Women Empowerment – Best practices

Date: March 30, 2011
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Summary of good practise

Kutshata Phindela, Botswana
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Activity to bring together economic institutions and relevant organizations to enhance women’s economic empowerment in Lobatse

Maberete Pokane, Lesotho
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An association of community women under the auspices of Action Aid Lesotho aimed at awareness creation on women’s rights, gender violence and the law through public gatherings, rallies and campaigns such as the 16 Days of Action against women and Children

Mamotsiba Makara, Lesotho
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Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace runs a programme that facilitates gender and GBV sensitization workshops for women and men as well as community leaders to help reduce GBV incidents within communities. It also engages on campaigns like the 16 Days of activism and Radio and TV programmes to stimulate debate

Masello Moleleki, Lesotho
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A women’s association that focuses on economic empowerment and sustainability of businesses owned by members through monthly contribution circulated amongst the 12 members. This initiative embarks on poverty eradication and social welfare of members of the community in general

Lintle Letsika, Lesotho
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Women empowerment group established by Christian women aimed at addressing socio-cultural issues affecting young women today. It provides platform for peer support through counselling, occupational work for teenage mothers, women prisoners

Lucy Mamonki Redeby, Lesotho

Gender and Energy Network of Lesotho runs income-generating activities aimed for women’s economic upliftment and self dependency through production of dung cakes as a healthier and cheaper alternative source of energy for daily energy needs. People are able to earn some wages for this work through rotational basis and it further generates some income through sale of cakes for sustainability and not profit

Linzy Bacbotte, Mauritius
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Testimonial of self as a survivor of GBV and as a role model for women empowerment.

Marie Urcile Ladine, Mauritius
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A case study on Chrysalide rehabilitation program as well as other services it provides to women sex workers and drug users.

Mohonee Jalim, Mauritius
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Maximising municipal services and structures for empowering women at local level.

Faith Manana, Swaziland
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Empowering both men and women on self help development skills in the community to raise income e.g. recycling newspapers. Also advises them how to access loan from development funds, poverty reduction from the Ministry of Development and Local Government.

Senelile Khumalo, Swaziland
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Equipping Caregivers through training on issues affecting the wellbeing of children and taking into consideration that National Care Points are one best way to gather young children because it is where a number of children convene for their daily meal, these children come with different problems such as abuse. SBRCS took the initiative to train these caregivers from the NCPs and Red Cross Clinics on issues of GBV, sexual abuse and signs of abused children, HIV/AIDS, psychosocial support (PSS), human rights and also caring for the abused child.

Thuli Chapa,Swaziland
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Empowering women in community microfinance in form of voluntary self managed time bound savings groups in order to increase household incomes and job opportunities by providing women, who are local producers with business skills, access to credit and information on local market trends and demands.


Phillip M Pfukwa, Zimbabwe
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Self reliance projects for low income houses which seeks to ensure the empowerment of women.

RAKOTOHARIJAONA Andrianantenaina Henintsoa ,Madagascar
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In some Malagasy customs, women are not allowed to inherit from their parents, including things like houses, land, etc. A practice that is contrary to the laws and this is the case for some women in Ivato Airport council. In order to change this bad practice, RAKOTOHARIJAONA Henintsoa has initiated some campaigns all over his locality to sensitize women on the way to secure their possessions and properties.

Kelly Sebusi, South Africa
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Council has been working with survivors of GBV and doing capacity training with them.

Rabeeca Mtonga Museteka, Zambia
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The community department in the council with the help of NGOCC has been running a women’s empowerment project where they are raising awareness on GBV and helping survivors through counselling as a way of improving their low self esteem

Bernadett Chipembere, Zimbabwe

Fighting for legal justice for abused women and advocating for the empowerment of these women.

Judith Mukwanda, Zimbabwe
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Addressing GBV issues, particularly targeting vulnerable people

Musa Macheza, Zimbabwe

A poverty alleviation initiative that seeks to help women become self reliant and sustainable.

Patricia Lungu, Zambia
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An initiative of opening a food store close to community where women used to travel long distances to buy foodstuffs and also educating women on food preparation, storage and preservation

Doreen Ngwenya, Swaziland
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Empowering young girls in schools around the country especially in the communities where most young girls are faced with GBV. Girls are also empowered on how to share each other’s experiences, teaches them their rights and responsibilities.

Vimla Menon, Mauritius
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Contribute to the rehabilitation of young girls through training and accompaniment; prepare them for a smooth integration in society after their release or time of placement

Lesley Anne Davis, South Africa

Deals with issues of violence against women and girls impede their ability to live full. Productive and happy lives.

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