Our commitment is to support the Ethiopian Girls and Young Women to be able to decide their future, making them more resilient to any kinds of economic shocks that could possibly expose them to abuses and exploitation, as well as harmful practices like FGM (Female Genital Mutilations) & Child Marriage. The project will introduce viable livelihood programs, skills training, education sessions, saving and loan groups for girls and young women/parents in the targeted communities in Lalibela.
One of the major challenges for Ethiopian girls in the targeted communities is to go through different harmful practices like FGM (Female Genital Mutilations) & Child Marriage. These issues are mainly caused by poverty; parents are forced to let their very young children as young as 12 years of age to marriage, thinking that as an escape of poverty. The other scenario is FGM; this practice is also a means of survival for those who cut the genitals (practitioners).
By introducing livelihood programs, young women will become more resilient to economic shocks that could possibly expose them to exploitation and harmful practices. Their families would increase their income, the practice of early marriage as a poverty relief mechanism will be minimized, and girls children will stay in school for longer period of time. Secondly, we will target the FGM practitioners by our livelihood program to stop the practice that they consider a means of subsistence.
The project will allow 60 girls and young women in Lasta district to become economically independent and free from child marriage. Following project activities, parents and communities will become protective of their girls and young women and able to resist to child marriage and FGM (Female Genital Mutilations). New businesses like bee hiving management, goat and sheep fattening, embroidery, food preparation, hair dressing will be available in the communities.