Empowering Women. Transforming Communities.
Foxglove Project is an Australian charity working to eradicate poverty in the
Developing World by empowering women and girls to change their own lives.
A Foxglove is a plant.
It's hardy and resilient. And as it grows, it shades and protects other plants in the garden. Not only that, it's a self-sowing plant. It represents the idea of sustainability. Independence. Self-determination. And finally, one more unique quality. It contains an element that can be used medicinally to treat heart disease. It deals with the heart. The core of life. Now that is the story of the name, the whole story.
So when you see 'Foxglove Project' read: hardy, resilient, protective, sustainable and focused on the heart.
Why Women and Girls
For decades, the world has tried to address poverty. There has been a considerable focus on the poverty indicators: clean water, nutrition, shelter, health and education. And a particular emphasis on the youngest victims, the children. Recent findings are concluding that if you want to address poverty, then invest in women. At the Foxglove Project, we totally agree. Whilst women are most often the single demographic most impacted by poverty in the Developing World, they are also the best mechanism for change. They are our greatest investment in a tomorrow marked by hope, self-determination and independence.
Foxglove focuses all of its energy into first helping women and girls for three reasons.
1. THE INEQUITY FACTOR
In everyday life, this saying rings true, ‘Women hold up half the sky’. But in many Developing World countries, women and girls are the most persecuted members of the community. In 2017, the trafficking of women for sexual exploitation was the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. The incidence of domestic violence against women, limited gains in maternal health, and depressingly low levels of access to global assets and resources, confirm a rising gender inequity. When you add the overwhelming lack of representation of women in positions of power, then the need to prioritise women and girl projects is both valid and unsurprising.
2. THE GENEROSITY FACTOR
For every dollar that a woman receives, she will share 80 cents with those about her. Not just extended family but neighbours and community. It means that any gains experienced by women are shared gains. Everyone benefits. And this not only improves the living conditions of others but raises their hopes and aspirations that life can be better.
3. THE EFFECTIVENESS FACTOR
When a woman makes her way out of poverty, she takes five to nine others with her It’s a startling statistic. For the most part, it’s a reflection of the integral importance of women to the progress and provision of her family and community. A woman will give all that she has to make sure her children get a better chance at life. And she will work every dollar and every opportunity to see how it can provide that chance against all odds. At heart, she’s a believer. Driven by hard work and desperation to make something out of nothing.