Louise de Marillac was a great believer in helping disadvantaged women. For example, she opened a school for young girls in France, girls who would otherwise have been forced to beg or to be prostitutes. The Daughters of Charity have of course drawn inspiration from this and one of their greatest aims in Ethiopia is to redress the gender disparity present in Ethiopian society. Being so well intertwined in local communities means the challenges are well understood and the various projects undertaken by the Daughters reflect this. The Daughters believe that when women have become equal to men within society, the whole of the country will reap the rewards and part of their mission will be achieved.