ADPP committed with Women's Empowerment
Today, International Women's Day is celebrated under the motto "Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women's Lives". The central objective of this day is to invite society to think on the situation of women in the world and to discuss the issue of equal rights between women and men.
In order to reduce inequities between women and men, ADPP Mozambique has given women a prominent place in its more than 64 projects, as a result of our recognition of their role and importance for the country's development. Likewise, ADPP has been implementing projects aimed at empowering women so that they can contribute side-by-side with men for the development of the country.
Through the Girls Inspire project aimed at combating early and forced marriage and other barriers that prevent women and girls from participating fully in society, ADPP in partnership with the Commonwealth of Learning - COL and funded by the Government of Canada, has been contributing to the independence of several women from Nacala-Porto, Nampula province.
The initiative was created with the aim of increasing access to sustainable livelihoods for women living in rural areas, empowering them with the knowledge and tools that will enable them to enter the labour market or to self-employ. In another instance, it reintegrates the girls of school age so that they complete the primary and secondary level according to the situation of each one.
At the same time, ADPP is developing two other projects, namely NIKHALAMO, which aims to improve the retention and school completion of vulnerable girls in the province of Zambezia, and Polytechnic Colleges that offer vocational training aimed at empowering girls to enter the job market.
The NIKHALAMO project implemented by ADPP in partnership with Girl Child Rights, with USAID funding aimed at retaining girls in school, is returning many girls back to school.
As far as vocational training is concerned, a number of girls have joined the vocational training offered by the three polytechnic colleges, thereby obtaining not only the certificate which opens the door to the job market but also an opportunity to change their lives and of their families.
Thanks to the vocational training offered by ADPP polytechnic colleges, many women work side by side with men, performing activities that are mostly done by men.
ADPP believes that empowering women and promoting gender equity in all social and economic activities are guarantees for the effective strengthening of economies, boosting business, improving the quality of life of women, men and children, and the sustainable development.