Promoting Angolan Women´s Empowerment through CSOs

What is the project about

 Members of the cooperative Essivoyo in Benguela - Credit: Maria Casal/UNDP

In the past years, Angola has made remarkable progress in the achievement of MDGs.  It is expected that the country will meet three of its MDGs, which are related to women´s empowerment: MDG 2 (Universal Primary Education), MDG 3 (Gender Equality), and MDG 6 (Combat HIV/AIDS and Malaria). The Government of Angola is increasingly emphasizing gender equality in policies and legislation.

Despite this progress there are still great challenges to be overcome. Gender considerations are systematically inadequately taken into account in decision-making at all levels. Government programmes and policies have failed to address gender issues properly.  As a result, the actual situation of women in Angola is difficult due to general poverty and patriarchal norms. Iindicators of women’s representation in the social and public sphere are still low. Female work is concentrated in lower posts and in the informal sector. Poverty and illiteracy affects mostly women. Gender based violence is widespread in the country.

This project intends to capitalize on such positive trends by providing grants to women´s groups to enable them to strategically implement policies and programmes that enhance the achievement of gender equity and goals in political participation and decision-making, economic and social empowerment,  and  combating violence against women.

In accordance to UNDP mandate and the Millennium Declaration, the main goal of the project is to improve awareness and empower women to exercise their political, social and economic rights in the society and thereby contribute to the achievement of the MDGs.

UNDP therefore, intends to contribute to increased knowledge of women of their rights through access to information, capacitate them to exercise their rights, and strengthen the capacity of women´s groups and networks to advocate, influence policies, implement and monitor efforts related to women´s empowerment.

What have we accomplished so far

 Members of the Women's network in the workshop on the Leardership and Development Credit: Maria Casal/UNDP

A strategic, multi-sectoral response by women´s groups, to issues affecting women, is promoted, empowering them to assert their civil, political, social and economic rights and empower the government to provide these rights.

The project will fund micro-project activities such as leadership training and thematic studies on relevant issues including measuring progress on the advancement of gender equity, educational and awareness activities, media campaigns and legislative and legal rights related activities. These activities need to be strategic and contribute to changes at policy level and to the improved implementation of strategic policies or programs concerning women. For such, partnerships with or involvement of government institutions are encouraged, though this is not determinant for qualification for the funding.

Who finances it?



2011
Donor name Amount contributed per year
Government of Norway $ 400,000
2012
Government of Norway $ 313,000
   
2013
Government of Norway $ 413,000
   

 

 

Delivery in previous fiscal year

2011
Donor name Amount contributed per year
Government of Norway $ -
2012
Government of Norway
$ 253,000
   
2013
Government of Norway
$ 257,000