Project information

Ethiopia: End violence against women and girls

With our local partners we will reduce violence against women, including FGM and forced marriage, in Ethiopia, where such practices are widespread. Our partners will provide care, shelter and support for women survivors and they will work with communities to change attitudes and prevent violence.

April 2014 - March 2016

Charity information: Womankind Worldwide

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  • Need


    In Ethiopia violence against women and girls, including female genital mutilation, is widespread. 49% of women experience physical violence and 59% sexual violence from their partners at least once. Three quarters of women aged 15-49 years have undergone FGM and nearly 8% of married women were forced to marry. Women and girls have little or no support to help them overcome the consequences of violence and are usually dependent on their husbands’ income so cannot leave violent relationships.


    In order for women to live free from violence they need to know their rights, have support systems in place and have an income of their own. Our partner AWSAD provides emergency shelter, medical care, counselling and legal support, as well as literacy and skills classes. Our partner Siiqqee raises awareness of women’s rights through community conversations and self-help groups, which also provide opportunities for small loans and savings clubs to enable the women to earn a living.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Women survivors of violence will be better able to rebuild their lives and live free from violence.


    » Immediate safe house services – shelter, food, medical care, empowerment sessions, legal support and transport to court hearings
    » Self-defence and empowerment sessions
    » Self-help groups provide emotional support and confidence through women sharing their experiences and supporting each other

    What success will look like

    240 women and girl survivors have increased capacity to rebuild their lives and live free from violence
    41,000 family members know how to prevent/report violence

    Aim 2

    Women have more support from the community, which will prevent violence and take action.


    » Train community facilitators to hold meetings
    » Identify and train local leaders and community members
    » Follow on meetings with leaders and community members to assess progress and decide how to improve community responses
    » Training for local government organisations to fight harmful practices like FGM and forced marriage

    What success will look like

    40 local leaders and 800 community members trained on women’s rights and preventing and reporting violence
    28,000 family members of local leaders and community members also aware

    Aim 3

    Increased skills and capacity so women can be economically self-sufficient


    » Self-help groups provide opportunities for savings clubs and small loans
    » Basic literacy training
    » Skills training, e.g. embroidery, catering
    » Business skills training, e.g. accounting, leadership and business management

    What success will look like

    75 self-help groups set up
    Skills training and resources for 1275 members of self-help groups

  • Impact


    Continued reduction of violence against women and girls in the communities targeted. Our partners will measure this by reporting the number of cases brought to local leaders/police.
    Sustained change in attitudes towards violence against women and harmful practices. This will be deemed successful if the communities continue to meet and well-equipped anti-FGM groups continue to run.
    The women are supported and continue to be economically self-sufficient. Self-help groups become self-sustaining


    As more women become aware of their rights the AWSAD safe house may see a rise in the number of women needing to stay. In order to reduce demand AWSAD will work with other organisations to provide services, e.g. Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association, health centres, the police and women’s affairs offices. Also, government policy might make it difficult to disseminate information in communities. Our partners are building relationships at local government so they understand their work.


    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: £229,415

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      Amount Heading Description
      £28,707 Awareness raising Community meetings and training local leaders on women's rights
      £83,545 Emergency support Women in the safe house receive food, childcare, legal officer, transport and self defence classes
      £55,865 Self-help groups Set up and maintain 75 groups and give members business skills, job training and literacy classes
      £23,760 Siiqqee running costs Vehicle for project staff, fuel and office supplies
      £12,686 AWSAD running costs Staff salaries and office supplies
      £24,852 Project management Project set-up and management, support and monitoring and evaluation
  • Background


    Ethiopia has high economic growth but progress is fragmented and women and girls are often discriminated against. Gender inequality is widespread in a society that respects traditional values, even if they are discriminatory. The minimum age of marriage is 18 and violence against women and girls is illegal, but it's still common, as is early forced marriage. Discriminatory traditional practices entrench women's subordination and limit their capacity to access justice.


    Women and girls who have experienced violence will be supported to rebuild their lives, gain skills and confidence and live free from violence in the future.

    All women and girls in the communities targeted will be at reduced risk of violence and harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation and forced marriage.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have 25 years of experience, supporting effective, locally-run projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. 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 12 years with our local partner KMG, female genital mutilation has been reduced dramatically from 97% to just 4%.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tsitsi Maketaire

    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.


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

Women's rights should be respected

Women's rights should be respected