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Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment

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USAID focuses on increasing women’s social, economic, and political status
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USAID's Ethiopia missioin promotes gender equality and females’ empowerment across its portfolio, focusing on increasing females’ social, economic and political status. Service provisions and capacity building interventions encourage equal participation of males and females as beneficiaries, agents of change and project partners. For instance, women are more likely to spend income on the betterment of their families and successfully participate in village savings, loans and trade schemes—however, their access to resources and participation is mediated through men. USAID programs promote women’s decision-making power within households, especially so that they can better influence family nutrition decisions as part of Feed the Future and the Global Health Initiatives.

USAID’s education activities increase girls’ access to and retention in school, and provide support to improve their academic performance. In the health sector, USAID activities increase access to financial and health services, including nutrition, family planning and reproductive health services. USAID economic activities in Ethiopia seek to foster increased incomes for farmers, an enhanced role for private sector participation in the economy, and improvements in marketing, trade and investment. Gender is well-integrated into these activities, and women comprise a substantial proportion of beneficiaries. Other activities target gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices, such as early forced marriage and female genital mutilation that undermine the health and status of women and girls in Ethiopia.

Other activities target gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices, such as early forced marriage and female genital mutilation that undermine the health and status of women and girls in Ethiopia.

 

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Last updated: November 13, 2014

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