Welcome to a movement that is uniting, empowering and emboldening compassionate people; a movement connecting education and action.
The Acacia Movement is on a mission to create a world of united and empowered people fighting for equality for women by increasing awareness of injustice, facilitating understanding relationships, and sharing opportunities for redemptive action. We envision a world where citizens of the Global North, both women and men, fight as passionately for the rights of women in the Global South as they do for women in their own context.
We do this through educational workshops on issues women in the Global South face, dissemination of action opportunities, motivational stories and educational resources, facilitation of global partnerships and organizational consultations.
Why are we here?
- About 2/3 of the world’s illiterate are women
- On average, women globally only earn between 65-70% of a man’s salary
- 80% of all human trafficking victims are women
- At least 200 million women alive today have undergone Female Genital Mutilation
- Overwhelming international evidence shows that when women handle household finances their families benefit on a far deeper level
- Additional evidence shows that female-run businesses in the Global South use capital better, generate higher income and lead to greater employment opportunities for community members
The playing field is not yet equal. We are here because we believe in a feminist ethic that extends beyond all borders and rallies for the rights of women in the Global South who are experiencing a complex and tragic system of oppression.
In Africa, Australia, the Middle East and other parts of the world a remarkable tree flourishes with its unstoppable strength; the Acacia tree. The Acacia tree can grow in the most challenging of environments, where land is dry, arid and lifeless. Amongst desolation, its growth adds life and nutrients back into the soil around it, allowing new life to spring up where otherwise it could not. In times of drought, when others fail, it will continue to grow and provide food for livestock, and shelter for nearby animals. Additionally, acacia wood and its resin are incredibly versatile, with uses ranging from medicine, preservation, construction, and leather dying.
There is simply no stopping the Acacia tree. When all seems hopeless, she will flourish and grow and give life to all around her. We believe that every women, given access to education, adequate healthcare and the right opportunities, has the potential to be an Acacia tree.
Join us for #AcaciaWomenWednesdays as we celebrate beautiful, strong and empowered women around the world on our blog.
As a movement striving to empower people in the fight towards redemptive action for women, we have chosen to take the following approaches. If any of these are of interest to you or your organization, please fill out the contact form below to get in touch.
-Jodie in Toronto, Canada
The Acacia Movement offers educational workshops that educate listeners on the 6 Areas of Inequality that Women in the Global South face. Through interactive teaching, guided discussion, and story sharing we discuss not only the issues, but the work being done to combat those issues and how listeners can support this work. We tailor our workshops for a wide range of ages and needs.
Organizational Consultation and Support
Does your organization have a desire to extend into the realm of supporting women with vulnerabilities but lacks the knowledge and capacity? Do you want to educate your donors on the issues women in the Global South face to bolster funding towards women-centered projects? With our breadth of knowledge surrounding issues faced by Women in the Global South, we are happy to help supplement the work being done by non-profit organizations that also seek to empower women.
We do this through…
- Information sharing with your organization
- Donor Education Services to increase your donor bases knowledge about women’s issues
- Consultations and other forms of support
Please contact us to start the discussion.