Women and girls often face discrimination, gender-based violence, exploitation, trafficking, child marriage and other harmful traditional practices that not only threaten their health and livelihood, but also compromise the well-being and opportunities of the next generation.
ETHIOPIAID'S AIM: To educate men, women and children about the dangers associated with discrimination, gender-based violence, child marriage and other harmful traditional practices.
We have partnered with local organisation Association for Women's Sanctuary and Development (AWSAD) to provide a refuge for women who are victims of domestic violence and discrimination, harmful traditional practices and exploitation. They offer a safe refuge for girls who often have no one else to turn to.
The women and children receive shelter, food, counselling, medical services and legal aid. This is the first step in a holistic rehabilitation service.
Professional Skill Development
At the safe houses women engage in basic literacy education and skills training so that they are in the best position to secure employment and generate their own income when they leave the safe house.
AWSAD delivers training to community and government institutions such as primary schools and police officers to enhance their capacity of providing quality services to victims of gender based violence and exploitation of women.
- In the last 6 months of 2017, AWSAD has supported 160 women and 73 of their children survivors of violence through safe house services.
- AWSAD also supported 17 young women at the safe house. They are continuing to pursue their formal studies in primary, secondary and higher education.
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