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When I was in my teens I decided the world’s problems were too vast and too numerous to solve. I gave up being vegetarian. I started wearing leather. I gave up worrying about recycling. I stopped watching the news: it’s depressing and there’s nothing you can do about it. People were (and still are) starving every day – so being veggie to save a few cows just seemed ridiculous.

What started as my new year’s resolution to try and make sure I leave the world a little better for my being in it, seems to be taking over my life: I’m worried that my social conscience is turning me into a bit of a bore, however here are today’s thoughts and action…

In some of the world’s poorest countries girls as young as 3 spend their day fetching water for their family. This means they can’t attend school. Their brothers can.

Reducing gender inequality with something as basic as ensuring a safe water supply can have a huge impact; girls are able to attend school instead of fetching water. Knowledge is power, right?

Research by the Department for International Development shows:

  • In Africa, children of mothers who have spent five years in primary education are 40% more likely to live beyond the age of five.  
  • An educated woman is 50% more likely to have her children immunised.
  • In Africa, Asia and Latin America, women with seven or more years of schooling have between two and three fewer children than women with less than three years of education.

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I’ve signed up to take part in Walk In Her Shoes organised by Care. I’ll be walking 10,000 steps (or 5 miles) a day, for a week. I’ll be asking friends, family and colleagues to donate to support this cause. In fact I’ve asked some of my female colleagues to become a team and take part in this during March – together we can raise more.

If you’d like to read more about this or make a donation please follow the link below.

https://walkinhershoes.everydayhero.com/uk/cathie

I’m a big believer in leading by example, so I’ll probably be the first person to donate too! 🙂

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