Hivos International

Women's Empowerment

Today, most African youth seems uninterested in working in the coffee sector as they see it as an "old man's" hobby. However, the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) states that it is women who form the majority of the world’s estimated total of 25 million coffee farmers.

Cities will dominate the landscape of the future. UN projections indicate that 75 percent of the world’s population will be living in cities by 2050. Africa, in particular, will change from a continent of states to a continent of cities.

At age 15, Tanaka (not her real name) was forced into sex work in order to fend for herself. Now aged 17, Tanaka has been through what can be simply described as hell, something a child like her ought never to experience. She fell pregnant hardly a year after she started engaging in sex work, and her tales of violence at the hands of men are harrowing and heart rending.

Tanaka lost her baby a few months after giving birth, a memory which evoked tears in her eyes as she recounted the story recently.

The Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) organized a two day leadership retreat in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe as part of Hivos’ Women Empowered for Leadership (WE4L) programme. The meeting brought together female leaders in fulfillment of earlier commitments to contribute to a mentoring programme for aspiring women leaders in business and politics.  At the retreat, women leaders shared their experiences in leadership particulalrly the challenges they overcame to become influential leaders.

Working for Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE) is one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done. This is especially so when progress (no matter how little) is made towards uplifting women and girls. However, this work can be depressing sometimes because GEWE happens to be one of the topics that are very easily trivialized and demeaned. Just when you think progress has been attained, you are bombarded with the most retrogressive thinking which makes it very difficult to realize change.

I am Angélica Choc, a Maya-Q'eqchi ' nativehuman rights defender and defender of El Estor community of the Izabal Department in Guatemala.

The World Bank on June 7, 2017 projected Ethiopia as the fastest growing economy in Africa. In a report, Global Economic Prospects: Sub-Saharan Africa, the bank predicted Ethiopia to be at 8.3 per cent followed by Ghana and Tanzania at 7.2 and 7.8 respectively.

In September 2015, Governments adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (commonly referred as the Sustainable Development Goals - SDGs) as a response to eradicate poverty. Each year, countries are encouraged to review their progress in implementation of the SDGs.

Hivos Southern Africa launched its Women Empowered for Leadership Programme (WE4L) in Zimbabwe on April 27, 2017 at its regional offices in Harare, Zimbabwe.  The launch was attended by women leaders from political, civil society and business sectors.

Hivos Southern Africa conducted a training on outcome harvesting targeted at partner organizations in the Women Empowered for Leadership project in Zimbabwe. Twenty participants underwent the training and expressed enthusiasm at learning how to effectively conduct outcome harvesting processes.

The Women Empowered for Leadership (WE4L) is a five-year programme running from 2016-2020 managed by Hivos and implemented together with local partners in, Jordan and Lebanon, Malawi Zambia, Zimbabwe,.

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