GNUVF supports women’s economic empowerment in line with these, and with the growing body of evidence that shows that gender equality significantly contributes to advancing economies and sustainable development.
Working with a variety of partners, our programs promote women’s ability to secure decent jobs, accumulate assets, and influence institutions and public policies determining growth and development. One critical area of focus involves advocacy to measure women’s unpaid care work, and to take actions so women and men can more readily combine it with paid employment.
In all our economic empowerment programs, GNUVF reaches out to women most in need, often by engaging with grass-roots and civil society organizations. Particularly marginalized groups include rural women, domestic workers, some migrants and low-skilled women. Our aims are higher incomes, better access to and control over resources, and greater security, including protection from violence.Bearing in mind the scale and urgency of the problems faced by women, we should develop a policy on economic empowerment to support them. This would provide the means for our actions to be targeted at ensuring vulnerable people have the opportunities to learn the skills and get the qualifications they need to succeed in the world of work;
We also focus on promoting women’s and girls’ rights and gender equality, with specific interventions to increase their access to the labour market, to microfinance and to the economic assets and resources necessary to be active in the labour market, in line with commitments outlined in our Action Plan on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality;
We promote cooperation and alignment among partners to ensure sharing of best practices and scaling up of initiatives which work;
We work with partner governments, through funding and dialogue, to create opportunities and provide women with the skills needed to secure decent work and be economically secure.
Achievements so far
- Empowering women and girls with education and sustainable life skills so as to eradicate poverty.
- 340 women in the rural areas of Ssisa benefited from cottage industry training with focus on manufacturing liquid soap, making crafts and agriculture.
- 280 of the above women applied for micro-credit to stimulate their businesses but only 20 have benefitted owing to financial limitations
- 20 women groups supported with Financial Literacy training’s towards starting functional saving groups, 13 of which are operational