CARE FOR THE COMMUNITY
Throughout its history the Council has worked independently as well as collaborated with its affiliates to create programs that fulfill its founding mission and purpose.
The 19th Century saw the beginning of the women’s movement in Seneca Falls and the end of slavery. The 20th Century saw the right to vote for women, the voters’ rights act and the worldwide movement of the UN Women’s Conferences. The 21st Century will reach further — seeking equal pay, equal access to the professions and work environments, equal access to health care, the elimination of racism, and the education for girls and women, elimination of violence against women in all its forms.
The Council and its members, supporters, sponsors and partners will continue to work together and be ever vigilant to ensure its goals and the challenge of the United Nations Millennium Goals (MDGs) are achieved. http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/
Many people in rural Ghana face a daily struggle just to get the water they need for basic human needs – drinking, cooking and washing. In most villages, fetching water is the responsibility of old women and young girls, who must rise early each morning to walk to rivers and streams which may be five to fifteen miles away. This means that older women begin their daily chores already exhausted and young girls have no time to go to school. The water in the rivers is often contaminated from other uses – bathing, laundry, watering animals and watering crops. Each day, villagers will sicken or die from drinking this water. The contaminated water spreads diseases like diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever and day in and day out, this cycle repeats itself.
The National Council of Women and its affiliates have installed more than 80 wells in the Central and Ashanti Regions of Ghana, West Africa. Some of these villages are populated mostly by women and children, with mothers supporting families of 6 to 8 children on earnings of about $2 a day.