This Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating the power of mothers, grandmothers, sisters and women worldwide. In our work, we’ve seen that when moms are empowered, they can transform families, communities, and even generations – they have a unique power to inspire us and make a difference.
Moms give their all to move us forward - here’s what we’ve seen:
Moms Invest in Their Families & Communities
In Haiti, the Clinton Foundation works with Papillion Enterprise – an organization that is working to revitalize Haiti’s culture of artisan crafts and is providing jobs and training for mothers by making jewelry and pottery to sell internationally. What began as a small business with five young mothers has grown to 300 employees with support from the Clinton Foundation. Now, these mothers are helping to rebuild a growing economy in Haiti and giving their families and communities the chance to reach new heights. And we’re seeing this in countries and economies around the world. According to our No Ceilings Full Participation Report that was released earlier this year, we know that investing in women has a multiplier effect – the positive results ripple outwards. When women have the chance to participate in their communities and economies, they are more likely to reinvest what they’ve gained – whether that’s capital or knowledge — back into their families and their communities. When women are supported to participate in the workforce poverty decreases and economies grow. For example, it’s estimated that if we closed the gap in women’s economic participation in countries such as the U.S., Japan, Mexico and Turkey, GDPs would grow in these and similar countries by an average of 12 percent.
Moms Open Up a World of Education
Many of the moms we work with around the world are examples of the unique power of mothers to harness the potential of education to help their families thrive. Mothers such as Wazia, a Tanzanian Anchor Farm Project lead farmer and single mother of seven children, and Ana Veronica, an entrepreneur and mother of five children in Peru are working so they can afford an education for their children, even though neither of these women had an opportunity for a traditional education themselves. We also know from our No Ceilings data that educating women and mothers is essential for enhancing opportunities for future generations – giving girls a secondary education leads to increased educational attainment for both boys and girls across generations. And making sure that women are educated can have benefits for all of us. We know that from 1970 to 2009 half of the decrease in global child mortality was tied to the fact that women of reproductive age were able to achieve a higher level of education.
Moms Empower Us to Be Healthy
According to recent findings in the State of Women in Healthcare Report, women in the U.S. make 80% of healthcare decisions for their households, giving them the opportunity to help their families thrive. In an effort to create tech solutions to address women’s health needs, the Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative has teamed up with Jawbone, Ace Hotel, and media partner SELF Magazine to host a Women’s Codeathon Series to inspire female developers and designers to create original prototypes that will improve women’s and their families’ health. One solution that has come out of this series is Feasted – a non-profit family meal subscription app that improves the nutrition of food insecure families. The app helps women and their families schedule, manage, and pay for subsidized nutritious meal solutions, and also provides access to food redistribution networks and government assistance programs. With many mothers making decisions when it comes to a family’s health, it’s important that we are developing tools that empower them make evidence-based decisions that can help improve outcomes for themselves and their families.
Moms Are Our Role Models
Moms – and women more broadly – also have an integral role in helping us care by acting as role models and taking a stand to help shape the issues that are important to all of us as a global community. For instance, the epidemic of domestic violence is one that impacts whole families and communities. It’s an issue that we all must care about and face together – women and girls, men and boys – in order to end it. Jo El was inspired to help change perceptions around violence and hopefully, end it, after witnessing the abuse of his mom, Freeda, seeing the effect it had on his family. Together, Freeda and Jo El took a stand to engage others in their community to help stop violence. By sharing Jo El’s story, we hope to inspire others and help end the cycle: http://noceilings.org/#V1174&o
We hope you’ll join us this Mother’s Day in celebrating the awesome power of moms. Share your story on social media using the hashtag #MomsMoveUs.