Project information

Eliminating violence against women in Ethiopia

The project will reduce harmful traditional practices affecting women and girls in Ethiopia, where female genital mutilation and forced marriage by child abduction are widespread. Women will be given microfinance support to achieve economic independence and girls will be supported to stay in school.

Three years

Charity information: Womankind Worldwide

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  • Need


    Ethiopia is a deeply traditional society where violence against women is acceptable; 75% of women aged 15-49 years have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) causing severe pain and leading to health complications; 8% of married women have been abducted into marriage; often raped on their way to school and forced to marry the attacker; 59% of women experience sexual violence from their partner but are powerless to challenge violence as they depend economically on their perpetrators.


    In order for women to be empowered and live free from violence and harmful practices such as FGM and child abduction, they need to be economically self sufficient. Our partners Siiqqee and ICEDA work to abolish FGM and child abduction; Siiqqee runs a network of Self Help Groups and supports women to start their own businesses through microfinance. ICEDA raises awareness in schools and communities and has increased the number of girls staying in school.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce the practice of harmful traditional practices (HTP) including FGM and child abduction.


    » Negative health impacts of Harmful Traditional Practices will be communicated through self-help groups and in schools.
    » Capacity of government institutions to fight FGM will be enhanced at a local and national level.

    What success will look like

    Success will be a reduction in girls experiencing female genital mutilation.

    Aim 2

    To improve the status of women, supporting their education and social and economic empowerment.


    » Provide information on rights and health including FGM and HIV and facilitate skill building activities.
    » Distribution of set-up grants and provision of vital business training so this financial opportunity is fully realised.
    » Training community leaders and teachers to support girls to stay in school and report instances of violence to the police.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the provision of resources, advocacy, support and microfinance to 50 self-help groups.

  • Impact


    22,600 community members will also be positively influenced through this project’s activities. Initiating public debate and implementation of the law on harmful practices is imperative to its reduction long-term. Workshops, training and support for government employees and justice officials will ensure that the learning is passed on to networks at the higher decision-making level.


    Adoption of government policies that undermine access to information and civic education would make it difficult for our partners to disseminate information in the communities. Our partners will continue building relationships at the local level to ensure government departments understand their work and their impact in the communities. Rising inflation and food costs will increase the costs of implementing projects in Ethiopia. Inflation costs will be factored into budgets.


    Donors to the project will receive an annual email report on the progress and activities of the project. We aim to include case study information on some of the women who have been helped by the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,650 Support for self-help groups Community workers
      £8,226 Microfinance seed money Seed money for income generating activities
      £6,371 Community-based advocacy work Training government staff, awareness raising meetings, legal support for survivors
      £5,442 Local overheads and transport Rent, Maintenance and fuel
      £7,000 Womankind Support Programme Manager, Senior Finance Manager, Country Visit
      £5,311 Monitoring & Evaluation Monitoring, Auditing, Documentation
  • Background


    Despite achieving high economic growth in recent years, Ethiopia remains one of the poorest countries in Africa. More women die of child birth complications than anywhere in the world. Women and girls bear the brunt of poverty and gender inequality, in a society that respects traditional values, even if they are discriminatory.


    Women and girls in Ethiopia will be empowered to reclaim their rights, and live a life free from violence and harmful traditional practices.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have over 23 years of experience, supporting effective projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America that use the local understanding of women’s organisations. You can be confident that your support will be contributing to work that is enabling women to achieve real change in their lives. For example, in the district of Kembatta in Ethiopia, where we have worked for ten years with our local partner KMG, Female Genital Cutting has been reduced dramatically from 97% to just 4%.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tsitsi Matekaire

    Tsitsi Matekaire is the Programme Manager for Ethiopia at Womankind and will be overseeing our work with the partner organisations in Ethiopia.


    Siiqqee is one of Womankind's partner organisations in Ethiopia. Siiqqee will be implementing the work of the project.


    ICEDA is one of Womankind's partner organisations in Ethiopia. ICEDA will be implementing the work of the project.


will pay for a women’s self-help group

In our village we identified 20 harmful traditional practices such as abduction, rape and early marriages.

Tesfaye, community conversation group member