Women's World Summit Foundation


Spring 2006
Issue nr. 3


Elly Pradervand
Laure Maitrejean

An international NGO network for the implementation of women’s and children’s rights
and the Millennium
Development Goals

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WWSF Prize for women’s creativity in rural life

We have received many nominations and are in the process of selecting about
15 - 20 winners for 2006. Laureates will be announced early September. WWSF is also preparing an Exhibit of more than 300 Laureates awarded since 1994 to be inaugurated on 15 October – World Rural Women’s Day. To read about past Laureates, visit http://www.woman.ch/women/1-laureates.asp?lg=1



World Rural Women’s Day – 15 October 2006

A WWSF global awareness campaign to increase knowledge and empowerment

The 2006 OPEN LETTER to rural women of the world is in preparation and will be made available in our next e-News and on our web site. To read about past Open Letters, visit: http://www.woman.ch/women/2-poster.asp?lg=1

WWSF launches ‘Mali Sheep Project’

A new way of making gifts - to help reach the UN Millennium Development Goals MDGs*

WWSF invites you to participate in the creation of a new culture of partnership gift making by buying in the name of your loved ones, friends, colleagues, associates or employees, a sheep for a rural woman in Mali to raise and sell with a profit to allow two meals per day for her family. For more information, contact wwsf.@wwsf.ch or visit www.woman.ch.
In Mali, 75% of the population lives on less than 1 $ per day.

* The UN Millennium Development Goals package

holds an unprecedented promise for sustaining development, eradicating poverty, and improving the human condition and environment. The goals stand apart from other international targets, especially because of their synergy and interdependence. Progress on one goal brings you closer to progress on others. www.un.org/millenniumgoals

MDG Goal 1 – Poverty eradication

One fifth of the world’s population lives in extreme poverty, while 800 million people are chronically hungry.
If poor countries are to have any chance of realizing the first seven goals, rich countries must deliver – well in advance of 2015 – on their commitments.

MDG Goal 8 - Global partnership for development

More, and more effective, aid is essential if poor countries are to reach a self-sustaining path towards achieving the goals. At least an additional $ 50 billion per year is needed and the UNDP estimates that the total costs range from $ 50 to 100 billion for meeting the water supply goal and $ 23 billion to $ 42 billion for sanitation between 2001 and 2015.

"Knowing is not enough, we must apply.
Willing is not enough, we must do."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe