Gender & Women Empowerment

/Gender & Women Empowerment
Gender & Women Empowerment 2019-07-30T13:16:49+03:00

Women Empowerment is a matter of Gender mainstreaming, Establishing equality between women and men is vital to unleashing the power of families and communities to transform their lives for the better — however in  Africa, women, men, boys and girls experience disproportionate access to resources, exposure to risks and control of their futures. So, with every programme we put into action we consider the needs of both genders, evaluate the dynamics between them and work to empower those most at risk.

We focus, especially, on helping women and girls find their equal voice in the places where they have fewer rights, because we know that strong women equal strong families — and strong communities. 

In many places around the world, females have unequal access to important resources like information, money, school, jobs and land. And they are oftentimes not allowed to make decisions for themselves or their families, like who they will marry, how many children they will have, how they will spend their time or how to spend household income. And with fewer skills and tools at their disposal, women and girls also end up being some of the most vulnerable when crises like war and natural disaster strike.

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Obstacles to overcome The challenges that girls and women face vary widely from culture to culture, but one theme is prevalent: Unequal access to opportunities that give them an independent, productive place in their communities.

Why focus on women and girls?

Women and girls can be catalysts for incredible, positive change. But, traditional gender roles, certain cultural beliefs and few opportunities often keep them from reaching their full potential.

While research shows that educated women are less likely to marry early and more likely to have healthy, educated children, girls still face great — and, sometimes, insurmountable — barriers to education, including poverty, inadequate sanitation facilities, gender-based violence, social norms that favour boys’ education and early marriage.

According to UNICEF, one-third of girls in the developing world are married before the age of 18, and one-third of women in the developing world give birth before the age of 20.

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And women and girls bear the brunt of the responsibility for unpaid housework, too, often having to forego earning an education or an income to care for family members, complete home chores and cook meals.

Globally, women spend up to 10 times more time per day caring for children and the elderly than men do, and up to three hours more per day doing housework. In sub-Saharan Africa, women devote at least 16 million hours a day — 5.8 billion hours a year — just to collecting drinking water.

But what if women and girls had the same opportunities as men and boys?

Did you know?

  • A 10 percent increase in girls attending school can increase a developing country’s GDP by 5 percent, and an increase in female workers results in faster economic growth
  • Children born to a literate mother are 50 percent more likely to live past the age of 5
  • If female farmers had equal resources to male farmers, they could feed 150 million hungry people
  • Women’s involvement in peace agreements increases the likelihood of them holding at least 2 years by 20 percent

Our work

Throughout our programming, we partner with communities to build gender equality, and work to support the drive and resourcefulness of women and girls.

Women and girls also face more hurdles in building fruitful, stable livelihoods: While nearly half the world’s farmers are women, only 20 percent of landholders are. Female farmers also have less access to tools, seeds, fertilizers and financing.