Walking in solidarity

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Walking in solidarity Walking in solidarity

I'm marking International Women's Day (March 8) by committing to walk 10,000 steps a day for a week, in solidarity with women worldwide. I will be joining hundreds of women across the UK taking part in CARE International's 'Walk In Her Shoes' campaign.

Across the world, women bear the brunt of poverty, vulnerability and domestic drudgery. In countless countries it is still common for women and girls to have to spend their days doing backbreaking work like walking miles for water instead of attending school or paid work, trapping generations of girls in the cycle of poverty and preventing them from fulfilling their potential.

By walking I will be raising funds for CARE's work - including providing clean water to poor communities - so women and girls can spend their days living, learning and earning instead of making gruelling journeys for water, simply to survive.

I'd like to encourage readers of the Guardian to 'walk in her shoes' too. Please visit www.careinternational.org.uk/walk and join in.

Victoria Love, Hatherley Road, Walthamstow


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