In 2015/16, we supported gender programmes in six countries. These programmes are estimated to have benefited 81,000 people directly.
Trócaire’s gender programme provides training on gender equality and women’s rights to both women and men, funds women’s solidarity groups, helps women to build incomes, and encourages support for women to take on more visible roles in their communities. Examples of this work in 2015/16 include:
In Pakistan, we provided support to over 2,200 survivors of gender-based violence.
In Sierra Leone, almost 7,000 women and over 5,700 men were reached by Trócaire’s programmes against gender-based violence.
Trócaire and its partners gave legal assistance to over 1,900 survivors of gender-based violence in Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Honduras and Guatemala.
In Sierre Leona, 44 communities where we work, developed action plans against gender-based violence.
In Uganda, Trócaire works with Irish Aid and the Ugandan Episcopal Conference on a national campaign to prevent domestic violence across all 19 Catholic dioceses and 25,000 churches nationwide, targeting 12 million Catholics. A Trócaire survey in northern Uganda revealed that 65% of priests and 85% of catechists had counselled a person who was experiencing gender-based violence.
In Myanmar following the 2015 elections 21 of the 148 women elected to parliament came from or had worked with Trócaire partners. Women’s representation grew from 5% to 13%.
In Sierre Leone, 11 women were appointed to official administrative positions within communities where we work.
In Honduras almost 90% of community-based organisations we support have women exercising leadership.
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Trócaire is a member of the Irish Joint Consortium on Gender Based Violence.