Al Shehab Institution for Comprehensive Development

Empowerment Model for women and graduated girls in Ezbet El Haggana.

Wednesday 20 May 2009 by Al Shehab institution for Comprehensive Development

women situation in Ezbet El Haggana

A survey conducted by Al shehab institution to identify the socio-economic needs of women in general and women headed-families in particular in Ezbet El Haggana 2004, indicated that the majority of women’s husbands work in careers that have no official guarantees. They are all marginalized careers with no stable income. In addition, the survey indicated that the rise in the rate of unemployed sample’s husbands to reach 22.5% and irregularly-working husbands to 25%. On the other hand, it indicated that the rate of studied women who support more than four members of the family reached 46% of the sample, which is very high. In regards to the illiterate, the survey indicated to the high rate of illiteracy among women in Al Haggana region, as the illiteracy percentage reached 63.75% of the sample. As well, the survey indicated the most pressing issue facing Al Haggana residents in general and women in particular is the fact that the majority of the women do not have any official documents such as birth certificates and IDs. Thus, they are can not access available services such as education, health care, appropriate employment and practice their citizenship rights, hence, they are more marginalized within the community.

Al Shehab focus its intervention to promote the right of marginalized groups, in particular women and children. In regard to Al Shehab’s activities with women it emphasize on empowering women and alleviating different forms of violence against them. Al shehab implements activities ranging from political empowerment of women by enabling them to be registered and issue official documents (Birth Certificates & IDs) so that they can practice their rights and vote in elections and express their voices, activities to provide women with legal measures to combat violence they face and health care services. Moreover, Al Shehab institution attempts to fight women’s extreme poverty in Ezbet El Haggana by enabling women to have alternative work opportunities and adequate income. In order to realize this objective, since 2004 Al Shehab is implementing economic project that could be described as the following: project to train a group of 45 women and girls from Al Haggana on the skills of panting and printing on clothes. Project to train 30 women on handicraft occupation and provided them with a one year exhibition to display their production in Al Zamalak, and to train 60 women from the local community on income generation schemes such as, handicrafts (sewing). In 2006 CIDA Canada to improve and train 100 women on dancing clothes and establishing web-site in order to help women to have national and international market with fair profit. The fund for this project was ended in April 2008, however, it still running voluntarily. In the present we have 10 permanent women producers who work on full time basis to produce different handicrafts products within Al Shehab Handicraft Workshop”.

In this regard, Al Shehab implementing a project titled " Empowerment model for women and girls in Ezbet El Haggana" This project is funded by CONEMUND and started in November 2007 and running for two years. The project aims at empowering women of Ezbet Al Haggana, particularly those holding families through supporting them legally as well as acknowledging them with the value of having legal documentation and helping them through giving them the essential tools and skills to defend their rights and be legally identified. The project also aims at raising the awareness of families, religious and natural figures with women rights and the consequences of not having them registered , also with the important of women’s role , their social participation and the different forms of violence and discrimination they face. Nevertheless, the project aims at providing young girls with better working opportunities through building the capacity of 75 of them, through training workshops on different field that would support their being employed as computer , English, managerial and administrative skills. in addition to identifying the gap between formal market requirements and potential skills available among girls who graduated from institutes and universities, in order to empower graduated girls with tools and skills to join the formal market.

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