Promoting women's rights
To achieve a broad range of development goals, from reducing violence to building local economies, one common thread must link our strategies: the empowerment of women. Yet in many countries, women are denied even their most basic rights. To strengthen women’s equality, Crossroads International’s partnerships support women who have experienced violence and rape, as well as helping impoverished women to establish income-generating activities to support their families. As women develop skills and confidence they are increasingly raising their voices to demand equal rights. Crossroads is also supporting a number of projects to increase women’s participation in governance. Through partnership exchanges and regional gatherings Crossroads is increasing connections and collaboration among women activists and organizations regionally and internationally.
Amplifying voices: Girls' empowerment clubs in SwazilandEmpowerment clubs are a place where girls can speak their minds and develop the courage and determination necessary to build a brighter future for themselves and their communities. In short, girls who attend empowerment clubs know that they have the power to change their world.
Speaking up and speaking out: Access to justice for allCrossroads International and local partner Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF-Ghana) have been working together since 2007 to support women in speaking up and speaking out so their rights, needs, and concerns are heard in the courts, in the streets, and at home.
Community Economic Development: Micro-credit for Women in Bolivia For women struggling to escape the cycle of poverty, even a small investment can be enough for start-up materials for all kinds of small businesses. That is why Crossroads has partnered with the Asociaicion Nacional Ecumenica de Desarollo (ANED), a Bolivian financial organization working to alleviate poverty.
Defending Women's Rights in Togo : Trained Paralegals Help Women Assert Their Rights While civil law in Togo has become less discriminatory over the past decade, few women are aware of their new legal rights and freedoms. With the help of Crossroads International and a local Togolese organization, women are learning about their rights and how to stand up for them.