Women and girls' advancement

When the history of African development is written, it will be clear that a turning point involved the empowerment of woman.

- Sheryl Wudunn
Our aim. To open up equal education and earning opportunities so women and girls can reach their full potential and rise above gender inequality in Ethiopia. 

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The challenge today

Throughout their lives Ethiopian women are faced with barriers which stop them from reaching their full potential. Barriers like child marriage, scarce maternal healthcare and gender-based violence. Barriers which add up to a lifetime of gender inequality. 

Because of this, women and girls are most at risk of poverty in Ethiopia. Two in five girls miss out on school because they have no way to manage their menstrual hygiene. Many women then lose the chance to earn an independent income and contribute to their community’s development. And when a woman lives in poverty, her family and the next generation are far more likely to live in poverty too.

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The solution you can be part of

Did you know that when you lift a woman out of poverty, you’re helping lift up the community around her too? Experience shows that when a woman can access health, education and income, she invests this back into her family and helps bring about positive change in her community. Here’s how our project partners are making this happen:

  • Putting an end to period shaming and helping girls stay in school through reusable sanitary packs, puberty information booklets and school workshops

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  • Ensuring vulnerable young women are equipped for an independent future through high school/university sponsorships and vital training in reproductive health

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  • Equipping single mothers with the means to provide for their families and contribute to society through agricultural training in sheep, vegetable and bee farming

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  • Setting up women’s savings groups which train women in financial literacy, provide access to finance, help them find work or start a business and help them develop leadership skills


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See the solution in action

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The impact you can have

“The sheep is the most important thing for me, it has helped my family so much.”
Agricultural training helped Mare lift her family out of poverty and address the gender inequality in Ethiopia she was facing

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A single mother living on the outskirts of Gondar city, Mare struggled to feed her five kids, let alone send them to school or pay for medication. One day, Mare heard about project partners Yenege Tesfa who have a growing reputation in northern Ethiopia. She signed up to their agricultural program where she learnt how to tend sheep, grow her own vegetables and sell them for profit at market.

One year later, not only can Mare afford food, medication and schooling for her family, she also has some savings set aside and is hard at work to improve her family’s future: “I want to improve the number of my sheep and the quality of them. I would like to add more chickens as well.”

When you help lift one woman like Mare out of poverty, you make a difference in more than one person's life. 

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Meet your project partners   

> Dignity Period

Dignity Period helps Ethiopian girls stay in school by providing the sanitary supplies and information they need to manage menstruation discreetly. Without their intervention school dropout rates for girls are as high as 51% (over 20% higher than that for boys), severely restricting girls' future opportunities.

Dignity Period works across the regions of Afar and Tigray, distributing locally-made, reusable sanitary pads and hygiene kits to girls in school, and also providing educational booklets to both girls and boys which help dispel myths and reduce the stigma behind menstruation.

Dignity Period

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> Yenege Tesfa

Meaning ‘Hope for Tomorrow’, Yenege Tesfa stands alongside some of the most marginalised groups in society; orphans, street children, single mothers and people living with illness or disability.

They offer group homes for homeless children, run mobile street schools so those on the street can still learn and sponsor students from destitute homes with all their school supplies. Alongside education assistance, Yenege Tesfa also fund hundreds of coupons for free medical services each year and run agricultural programs for single mothers so they can provide for themselves and their families.

Yenege Tesfa

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Established in 1985, the Jerusalem Children & Community Development Organisation (JeCCDO) are committed to the wellbeing and protection of children.

They follow a child and community-based approach where they first provide access to basic services such as education, health, water, sanitation and hygiene, then improve an orphaned or vulnerable child’s ability to lead an independent life, before finally working to improve the quality of living for the wider family or community. In this way, both children and community can grow together for a future free from poverty.

Jerusalem Children & Community Development Organisation

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