empowering women and girls

With limited social economic and educational opportunities, millions of women and girls around the world are in danger of abuse, exploitation and violence. We partner with communities to empower women and girls through access to economic opportunities, education and access to health care for young mothers and their newborns.

We bring about lasting changes to ensure women and girls are empowered. And we build platform for dialogue to influence policies that benefit women and girls, including helping them to access vocational skills and livelihood assets (such as livestock, tools and agricultural training) to ensure that they’re able to support themselves and contribute to their families.

Some of the ways we work with our local partners to empower women and girls include:

  • Supporting Girls to Get Education
  • A Voice for Women
  • Helping Women to Earn an Income
  • Ending Child Marriage

We invite you to take a look at some the ways that we’re helping to empower women and girls.

Supporting Girls to get Education

More than 24 million children will never enter a classroom. Girls are often the most disadvantaged despite all the efforts and progress made over the years (UNESCO 2016).

With access to education, a whole generation of girls will have opportunities that their mothers never had. With literacy comes confidence and the chance to earn a living, become self-sufficient and speak out against violence.

We work with local communities and other partners to promote education for girls. We support poor parents in providing essential tools like books and uniforms, together with building better school structures and toilet facilities.

A Voice for Women

Enlightened, enabled women and girls have the ability to greatly shape their lives, families and communities for the better. Giving the right support, they can positively influence the world too.

At DONE, we support poor women’s struggles to achieve their full potentials. We strive to strengthen the voice of women and girls and empower them to participate in and influence the decisions that affect their lives. To this end, we actively engage men, boys in focusing on transforming the traditional notions of masculinity and gender norms that perpetuate men’s violence against women. We also strive to increase women’s participation in income-generating activities and community health trainings to build healthy, promising futures, including information about delaying marriage, family planning, pregnancy care, nutrition and managing finances.

Helping Women to Earn an Income

2.8 billion people (nearly half the world’s population) live on less than $2 a day. And 1.2 billion of them survive on less than $1.25 (which is about £1 per day). Women and girls are still amongst the world’s poorest people today, despite progress made in fighting poverty in recent years. Aside factors such as cultural barrier, many women don’t have the skill the need to earn an income.

We empower women to build better livelihoods, earn more income, and create businesses that provide jobs and boost local economies. By so doing, more women will be able to grow more food, and sew, craft, and make goods that they can market themselves.

Ending Child Marriage

Unless we act now, over the next couple of years, more than 14 million girls aged under 18 will be married every year, approximately 39,000 each day and about 1 in 9 will be married before the age of 15.

Early marriage diminishes girls chances at education, result in poor health and limits participation in decision-making. Aside contracting dreadful diseases like HIV, it often leads to death during pregnancy and giving birth. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Through community- driven initiatives that work in local contexts, we work with local community groups comprised of girls, boys, parents, together with community and religious leaders in finding lasting solution to this problem.

We also strive to change the perception of early marriage at the local, national, and global levels, through passing laws to protect girls and prevent child marriage, and implementing the existing law against child marriage.