This past month we have been celebrating International Women’s Day at Mision México. We have interviewed three of our incredible young ladies, explored the role of men in inspiring change for women, and now on Mother’s Day we turn our attention to mums.
International mum movements
The role of educated, empowered, equipped mothers in the development of their families, communities and nations is widely documented and underpins the push behind many campaigns aimed at young girls such as The Girl Effect led by Nike Foundation, in collaboration with the NoVo Foundation, United Nations Foundation and Coalition for Adolescent Girls. The idea behind many of these international movements is to “leverage the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves, their families, their communities, their countries and the world.?
The international community is united in their desire to end the suffering of women for whom motherhood has been forced upon them too early or has caused them great suffering due to a lack of access to maternal health care. Furthermore, there is a recognition that young girls who become mothers too early leave school, are unable to work or generate an income, which not only leaves themselves and their children in a hugely vulnerable position, but means they are not contributing to the economic growth of their country. In fact, in India, adolescent pregnancy results in nearly $10billion in lost potential income per year! It is also well documented that children of mothers who have been forced into motherhood too early are likely to repeat the pattern and so the cycle of poverty continues.
Pamela Skuse’s effect at Mision Mexico
At Mision México we have seen the powerful effect a strong, compassionate, loving mother can have on young girls (and boys). Pamela Skuse has become a source of inspiration, comfort and advice for all her children and her determination that they should be educated, compassionate and driven can be seen in the choices they make and the self believe they exhibit.
She is an example of how when we invest in young girls, they grow up to be well equipped mothers, who break the cycle of poverty for their children. Pam’s children have come from a wide range of backgrounds, some poor, some abusive, some neglectful. She changed their lives, with the help of our sponsors, by giving them an education and instilling in them determination, self believe, and a desire to follow their dreams. We have already seen the effect this has had on Maria, Katherine and Dulce and we can’t wait to see how they, and all the children at the refuge, change the world for themselves, their future families and their communities.
Happy Mother’s Day!
May we wish a Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers out there working hard to give their children the childhood they deserve and may we thank those investing in young girls all over the world so they may reach their full potential and inspire change in their own lives and the lives of others if they choose to become mothers. May you have a restful day surrounded by those who love you most.