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EWA: Women Empowerment

The overall goal of the WECF EWA programme is to contribute to economic and political empowerment of women from low-income rural and peri-urban regions in six developing countries (Afghanistan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, Tajikistan, Uganda)

19.03.2012 | WICF Project


Countries: Afghanistan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, Tajikistan, Uganda
Donors: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
Duration: 01/2012 - 12/2015

The overall goal of the  "Empower Women – Benefit (for) All" (EWA) programme is to contribute to the economic and political empowerment of women from low-income rural and peri-urban regions in six developing countries (Afghanistan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, Tajikistan, Uganda).

The EWA programme is supported by the "Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women" (FLOW), which is a fund that has been set up by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands to improve the position of women and girls in developing countries. Further, the programme builds on WECF’s multi-annual approach 2010 - 2015, which aims at contributing to achieving the Millennium Development Goals 1 (eradicate extreme poverty and hunger), 3 (promote gender equality and empower women) and 7 (ensure environmental sustainability).

The expected results of the EWA programme will be that 12,000 women and men will have improved affordable access to livelihood resources, 14,900 women and men will have increased economic independency and increased incomes by >50%, 5,000 women in 20 low income rural communities will have had access to credit, in 4 countries women’s participation in local decision making structures will have improved by 30% and 10 million people will be aware of the benefits of women’s economic and political empowerment by the end of 2015.

Download here the FLOW progress report, and here the mid-term evaluation report.

Here is the organisational self assesment tool for our partners.

More information on the individual countries can be found here:
EWA Afghanistan
EWA Georgia
EWA Kyrgyzstan
EWA South Africa
EWA Tajikistan
EWA Uganda

Within the EWA programme different manuals have been produced:
- Gender in Sustainable Development Collection of Exercises for Training of Trainers (ToT); a gender training manual dealing with gender issues & sustainable development developed by ALGA en WECF (also available in Russian),

- Gender Livelihood and Socio Economic Study - Baseline Study Georgia; this study summarizes and analyses the results of a gender sensitive needs assessment in the field of gender, income generation, water & sanitation, energy and agriculture,

- Report Training of Trainers and Findings in two Districts in Eastern Uganda - Organic Solutions and Gender Mainstreaming; in this report the method and content of  trainings are presented as well the findings on gender inequalities between men and women in the Kween and Kapchorwa District,

- Report Baseline and Training Needs Assessment - Agriculture; in this report the training and the finding of a needs assessment in the field of agriculture, carried out in Eastern Uganda, are presented,

- A guide for trainers Organic Agriculture - Principles and Practices; the guide, developed in Uganda, will support the trained trainers on Conservation and Organic Agriculture,

- Gender Livelihood and Socio Economic Study Kyrgyzstan; this baseline research helped WECF partner organizations to find out urgent problems faced by rural women, discuss with them alternative solutions and women’s needs in capacity building.

- A Guidance Document for practitioners - Gender and Food Security
; the publication focuses on several aspects of food security and its relation with gender. The purpose is to raise awareness on gender and gender-differentiated impacts and the different roles that men and women play in food security and sustainable development.

- The gender livelihood and socio-economic study for Tajikistan prepared by the Youth Ecological Centre, Tajikistan, and WECF contains the analysis of the project EWA participatory study of the livelihood situation in Tajikistan.



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