"Women's equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women's Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action."
Every year, International Women's Day is held on March 8th to celebrate the achievements of women throughout the world. This event is now in its 103rd year, as the first International Women's Day was held in 1911. Every year the UN declares a theme and the 2014 theme is "Inspiring Change."
In thinking about how far equality for women has come, we can't help but think about the change that is still needed and this includes improvements in women's health. Women in the Upper West Region of Ghana currently face the risk of cervical cancer without having the option of treatment nearby. These women must currently travel to the southern part of the country, up to 700km away, to receive treatment for cervical cancer. And cervical cervical cancer is the most common form of cancer among women in Ghana. By establishing a cervical cancer screening and treatment program in Wa, centrally located in the Upper West Region, we will be able to help prevent cases of cervical cancer and offer treatment options to women already affected. We are fundraising for the cost of the equipment and supplies needed to establish this program. Once these supplies are purchased, regular screening for cervical cancer will be incorporated into the existing health care system and provided at several hospitals and health centers throughout the Upper West Region. The Wa Regional Hospital will also have the ability to provide treatment for women suffering from cervical cancer. Cervical cancer can be easily treated when caught early. By providing regular screening throughout the region and offering accessible cervical care and treatment, we hope to both prevent cases of cervical cancer and catch them in the early stages where they can be easily treated. Consider making a donation today to celebrate women around the world and save the lives of women in Ghana.
You can read more about our project and make a donation here: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/prevent-cancer-for-women-in-ghana/
Find out more about International Women's Day and the different events going on around the world here: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/theme.asp