Transforming lives in Ethiopia

Women and girls

Many women and girls in Ethiopia face barriers throughout their lives.

Inequality can affect girls from the moment they are born. Many young girls undergo harmful practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM), and despite child marriage being illegal in Ethiopia, 40% of girls are married by the age of 18.

We believe girls and women are the key to building long-term change.

By protecting girls and promoting women’s voices, our partners are building a safer, more equal world.

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A safer and more equal world

We partner with local organisations who provide support and opportunities for women and girls. Through their projects, they are:

If you have any questions about our partners’ work supporting women and girls please do get in touch.

Women and girls

Our impact 2022-23 

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602 babies were safely delivered by Traditional Birth Attendants and protected from harmful practices such as FGM

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5,478 women were screened for cervical cancer, with immediate treatment for those whose results showed potentially harmful cells

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48,943 people were reached through education, to stop harmful practices and advocate for the rights of women and girls

Impact stories

Our partners

APDA is dedicated to ending harmful practices, including female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage and the lack of rights for women in marriage. Their Women Extension Workers are trusted role models for girls. Through their outreach work, they support women and girls in their communities, visiting and speaking to girls and listening to their daily challenges and difficulties. They also work alongside religious leaders who, as respected authorities, can lead by example to bring an end to harmful practices.

Wings of Healing provide free screening and treatment of cervical cancer. In Ethiopia, where most cervical cancer cases are detected late and treatment is often unaffordable, this work is saving lives. Their incluse programme also reaches women from poorer backgrounds who struggle to access healthcare. Looking forward, they aim to continue expanding their services, particularly to reach women living with HIV and ultimately prevent cervical cancer.

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