SSDO

Partnership for Advancing Women Empowerment in Development

Achieving women's economic empowerment through advocacy and capacity building

Introduction

Women in South Eastern Nigeria face many hurdles in their quest for economic empowerment. They contend with gender-discriminatory cultural practices and social norms, unpaid domestic labour, and low access to capital. These and other constraints keep women poor and financially dependent on their male counterparts.

The development Research and Projects Centre (dRPC) has partnered with South Saharan Social Development Organization (SSDO) to form the Partnership for Advancing Women in Economic Development (PAWED).

Project objectives

To strengthen the capacity of women’s economic collectives in Enugu state to be able to conduct high-impact, evidence-informed advocacy to improve the livelihood of economically active women and girls in the state.



Project Outcome

Constituted and built the capacity of women-led CSOs, women economic collectives, Ministry of Gender Affairs and Social Development and media to advocate for the expansion of Women’s Economic Empowerment opportunities in Enugu State by improving access to funding and livelihood opportunities for economically active women.

 

Secured commitments from the Ministries of Finance and Budget and Planning to increase funding for Women Empowerment within the ministries of Agriculture, and Gender Affairs and Social Development.

Secured commitments from the Ministry of Information secured commitments to publicize such opportunities when available, to women in rural communities.

Main Activities include

Advocacy visits to relevant government agencies: To strengthen the capacity of women’s economic collectives in the state, members of the Partnership for the Advancement of Women’s Economic Development.

Capacity building through advocacy and training: participants discussed and proposed several recommendations to tackle issues relating to women’s economic empowerment in Enugu State.

Policy Dialogue Sessions to improve the economic situation of women: The PAWED project was formed to strengthen the capacity of women’s economic collectives in Enugu state to conduct high-impact evidence-informed advocacy to improve the livelihood of economically active women and girls in the state

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