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What’s at Stake

Various studies, as well as our experience, have shown that when we work towards women empowerment, the whole society benefits.

Women and girls make up half the world’s population. Yet, they often have less access to education, health, and economy as well as less opportunity to voice their opinions and take an active role in decision-making processes. Without tapping into the incredible potential women and girls offer, communities limit their ability to grow and progress.

Jieshimu meaning self-respect in English, was initiated in 2018 to address these challenges through a simple yet effective approach. The programme is specifically aimed at realization of both individual and collective self-esteem and inner strength for marginalised and socially excluded women and adolescent girls through innovative community practices.

A tailor-made strategy called the ‘4 S Model’ has been developed under Jieshimu for women empowerment. The ‘4 S Model’ is an acronym for four novel approaches, namely Seeking Healthcare as a Behavior, Support for Education, Supporters through Male Involvement, and Sustaining the Change in Communities.

The programme identifies adolescent girls and women from the community and develops them into Change Agents, who in turn actively contribute to the community mobilization process.

What We’re Doing

Women and girls make up more than half of our Community Empowerment Program (CEP) participants. During our program, women develop leadership skills, engage in dialogue, and demonstrate their ability to make important decisions for themselves and their families, showing how important they are to their community’s development.

We also work to engage men and boys in the CEP, encouraging them to participate in discussions about human rights. Men and women work together to promote equality and develop new social norms around respecting the human rights and dignity of women and girls and men and boys.

We encourage women to take on leadership roles in their communities. In every Community Management Committee (CMCs), at least nine of the 17 members are women.