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Women's Empowerment

Trócaire's Women's Empowerment programme strives to ensure that the women and girls we work with around the world have a voice in decisions that affect their lives, within their homes, communities, and beyond, and that they are free from violence.

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Members of a Village Savings and Loans Group (VSL) in Chagunda Village, Salima District, Malawi. The women are participants in a project with the Malawi Interfaith AIDS Association to challenge and change attitudes, behaviours and traditional cultural practices that make women and girls more vulnerable to inequality, violence and HIV. Photo: Bazar Productions

Key Facts

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people across the world were supported directly by our Women's Empowerment programmes last year

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survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) in Sierra Leone received legal aid and support services

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men and boys in Pakistan were actively engaged in activities on GBV prevention

How we support women's empowerment

Globally, women and girls face significant inequality and remain under-represented in all spheres of life. One third of women worldwide have faced physical violence in their lifetime.

Throughout the countries in which Trócaire works, we:

  • Advocate for laws that protect women and respect their rights and dignity,
  • Offer support to those exposed to abuse and work with men and women to prevent gender-based violence (GBV),
  • Help women to achieve their basic needs and to earn a living;
  • And work to build women’s leadership and support their equal participation in decision-making at all levels.

Examples of our recent impact

  • In 2016 Trócaire and Raising Voices co-created SASA! Faith, a guide to preventing violence against women and HIV in faith based communities. The SASA! Faith approach is currently successfully being rolled out in Uganda, Pakistan, Kenya, Malawi, and Zimbabwe, with plans to extend the programme to Myanmar soon.
    In Sierra Leone, 4,767 survivors of GBV received legal aid and support services through our programmes, while 47 women’s community groups are playing an active role in prevention and response to violence against women.
  • Engaging men and boys on the need to eradicate gender-based violence is vitally important. In Pakistan, over 7,000 men and boys were actively engaged in programme activities on GBV prevention in their respective areas.
  • Following our training, there has been a 38.5 per cent increase among community members in Sierra Leone who now find physical violence unacceptable.
  • Trócaire’s work with a Nicaraguan community has also resulted in an attitude change with 59 per cent of men and women recognising violence against women as a problem that must be resolved.
  • In Uganda, six Catholic Dioceses implemented a comprehensive GBV prevention programme that involved church leaders speaking out against violence against women.
  • In Myanmar, for example, 65 per cent of women and 86 per cent of men we worked with have increased knowledge of key women’s rights particularly around voting.

Updates on our women's empowerment work