ICED AND GENDER EMPOWERMENT
ICED actively supports the development and promotion of small-scale enterprises (SMEs), sustainable trade, gender empowerment, environmental management, and capacity building in Sub-Sahara Africa (SSA). We strongly believe that active engagement of women in decision-making and development processes will yield significant sustainable development benefits in the region.
In most SSA countries, women are largely responsible for household food and water provision. In rural communities, women are most dependent on natural resources that are rapidly disappearing due to negative human activities, climate variability and globalisation. They are vulnerable and frequently exposed to natural disasters like floods, droughts, and outbreak of diseases such as HIV Aids, cholera and gruesome ebola. Although women possess valuable knowledge, in most instances, they are denied active participation in decision-making processes and development programmes. ICED’s position on gender empowerment is informed by the wisdom of Dr. Aggrey:
“If you educate a man, you educate an individual but if you educate a woman, you educate a nation.”
ICED regards women empowerment and gender equality as basic human rights issues and vital pathways to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). To enable women to have an equal voice in decision-making and action, ICED insists on not less than 50% representation of women in the conceptualisation and implementation of her development programmes, projects and activities. Supporting women to actively engage small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) and sustainable farming practices. The pictures below illustrate ICED’s commitment to gender empowerment in SSA.