During their lifetimes, girls and women face all kinds of inequalities and may suffer from different forms of violence. Inequalities are manifested particularly in terms of access to education, health, property or to decision-making arenas. These inequalities are the result of power imbalances and are often rooted in social mores that serve as their pretext.
The promotion of equity and equality of rights between men and women must address the sources of inequality in order to promote sustainable social changes. Thereby, the actions supported by GeTM apply to both men and women.
The economic contribution alone is insufficient to fight against inequalities affecting women. Effective support means empowering women so they can exercise their rights, manage their lives, influence their environment and become independent. Women’s empowerment is a process of identity construction in two dimensions. It is an individual identity construction which provides the tools for women to acquire a greater autonomy, a capacity for self-determination and the freedom of choice in their lives. It is also a collective construction which allows to create social change for a society free of discrimination, marginalization and violence.
GeTM priorities regarding women’s empowerment are:
- Access to education and training
- Participation in spaces for exchange and discussion between women
- The participation of women in political decision-making areas and their access to jobs with greater responsibilities.
- Women’s access to productive resources (property, land, credit) and creation of revenue from their productive activities.
- The establishment of participatory processes of local governance in which women are fully fledged actors.
GeTM supports concrete and sustainable actions that enable women to change social status, develop a positive image of themselves and a better self-esteem. Their role in the household evolves, they become economically active and can manage their income independently.