Project information

End violence against women and girls in Ethiopia

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

April 2015 - March 2017

Charity information: Womankind Worldwide

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  • Need


    In Ethiopia violence against women and girls and harmful practices, such as FGM, are widespread. 49% of women experience physical violence and 59% sexual violence from a partner at least once in their lifetime. Three quarters of women between 15-49 years have undergone FGM and nearly 8% of married women were forcibly abducted into marriage. Women and girls have little or no support to help them overcome the consequences of this violence and women are usually dependent on th


    So women can 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 and skills and literacy training to enable the women

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Women survivors will be in better positions to rebuild their lives and live free from violence


    » Immediate safe house services – shelter, food, medical care, personal items and empowerment sessions.
    » Self-help groups provide emotional support and confidence through women sharing their experiences and supporting each other.

    50 women are provided for in the safe house for one year (food, medical care and personal items). 50 women in the safe house receive skills training. 30 self help groups set up.

    Aim 2

    Women have increased support from the community, which will work to prevent violence and take act.


    » Train community leaders, students and teachers on violence against women and how to act if they/someone they know experiences violence.
    » Train police officers on how to support women who have experienced violence.
    » Run community awareness sessions with men and women.

    5000 female and 5000 male members of communities aware of women’s rights. 400 students, 40 teachers, 60 police officers and 60 community leaders trained on violence against women.

    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.

    60 self-help group leaders trained on credit schemes and co-operative management. 600 members of self-help groups trained on business skills. Adult literacy classes.

  • Impact


    1.Continued reduction of violence against women and girls in the communities targeted. Our partners will measure this through reporting the number of cases brought to local leaders/police and interviews with women.
    2.Sustained change in attitudes towards violence against women and harmful practices. This will be measured through community interviews.
    3.The women are supported and continue to be economically self-sufficient. The aim of the self-help groups is for them to become self-sustaini


    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 support all the women who need help AWSAD will work with other organisations to provide services, e.g. Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association, health centres, the police and women’s affairs offices.


    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: £133,640

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,689 Raising awareness Community meetings for 5000 women, 5000 men. Train community leaders, students and local government
      £13,233 Social & economic empowerment 30 new self help groups, 600 new member training & 60 leaders trained
      £34,079 Women rebuild their lives Adult literacy classes, business development training for 600 self help group members
      £47,474 Women live free from violence Safe house (rent, bills, food, medical supplies), skills training for 50 women in safe house
      £8,166 Women receive better support Train students, teachers and community leaders on how to support women survivors of violence
      £18,000 Admin and support Project support, monitoring and evaluation

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Victoria Gomez £17,333 Guaranteed
    Suter Charitable Trust £4,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Despite achieving high economic growth in recent years, progress in Ethiopia is fragmented and women and girls are commonly discriminated against. They bear the brunt of poverty and gender inequality, in a society with some discriminatory traditional values. Despite the Ethiopian government raising the minimum age of marriage to 18 years and criminalising violence against women and girls, they still have limited protection because discriminatory traditional practices entre


    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 26 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.


    Laura Brown

    Laura Brown 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.


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

Women in a self help group

Women in a self help group


Woman & children stay in safe house for 1 month