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On Women’s Equality Day, Recognizing Role Of Female Empowerment In Ensuring Healthier Communities

“As the CEO of WomanCare Global, a non-profit women’s health company focused on delivering high-quality health care products, I believe that empowering women by ensuring their reproductive choice is critical for women who simply want to provide a better quality of life for their children and ultimately, themselves,” Saundra Pelletier writes in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog. “Empowering girls may be the greatest strength we possess to redefine equality and fight social and economic inequities,” she states, adding, “On a global scale, an investment in female empowerment ensures healthier, wealthier and better-educated communities.” She writes, “Starting with access — to education, health care, and choice — we need to make a conscious decision to invest in women by ensuring they have the tools to invest in themselves.”

“At WomanCare Global, we are doing our crucial part to provide sustainable access to reproductive health care products in over 100 countries,” Pelletier continues, noting, “Among women and girls in developing countries, affordability, school attendance and the stigma of menstruation persist as common themes.” She writes, “WomanCare Global is committed to investing in girls in the developing world so they can achieve education and break the cycle of poverty,” adding, “This Women’s Equality Day serves as a call to action for all to ignite women and girls to become catalysts of change and a voice in their communities. … By building strength in our girls, we can mobilize the women of the world” (8/26).

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