Current challenges for girls’ education in Ethiopia​

The conflict in Tigray has significantly disrupted our partner’s ability to deliver their planned projects in schools across the region.

In November 2020, growing tensions in the Tigray region escalated into violence and fighting. Over 1 million people are now displaced, schools remain closed and life is very difficult. Access to food, water and health services is increasingly challenging.

We know that you will share our concerns for the people affected by the desperate state of affairs, and in particular the plight of girls. Reports of gender based sexual violence have been widespread. It is now more important than ever before that we maintain our commitment to our partners.

Whilst Dignity Period’s school menstruation programme has paused due to the violence and instability across the region, the dedicated team remain committed to ensuring that girls they can reach in and around the city of Mekele are provided with sanitary packs. 

There are hundreds of displaced girls, and women, sheltering in school buildings near Mekele.  Dignity’s team were able to quickly provide support and have provided them with reusable sanitary packs.  The team is also distributing packs to women who have just given birth.

School closures interrupt the trajectories of adolescent girls and increase the risk of them not returning to their education. Your support can enable our partners to adapt and resume their programmes quickly and at capacity, as soon as it is safe to do so. 

They need us now more than ever.  Supporting the recovery process is vital if girls are to have the best chance possible of returning to school. 

While this situation develops and changes, Dignity Period remains in contact with Ethiopiaid, providing updates and news.

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