Building skills and confidence
Reports show on average, women have less income, access to resources, assets and financial independence than men. By funding organisations where women can learn new skills, it will give them the ability and certainty to return to the workplace and apply for new jobs. World Health Organisation research showed that girls had consistently lower confidence than boys. By building confidence from a young age it will allow girls to grow up challenging social norms and believing they can achieve their goals. Building girls and women’s confidence will allow them to move forward with their lives in all areas to reach their full potential
Improving health and wellbeing
Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from anxiety, one in four women will require treatment for depression and women spend more time experiencing ill-health then men (18.8 years). In Scotland, a woman who lives in a less deprived area can live up to 7.5 years longer than a woman who comes from a most deprived area. Improving a women’s health and general well being will make them to feel better about themselves which increases energy and concentration which will reflect in their professional and social lives.
Moving on from violence
One in five women experiences domestic abuse. On average, a domestic incident is reported somewhere in Scotland every nine minutes. (2014) Different forms of domestic abuse which include physical, psychological and financial have their roots in gender inequality and in the different power relations between men and women in society. Experiencing domestic abuse can make a woman lose all her confidence and self-esteem. They can become very isolated and find it hard to get back into society. By supporting organisations that support moving on from violence, it helps women deal with their feelings and move forward.
Building social networks
By bringing girls and women together creates support systems which are essential to help them cope. Building social networks also ties in with improving well-being and moving on from violence. 95 percent of single parents are mothers. Having a social network for women to turn to can make them feel less lonely. Also, having others who are going through or been through similar experiences is valuable in recovery.