In most parts of the world, women are a powerful force in their communities. Studies show that women’s economic empowerment results in greater investments in children’s schooling and health, and reduced poverty for all. Economic empowerment of women is a powerful strategy to address SGBV and violence against children. It plays an integral role in alleviating survival sex by unlocking women’s full potential making them economically independent and self-reliant. Empowered women have better access to employment, financial resources, and other market opportunities providing them with tools necessary to enable them to extricate themselves and their children from violent households and relationships. They become solutions to poverty, poor health and vulnerability for their children and families accelerating peace and prosperity in their communities. When a woman’s economic status improves, so does that of her household, her community and, potentially, her country.
The Economic Empowerment Program is primarily designed to promote the economic and social empowerment of women and ultimately their communities as a means to end SGBV and Violence Against Children. The program aims to develop comprehensive livelihood support strategies based on assessments that identify different socio-economic capacities of women.
The program is centered on three pillars: