MWIA is the Australian and international development organisation of the Loreto Sisters.

Our Mission

To support the development works associated with the Loreto Sisters and their colleagues as they empower women in transforming structures and systems that keep them oppressed and marginalised.

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  • The Philippines
    Statistics
    Population
    104.9 Million 
    Socio-Economic Facts
    • 22 million Filipinos live below the national poverty line
    • Poverty declined from 26.6% in 2006 to 21.6% in 2015, due to the expansion of jobs outside the agricultural sector
    • The poorest households are those dependent on agriculture as their main source of income, living in areas prone to disasters or conflict
  • Peru
    Statistics
    Population
    32.17 million 
    Socio-Economic Facts
    • Some 6.9 million Peruvians now live in poverty, 44 percent of whom are in rural Peru
    • Peru’s poverty rate increased in 2017 for the first time since 2001, rising one percentage point to 21.7%
    • Peru is one of the countries with the highest indicators of violence based on gender in Latin America. Between 2009 and 2015, 795 Peruvian women were victims of femicide, mostly perpetrated by their partners
  • South Sudan
    Statistics
    Population
    12.58 million
    Socio-Economic Facts
    • The poverty headcount jumped from 51% to 82% between 2009 and 2016, resulting in the majority of the population living under $1.90 per day
    • Decades of conflict have had a devastating impact on the national education system. South Sudan has one of the lowest literacy rates in Africa, only 4 out of 10 people are able to read
    • More than 85% of the population reside in rural areas with very poor amenities
    • Little economic activity is conducted outside of the agricultural sector. Farming is the primary source of livelihood for more than 8 out of 10 households
  • Kenya
    Statistics
    Population
    49.7 million
    Socio-Economic Facts
    • 36.1% of the population are in extreme poverty, living on less than $1.90 a day
    • Only 14% of adults aged 25 and older have completed secondary school, this falls below other countries with comparable poverty rates
    • Nearly one out of five (about 19%) of children under five years old are stunted in Kenya
  • Australia
    Statistics
    Population
    24.6 million
    Socio-Economic Facts
    • 38 % of indigenous job-seekers do not complete Year 12
    • 43 % of indigenous Year 4 students fall beneath the low benchmark for reading
    • 59 % of the Australian youth detention population is Indigenous
  • Timor-Leste
    Statistics
    Population
    1.296 Million
    Socio-Economic Facts
    • 30.3% of the population are in extreme poverty, living on less than $1.90 a day
    • East Timor continues to be one of the world’s poorest countries. It is ranked 147 out of 187 countries in the UN’s Human Development Index
    • 50.2% of children under five are stunted
  • Vietnam
    Statistics
    Population
    95.54 Million
    Socio-Economic Facts
    • The poverty headcount fell from nearly 60% to 20.7% in the past 20 years
    • Ethnic minorities, many of them living in highland areas, account for 72% of Vietnam’s poor
    • Women’s economic empowerment has improved over the past decade
    • Women’s labor force participation rate is within 10% of that of men, a smaller gap than that found in most other countries
    • Primary and junior secondary school net enrolment rates are practically equal for boys and girls. There are more female students attending school, than male, at the upper secondary and tertiary education levels
  • India
    Statistics
    Population
    1.352 billion
    Socio-Economic Facts
    • Nearly 40% of children under 5 have stunted growth
    • 176 million people are in extreme poverty, living on less than $1.90 a day
  • Zambia
    Statistics
    Population
    17.09 million
    Socio-Economic Facts
    • Malnutrition is amongst the highest in the world: 40% of children under 5 have stunted growth
    • 58% of the population are in extreme poverty, living on less than $1.90 a day, compared to 41% across Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Three quarters of the country’s poorest citizens live in rural areas

Our Vision

A world where there are equal rights for women and children and shared opportunity for all.

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