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 Organization for the Development of Women and Children Ethiopia [ODWaCE]

In the 2004, a new Civil Societies and Charities law has been issued. Based on this law, the name and objectives of EGLDAM was changed to Organization for the Development of Women and Children Ethiopia/ODWaCE.

ODWaCE is the former Ye Ethiopia Goji Limadawi Dirgitoch Aswogaji Mahiber/EGLDAM. Whereas EGLDAM for the past 25 years was engaged in the struggle against harmful traditional practices which affect the health and social well being of women and children.

The role of ODWaCE in the future in regard HTPs would be to share its expertise and resources for government sector offices like Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affair, Ministry of Culture and Tourism and other NGOs and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). On top of this ODWaCE is the member of national HTPs strategy and the national alliance to end child marriage. Both are organized MoWCYA. Based on this ODWaCE will continue to contribute its experiences and resources in the area of HTPs.

Currently ODWaCE focuses on the health and capacity building of women, enhancing educational attainment of children, repairing fistula victims and assisting them to be able to generate their own income as well as networking and research. ODWaCE is operating in more than five regions. It is chaired by Executive Board members who are accountable to the general assembly. The Board members meet quarterly while the general assembly is annually unless otherwise there is a special issue.

Vision:

To see Ethiopian women and children are well educated economically empowered and play decisive role in the economic development of the country.

Mission:

Dedicated to contribute to change the lives of women and children as well as to pave the ways and design means to enable women and children to generate income/life skill training and to continue their education.

Objectives:

      General:

  • To contribute for the effort to enable women and children to be healthy & educated and economically empowered.

     Specific:

  • To assist women and children to be benefited from health and education service.
  • To enable women and children to be free from the bad health effect of HTPs e.g. fistula.
  • To enable women and children to be able to generate their own income and to contribute more for the overall development of the country.
  • To build economic capacity of fistula victims and poor women to enable them to have their own income.
  • Strengthen networking and collaboration.

ODWaCE pledge that all activities and concerns as well as decisions will be based on and guided by the following values:-

Impartiality: equity and fairness

Professionalism Quality, decisions and actions are guided by evidence.            

Commitment/good governance: Work hard for the betterment of the community in general to women and children in particular.

Gender responsive: Contribute to narrow down gender inequality.

Transparency: Openness, frank and shared knowledge.

Accountability:Responsible, careful and loyal.

ODWaCE focuses on the following core activities:-

  1. Health
  2. Education
  3. Life skill training for women and children
  4. Assisting fistula victims, poor women to be able to generate their own income
  5. Research
  6. Networking
  1. Activities related to health issues:

1) In this regard, females at all level especially girls should be aware about their fertility period. This will help to avoid unwanted pregnancy and to minimize the rate of illegal abortion. The 2011 EDHS study explained that “the percentage of women with knowledge of the correct timing of the fertility period has increased from 11 percent from 2005 EDHS to 18 percent in 2011”. Though there is a change, still it is an alarming bell to work more on this issue. For better health of women antenatal, neonatal and place of delivery are main methods to keep women healthy. ODWaCE in collaboration with health professionals will work aggressively to enhance the health service delivery effort to contribute to enable to bring change in the health seeking behavior of female and enable them to benefited and then to improve the health of women and children. ODWaCE will actively act on the effort to avail conducive environment to enable women to take informed decision and to have access to safe ,effective, affordable and acceptable methods of family planning of their choice and as well as other methods of their choice for regulation of fertility which are their own choice and not against the law.

2) Nutrition: the 2011 EDHS states that 27 percent of women are thin or undernourished (BMI) is less than 18.5 Kg/m2) and 6 percent are average weight or overweight or obese (BMI 25kg/m2 or above”. “The nutritional status of women and men is associated with height and body mass index (BMI). Short stature reflects previous poor socioeconomic conditions and inadequate nutrition during childhood and adolescence”. So this issue needs attention where ODWaCE will try to contribute to take care of children during their early child hood to provide them necessary nutrition”.

3) Work load: EDHS 2011 states that 43 percent of currently married women reported that their husband participates in household chores. However, only of every four (24 percent) mentioned that her husband participate every day in doing household chores, while 59 percent say that their husband rarely participate in doing household chores. The participation of husband in doing household chores increase with women’s education from 38 percent for women with no education to 70 percent for women with more than secondary education”.

To enhance husbands participation in household chores, ODWaCE will ignite or enhance their participation to be more involved in household chores and women will be capacitated to have a say or to be heard or empowered at family as well as at community level. As known women/female in Ethiopia take the brunt of the work load which is mainly manual type. On top of this they are responsible to shoulder all types of house hold chores. Moreover, they don’t have possibilities of getting food with better nutrition, they are traditionally engaged to eat what is left over from the family.

  B) Education in relation to:-

              1) Access to education for children

              2) Enabling poor children to continue their education

   3) Supporting outstanding girls/boys to continue their higher education

  C)  Life skill training: Women and children who have no known and assured income will be assessed and given training to enable them to generate their own income.

  D)  Assisting fistula victims: Fistula victims will be identified and enable them to get medical treatment. After the treatment they will be given training on how to generate their own income and possibly will be given token amount of money to depend on their own business. Besides women who are in poverty threshold will be identified and enabled to generate their own income.  

 E) Research: conduct research that could provide evidence to promote health and education of women and children 

  1. To share experience and achieve planed goals, develop team work sprit and collaboration.

 


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