Economic & Social Empowerment Program

1. Sexual Reproductive Health and Girls Education Programs

1.1 Reaching Vulnerable out of School adolescents and youth with SRH knowledge

Under this program, target groups are out of school adolescents and youth from 10-24 years. Accordingly; Shoe Shiners, domestic workers and Street Vendors has been addressed with SRH knowledge through the different trainings and peer learning platforms organized by YWCA.  This program has so far reached more than 1250 out of school youths.

1.2 Enhancement of Women and Girls Reproductive Health in Higher Education Institutions;

Female University students is facing considerable amount of problems which directly contributing to their high droop out rate and attrition rate in higher learning institute.  Even though their enrollment rate is incredibly increasing, their dropout rate is still highly increasing. The reasons for this, as confirmed by researches are lack of social skill,  economic constraints, lack of leadership and  negotiation skill gender office of AAU also confirmed RH problems  faced by female University students are contributing factor to their High attrition rate.

With these evidences, the YWCA of Ethiopia intervened in higher learning institute since 2008. This program has components on Economic support, capacity building of students through provision of trainings on reproductive health, leadership and mentoring and TUSEME(Kiswahili  word which means lets speak out ). It also aims at supporting club activities to enable female students building their leadership skill through participation in extracurricular activities. Similarly, the program facilitated access to reproductive health services. Towards this end; it has established Kiosk at Addis Ababa university in partnership with DKT Ethiopia. This kiosk avails sanitary napkin pads, reproductive health services as well as other kiosk items. The proceeds from the sale of the items are going to sustaining the project and it is currently supporting economically vulnerable students.

The YWCA has supported over 1000 youths in higher learning institutes, among which it has provided mentorship, capacity building trainings and bursary support for 140 girls who are economically vulnerable female University students in pursuit of their education. It has managed to support their education and assured school attainment of 114 (81.4%) female University students who got bursary support as well as other capacity building trainings. This has a tremendous impact on delaying marriage and enhancing the sexual and reproductive health of these girls among others.

Besides accomplishing and meeting its objectives, YWCA takes the first initiation to prepare and distribute orientation booklet to University students. The orientation booklet included information on: RH, RH problem the social and academic environment of the University, study skill, services available in the University, assertiveness and other important issue. More over life skill, leadership and job readiness trainings are organized for graduating female students to boost their confidence in searching employment and becoming successful leaders in their contexts. Among the female students who has been targeted through this program more than 75% are now playing a  women leadership roles in different sectors.

1.3 Creating Safe Space

Female foot ball team which is established since 2007 is composed of 30 vulnerable girls, coming from slum parts of Addis Ababa. The team serves as safe space, a means of creating social capital and peer learning group for Sexual Reproductive Health promotion.

Moreover, YWCA is also engaged in providing youth center service and youth club activities as a means to create safe space and promotion of reproductive health among youth community.

2. Economic Empowerment programs

2.1 Girls Migrant Housekeepers

With the goal of reducing extreme poverty and hunger of young girls subjugated to child labor, YWCA is working towards the attainment of reliable and self sufficient client capabilities of these young girls who are between 10-19.

Accordingly, restored self reliance and independence to close to 1100 vulnerable girls who are working as house maids with minimum wages by partnering with Population Council. As a result, most of the women were now able to become socially and economically empowered. Some are involving in decision making processes in their communities.

2.2 Self Help program

Touch the lives of more than 5000 women and girls through its livelihood interventions of equipping women with marketable skills through providing basic business and entrepreneurial skills training, catering skills training, vocational skills training and providing lone grants. Moreover, it has organized more than 1200 women in its branch office in self help groups by instituting community saving and credit schemes.

2.3 Giving Hope project

The program seeks to improve the social, living and health status of OVC between the ages of 10-24. This program have been implemented  by peer educators and adult mentors and leaders of the youth working group who took TOT training  on Conflict resolution, in Parenting & Peer counseling, Reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS prevention and related issues.

This enabled Young Care Giver (YCG) to participate in the social and economic development of the communities and manage their own well being and sustainability of their families.

3. Youth Leadership Development Program

3.1 Youth Volunteers Program

The YWCA through its youth leadership enhancement program has managed to embrace more than 5000 youth to be engaged in different volunteerism activities to outreach the community. The YWCA has created opportunities for volunteers to provide community service and learn through the process. Moreover, these volunteers are also targeted through the different capacity building trainings focusing on SRH, Leadership and communication skill.

3.2 Promoting young girls participation on AU summit

The YWCA is recognized as one of the leading organization bringing the young women and girls to participate and bring their voice into the policy arena. In the last few years, more          than 100 girls are recruited by YWCA in Ethiopia to participate in the AU summit. This has created an opportunity for young girls to have direct engagement with head of states and        exclusive meetings with the chair of commission. With this engagement the girls have been able to brought issues of girl’s educations, health, HIV/Aids; Gender based violations and others to be discussed among the higher officials.

3.3 Youth division and Pan African Action Plan

The World YWCA has fostered a relationship with the youth division of the African Union and YWCA in Ethiopia. With this opportunity, young girls from Ethiopia have been actively involved and participated in the development of the pan African action plan. This involvement enabled the girls to explain about the situation of youth in general and sexual; reproductive health issues in particular.

3.4 Gender Is My Agenda Campaign

The YWCA movement is an active member of Gender is my agenda Campaign (GIMAC), which has been a platform for women's contribution for the AU Agenda With this plat form YWCA have been participating in the gender consultations related to Africa as well as the common Africa position on 2015,as part of this role In this YWCA has been also involved in monitoring Africa's states commitment towards Gender equality.

3.5  State of African Women Campaign (SOAW)

Young Women Christian Association- Ethiopia (YWCA) kicked off a project named The State of the African Woman Campaign Action in partnership with Young Women Christian Association of Kenya on April 2017. The project is funded by the European Union and it is three-years advocacy, communication and awareness-raising campaign. The project is planned to remain from 1st April 2017 and ends 31st March 2020. The "State of the African Woman” campaign aims to contribute to securing, realizing and extending women’s rights as enshrined in African Union policies in sub-Saharan

This project is being implemented in 16 African countries having the overall objective of securing, realizing and extending women’s rights enshrined in African Union policies in African countries. This campaign focuses on strengthening the civil society’s contribution to promote the implementation of the AU Protocol on the Rights of Women (Maputo Protocol) and the Maputo Plan of Action (MPoA).

The project creates a platform that will bring 16 African Sister Organizations to share strengths, strategies and networks that will discuss advocacy empowerment issues as stipulated in the Maputo protocol. 

So far the 16 organizations has been taken through capacity building on the Maputo protocol with an aim of increasing their knowledge and skills towards campaigning for the girl agenda as outlined in the Maputo protocol and plan of action.