ENDING GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE & DISCRIMINATION
GenderHopes works to end gender-based violence and discrimination. As such, GenderHopes works to promote the empowerment of women and their participation in the political, economic and social lives of their countries. It focuses on areas such as education for women and girls, notably in terms of reproductive rights, and justice for victims of sexual and physical violence.
SUPPORT TO GIRLS’ EDUCATION
66 million girls are currently out of school for a variety of reasons, ranging from poverty, to cultural barriers or safety concerns. However, educated mothers are twice as likely to send their own children to school, hence breaking the barriers of poverty and illiteracy. GenderHopes works to raise awareness on the importance of educating girls to change the world. To mark the International Day of the Girl on 11 October 2013, GenderHopes organised a screening of the movie Girl Rising for the local community and has partnered with local schools to raise awareness about girls’ education. In 2014, GenderHopes organised the Monaco Premiere of Miss Representation and in 2015, the Monaco Premiere of The Mask You Live In. GenderHopes aims to bring attention to the International Day of the Girl, declared by the United Nations in 2012 and marked every year on 11 October.
GenderHopes has also organised fundraising events for its partner organisations, including Educate Girls, India, and the Akilah Institute for Women, Rwanda.
16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: 25 NOVEMBER – 10 DECEMBER
Every year, GenderHopes marks the International Day to End Violence Against Women, by joining the UN’s “Say No: End Violence Against Women” and by wearing orange. More information about our action in 2015 can be found here.
For the 16 Days of Activism from 25 November to 10 December 2012, GenderHopes partnered with Jumuiya Women’s Group (JWG) in Eldoret Town, Kenya on a series of awareness raising actions. With the help of GenderHopes, the Gender-Based Violence Network of JWG hosted a regional roundtable discussion on gender-based violence and its prevention, it distributed white ribbons to the community and printed and distributed posters calling for commitments to prevent GBV. The full report of activities is available here: Report on the 16 days against GBV_ 2012_ Jumuiya Women Group.
ELECTION MONITORING & POLITICAL PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN IN AFRICA
GenderHopes is working on the Election Monitoring and Political Participation in Africa project for the London-based NGO Make Every Woman Count. GenderHopes conducts research and interviews and contributes to the annual report.
GenderHopes also writes and publishes articles to raise awareness on gender-based discrimination and violence as well as related topics such as reproductive rights and access to education.