Imagine having to choose between shelter, food or medical care for your family. The reality is, that is not a “what if” scenario for 1 in 6 families in the U.S. – nearly 31% of women-led households with children are living below the poverty level.
During Habitat for Humanity’s International Women Build Week (March 1-8), women across the globe not only raised hammers to build, but they also raised awareness about the housing issues facing women and their families. The annual weeklong event, leading up to International Women’s Day, united approximately 6,000 women volunteers in more than 235 communities in the U.S., Canada, and India. Habitat’s Women Build program, in partnership with Lowe’s, aimed to build and repair nearly 540 homes alongside low-income families, while empowering women with home repair skills to highlight and positively impact the need for safe and affordable housing.
This campaign isn’t just on the ground. People from around the world are encouraged to share inspirational stories, meaningful experiences and ways to positively impact communities or build each other up on social media using #BuildHer.
For more information about the Women Build program, go to: www.habitat.org/womenbuild