving the -15 temperatures to take part in the hike.

Tessa said: "I'm sure the hike will be fun and exhausting all at the same time. This week the boys have been the only ones out shovelling the snow at break time and the girls have been able to sit and relax. The school has given all female teachers the day off (not quite sure how it will remain in operation considering the majority of the teachers are female).

Tessa taking a class in China as a volunteer with Project Trust"Before coming to China I had a preconception that it would have mainly misogynistic views due to traditions, but I have been proven wrong. Chinese women work hard in high powered jobs with long hours at the same time as nurturing a family, enjoying their hobbies and being able to cook delicious food for everyone. They'll work hard all morning and then rush home to cook a banquet for lunch for their families and they still keep smiling as if it is all effortless. It's impressive that women in China have progressed so much over the last few decades and yet still maintain a lot of traditional family values that keeps their culture thriving."


Back in the UK Emma Varney,a  Returned Volunteer and Jen Byram, Project Trust's Head of Recruitment, have been in to Haybridge High School in Hagley, Worcester, as part of our Global Citizenship programme.

On Wednesday Emma spoke to 250 Key Stage 4 students (aged 13-16) about the changing role of Emma Varney in Haybridgewomen and attitudes to gender in South Africa, based on her experiences as a volunteer there in 2011/12.

Emma said: "Before I went away with Project Trust I couldn't have done that, but once I got talking it was great. I could have gone on for another hour, and you could tell the kids were really interested."

Emma Varney in Haybridge High School

Today Jen Byram, who was a pupil at Haybridge, spoke to the school's Key Stage 3 students (aged 11-13) about her experiences of working with women in Nigeria.

Michael Conroy-Harris, Community Project Coordinator at Haybridge High School, said: "The two visits have been a fantastic opportunity for 600 of our students to think about International Women's Day and issues around development in South Africa and Nigeria.

"We are sure that the visits and conversations have planted a seed of curiosity and ambition in out students. We hope this is the start of lots of partnership work with Project Trust."


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