How do we empower women?
Trócaire supports women to have a voice and to be able to make informed decisions that affect their lives. We empower women within their homes, communities and beyond. We also work with women and men to challenge violence against women.
Our women’s empowerment programmes are based on an approach that works at many levels. We support people at individual, local and societal level. We bring about change in people’s homes and communities. We push for change in institutions and politics.
- With individual women: We build confidence and self-esteem. We increase knowledge and skills.
- Within households: We work towards shared decision making within the household. Shared control of household wealth.
- Within communities: We build positive attitudes for gender equality. Challenge negative attitudes. Demand rights and equal participation of women.
- Wider society and institutions: We address power imbalances. We challenge political and economic structures. We influence laws and policies.
Our programme also reduces the risk of violence to women and girls. For survivors of violence we provide support, recovery and social change. We also engage men to improve attitudes towards violence against women.