Alongside the business training workshops, such as inventory and risk management, basic bookkeeping, and customer service, the Women’s Empowerment Collectives also have the opportunity to attend a series of 17 workshops on sexual education, gender rights and empowerment. Our partner in Togo, IADES, works with the non-profit Pan-African women’s rights organisation Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF) to create and deliver these workshops.
The modules include workshops on reproductive health, family planning, citizenship, human rights, fight against violence, discrimination and its harmful effects and interpersonal relationships.
“It is important for women to know about their human rights because in our communities, patriarchy is very strong and men have the power, and even economic and social and cultural rights, women are pushed behind.” – Madame Claire Quenem, WiLDAF
When women have access to training, resources, financial services and mutual support, they learn their self-worth. They begin to understand their strength and confidence and use the knowledge from their training sessions to run their own businesses and to earn their own money.
This empowerment enables them to be financially independent from their husbands and they become decision makers about their own bodies, within the household and in the community.
By knowing their rights, they will be able to start shaping their own futures for the first time and they can start educating the next generation of girls with the knowledge that they are equal.
“In Africa, and globally, it is clear that when women are able to exercise their rights to access to education, skills, and jobs, there is a surge in prosperity, positive health outcomes, and greater freedom and well-being, not only of women but of the whole society.” – UN Women