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The foundation, of a cultural and welfare nature, aims to carry out any activity and grant aid that contributes preferentially to the promotion of women during the various stages of their lives, supporting their human, educational, cultural and professional education in all its aspects and in its broadest sense, both in Catalonia and through development cooperation projects.
Human rights. All our actions, especially in the field of Development Cooperation, are aimed at the promotion and protection of human rights, and are guided by the basic principles that define them, namely: universality, non-discrimination and equality, participation, interdependence of rights and responsibility. We focus our work on processes rather than objectives, trying to emphasize participation and provide a coherent framework that reinforces good practices and gives legitimacy to development interventions. We activate responsibility, as rights imply duties and duties require responsibility. And we are aware of the interest in implementing analysis tools that affect structural causes and the identification of subjects of obligations and subjects of rights, as well as the promotion of strategies based on the construction of local capacities and participation.
Education is the basis for improving our lives and sustainable development. In addition to improving people's quality of life, access to inclusive and equitable education can provide local people with the tools they need to develop innovative solutions to the problems they face.
Currently, more than 265 million children are out of school and 22% of them are of primary school age. Likewise, children who attend school do not have the basic knowledge of reading and arithmetic. Reasons for the lack of quality education are the shortage of trained teachers, the poor conditions of schools in many parts of the world and equity issues related to the opportunities that boys and girls in rural areas have. In order to provide quality education to children from impoverished families, it is necessary to invest in educational grants, teacher training workshops, school construction and improved access to water and electricity in schools.
As part of our goals we work to ensure a healthy life and promote universal well-being. However, in many places where we work, we face serious health risks, such as high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality, the spread of infectious and non-communicable diseases, some of which are completely neglected.
In recent decades, great strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the most common causes of death related to infant and maternal mortality, but there is still room for improvement. much to improve, for example with regard to qualified assistance in the parties. That is why we try to provide more efficient financing of health systems, improve sanitation and hygiene, increase access to medical services and provide more advice on how to reduce environmental pollution.
Women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in all parts of the world.
Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but the necessary basis for achieving a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. If equality is facilitated for women and girls in access to education, medical care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes, sustainable economies and societies and humanity as a whole will benefit at the same time. Establishing new legal frameworks on gender equality in the workplace and eradicating harmful practices against women is crucial to ending the gender-based discrimination that prevails in many countries around the world.
Our projects and activities are aimed at involving young people, which is to make them aware that they are building their own future through civic, economic, social, cultural and political participation that must necessarily be meaningful. We try to do this by actively involving them, strengthening the role of youth organizations and other work organizers in the field of youth, as well as encouraging the development of citizen skills, through education for citizenship, democratic participation and learning strategies.
We aim to connect, which means creating awareness that relationships and the exchange of experiences are a crucial asset for solidarity and future development. And it is our goal to share best practices and continue working on effective systems for the validation and recognition of skills and competences acquired through non-formal and informal learning, in particular through solidarity and volunteering activities.
At the same time, empowering means encouraging them to take control of their lives. Today young people from all countries and regions face various challenges and working with young people in all their forms can serve as a catalyst for training.