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Women's Empowerment

Globally women and girls face significant inequality and women remain underrepresented in all spheres of life. One third of women worldwide have faced physical violence in their lifetime. Gender equality and empowerment means ensuring equal human rights, responsibilities, opportunities and treatment for women and men in order to reach their full potential and that women are free from gender-based violence.

Photo: Girls play with skipping ropes during their break time at the Dollow Primary school, Somalia.

How we support women's empowerment

Throughout the countries in which Trócaire works, we advocate for laws that protect women and respect their rights and dignity.

We offer support to those exposed to abuse and work with men and women to prevent gender-based violence.

We help women to achieve their basic needs and to earn a living.

And we also work to build women’s leadership and support their equal participation in decision-making at all levels.

Women's empowerment impacts 2015/16

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survivors of gender-based violence in Pakistan received support in 2015/16

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people benefited directly from our women’s empowerment work in 2015/16.

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women and girls in Kenya were made aware of their rights over a 4 year education programme

Examples of our impact 2015/16

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:

Preventing gender-based violence and supporting survivors

  • 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.

Empowering women to participate in decision making

  • 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. 

WATCH: 'Women in Somalia: Inspiring Change' a short film telling the story of two people involved in Trócaire education and health programmes

In Ireland

Trócaire is a member of the Irish Joint Consortium on Gender Based Violence

Updates on our women's empowerment work