Understanding Culture
Protecting Human Rights
Thoraya
A. Obaid

UNFPA Executive Director
Gender Equity Human Rights

Bangladesh
Colombia
Ghana
Kenya
Mauritania
Mexico
Morocco
Romania
Sierra Leone
Turkey

Laying the groundwork

Starting off right
Bulding in sustainability
Women's options
Capacity-Building
Multisectoral alliances
Unity
Data-Gathering
Change from within
Youth & Education
Caring for the individual
Gaining support through advocacy
The Projects



Expand women's options
In many countries, women who choose to leave an abusive relationship face intense social stigma. But another reason they feel trapped in a dangerous situation is that they have, in fact, few options. Without some means of earning an income, the choices available to such women are limited. Womens empowerment and the development of their capabilities are closely related to their economic self-sufficiency. In Ghana, Mauritania and Sierra Leone, women choosing to leave violent relationships are given training and counselling to help them regain their self-esteem and become more self-reliant. In some cases, they are provided with seed money and technical assistance to start small businesses. As a result, they are becoming productive members of their communities and overcoming the stigma to which they might otherwise be subjected.

 



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