Gender equality and women's empowerment
Gender equality is at the foundation of healthy relationships between men and women in society and is vital for sustainable progress on malnutrition in Ethiopia. Save the Children and its partners are committed to addressing the immediate barriers women face in accessing and using quality nutrition and WASH services, and the long-term needs of women—increased decision-making power, equal division of labor in the household, increased access to and control over resources, and the skills and knowledge to participate fully and take on leadership positions in their communities, in equal partnership with men.
The Gender cross-cutting element aims at the integration and implementation of gender-responsive programming and women’s empowerment activities which cut across all partner platforms and technical areas. Growth through Nutrition will disproportionately target women (more than 80%) for activities and economic strengthening. Efforts through Enhanced Community Conversations (ECCs) that focus on changing social norms by targeting men and mothers-in-laws, promote male involvement, and healthy communication between couples will continue. The project will also will build upon established relationships and engage with and ensure that the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MOWCA) has the capacity to implement and monitor gender focused activities as part of the National Nutrition Programme (NNP) and ONE WASH National Programme (OWNP), and to serve as a resource on gender for all implementing ministries.