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.

Key Progress from Project Year II

Growth through Nutrition conducted training on “Gender in Nutrition” for 85 regional project staff from all regions and gender focal persons from government offices to improve knowledge and skills on gender equality issues that would enable staff to deliver results for children, women, and men in a gender responsive manner. Growth through Nutrition conducted one-day workshops with national and regional staff to disseminate the gender analysis findings and gender integration strategy of the project in Addis Ababa, Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, and Tigray regions.

Following identification of gender sensitive innovative technologies, Growth through Nutrition distributed multi-purpose stoves to 660 MVHHs in 12 intervention woredas of Amhara and Tigray regions.

Key Progress from Project Year III

Growth through Nutrition facilitated training on gender issues, specifically on unpaid care work for project staff, implementing sector partners, and government stakeholders in all regions. A total of 206 participants (119 male and 87 female; 124% achievement of annual plan) attended the two-day trainings in all regions. The main objective of the training was to create awareness and to equip the participants with relevant concepts for cascading the training and highlight the importance of unpaid care work to the respective implementing bodies. The activity was over achieved because more woreda level attendees participated than anticipated. 

The challenge fund implementation guideline for the scale up the provision of improved multi-purpose stoves was developed, energy saving stove construction and/or retailing business was identified as a plausible business in seven Growth through Nutrition intervention woredas. 

Key Progress from Project Year IV

In addition to a gender-focused learning event in Year IV, gender was integrated into various activities, such as assessment of gender implication of cash transfer for Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture items and SBCC activities (decision making support and the like). The project also addressed gender-related barriers to the use of nutrition-specific services at health facilities when identified via application of quality improvement approaches.

7th Project Research and Learning Working Group Meeting Summary notes and Presentations

On February 28, 2020 - Tufts University, a Growth through Nutrition implementing partner, brought together over 40 participants from different nutrition projects to present and discuss two inter-related gender topics. The documents are an outline of the major findings and points shared and the presentations covered during the learning session.

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