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Celebrating International Women’s Day

USA Reported by Convoy of Hope

Convoy of Hope is joining the world in celebrating women today at its annual International Women’s Day Luncheon. Honored guest Demi-Leigh Tebow will be speaking to the crowd.

The sold-out event is benefiting Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment initiative. Attendees will learn about Convoy’s work, have the chance to participate in a silent auction, pack care kits, and discover ways they can give back to empower women around the world.

Mrs. Tebow, a model, businesswoman, social influencer, and philanthropist, was crowned Miss South Africa and Miss Universe in 2017. After surviving a horrific attempted hijacking, Demi started the “Unbreakable” Campaign during her Miss South Africa reign. The campaign aims to educate, uplift, and empower women all over the world. Demi, alongside her husband, Tim, has joined the fight against human trafficking.

In 2021, Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment program had more than 35,300 women and girls in 16 different countries. The program has served more than 64,000 people since it began in 2010. 

Convoy partners with women to create a customized and holistic strategy to fit their needs. Focus areas include: 

  • Economic Empowerment – Convoy of Hope equips women to start and successfully operate their own businesses through financial education, vocational training, cooperative savings groups, and providing startup capital (not a loan).
  • Family Health Empowerment – Convoy of Hope trains and educates women, including expectant mothers, in early childhood development, nutrition, health, hygiene, literacy, cooking, and even small-scale agriculture.
  • Girls’ Empowerment – Girls in these groups develop life skills and learn about culturally relevant issues, such as general health, nutrition, emotional health, positive decision-making, self-esteem, gender-based violence, harmful beliefs and practices, and menstrual health and hygiene.

While International Women’s Day gives the world a reason to celebrate women, Convoy is committed to empowering women every single day of the year. “This is an opportunity for the women of the Ozarks to come together as a community and celebrate the impact we are making locally and internationally,” says Doree Donaldson, Convoy of Hope’s Vice President of Convoy:Women.

Click here to learn more about Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment program.

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