When women combine efforts to combat the specific problem, they are likely to make a significant change. When it comes to social and economic issues, active engagement of individuals in local community decision-making process is frequently more effective than heavy-footed international programs. Empowering women on regional level is a key not only to the well-being of individuals, families, and close-knit communities, but also to overall productivity and inclusive economic growth.
We have met Vanda Gagiano, the Honorary President of Free State Women Agricultural Union
, who has made a lot to bolster the progress of her local community. For lack of a better description, Vanda Gagiano is a real role model for those who want to help and improve: with support of her husband Jan Gagiano, Vanda is successfully running the numerous programs helping physically disadvantaged, elderly people, women and children. As a result of FSWAU actions many schoolchildren were provided with meals, many special houses for children of unemployed parents were created and many low-income families were provided with clothes.