CESO 2017-18 Annual Report Now Available

by ahnationtalk on September 21, 2018787 Views

CESO 2017-18 Annual Report Now Available

Together We Thrive

Dear Friends and Partners,

Last year marked CESO’s 50th anniversary – a time of celebration and reflection. Looking back, we see that our raison d’etre remains as relevant as the day the organization was founded. More than ever, we need to strengthen economies to create the conditions for inclusive and sustain-able development — both economic and social. Together with our clients, partners and Volunteer Advisors, we empower individuals to build their own long-term prosperity.

CESO carefully allocates its resources for maximum impact. Entrepreneurs of small and medium-sized businesses are key drivers for any economy. Women, in particular, play a unique role in building the foundation for significant change in their families and communities, as well as in the broader economy. And when both parents work, their children eat more regularly and can go to school for longer, developing the skills they need to contribute to the economy.

We’re proud of the work we’re doing around gender equality. Academics and practitioners of international development agree that this issue has exponential impact — whether that means women having a political voice, economic freedom, the right to own property, or agency over their bodies and freedom from violence. However, the complexity of gender equality should not be underestimated. Gender equality doesn’t mean leaving men and boys out. It does mean having a nuanced understanding of what all — women and girls, men and boys — need to achieve equality. Regardless of gender, every individual must have access to the same rights, resources, opportunities and protections.

Never have women’s voices been louder and clearer than this year. Women around the world are taking to the streets and the media to demand equality and denounce abuse in the workplace, in the boardroom, on movie sets and everywhere they are. Women are exposing the injustices that victimized them. What was once whispered in shame is now a force to be reckoned with.

These mothers, grandmothers and daughters are speaking on behalf of those who still cannot speak for themselves. And for those who are still unheard.

The world as we know it is changing. We are confident that together, as our programs continue to expand and reach more individuals, we can play a part in continuing to bring more dignity and prosperity to all.

Wendy Harris, CPA, CA

Martine Normand

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