PROMOTING THE EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN
Our commitment towards gender equality involves integrated actions aimed at empowering women throughout Tigray. It stems from the recognition of the various dimensions of women’s poverty and responds with a holistic approach of complementary interventions, integrating economic empowerment with access to reproductive health, literacy and behavioral change at community level. Women participating in our program are targeted by all the intervention areas, which results in all-rounded improvement in their lives.
Despite improvements in the well being of women and girls, experiences of poverty and vulnerability in Tigray remain highly gendered. Women constitute 60 percent of the region’s chronic food insecure, 62 percent of illiterate persons, and suffer the most from malnutrition, with more than 34 percent reported as underweight. These disparities have come about because women have less access and control over productive resources (including land, water, financial capital, information and technologies), and they experience time poverty due to the unequal distribution of household tasks such as collecting water and fuel wood – tasks that are becoming more difficult as a result of climate change, depleted forest resources and water scarcity. Cultural norms and practices, limited access to education, and low self-confidence, are compounding factors that continue to inhibit women’s ability to influence decision-making at the household and community level. Collectively these inequities undermine women’s access to productive resources, and by extension act to reduce household and community resilience, and food security overall. Redressing these structural and cultural barriers to women’s equality and empowerment is the central focus of our work.
Our work strategically targeted vulnerable Women Headed
Households and female youths affected by a variety of physical,
economic and social access constraints, by:
- Improving access to livelihood strategies, income and
- Reducing women’s work burden;
- Creating access to skills knowledge and capacity;
- Promoting gender equality within REST