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2 The Afghan Women’s Resource Centre (AWRC) The AWRC is supporting women in Sherhankhail village in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, a region where poverty is pervasive. The organization is providing Afghan women with start- up capital for small businesses, vocational, literacy and other training, and support needed to ensure a better future for themselves and their families. Women and Girls learning embroidery

3 Established a production house where 4 production groups amongst the 4 vocational programs’ beneficiaries (gleam waving, food processing, dairy production, embroidery) were given additional training as a refresher; 540 products were produced and sold in local and national markets; 51 women became able to earn income through learned skill: these women are now self-reliant and are able to secure income for their family. Economic development and vocational training Women receiving food processing training

4 Literacy and health education 45 girls completed level 3 and 6 of literacy program in the community center and were introduced to government school in the community; All the literacy programmatic activity beneficiaries also received health education sessions. Human and women’s rights 174 women enhanced their knowledge on rights related themes (rights of women in context of Islam). A girl during an education session

5 The Development Exchange Center (DEC) Northern Nigeria With support from the CWL, the DEC is working to empower Hausa women in Northern Nigeria with a multi-faceted program that aims to enhance their education, living conditions, political involvement, capacities and ultimately their status in society. Women are receiving skills training in tailoring

6 Improved health in communities 2,071 women, 820 children and 75 men received basic training on personal hygiene and community sanitation; There are now 44 community-based water and sanitation committees; 430 teenagers received workshops on the dangers of teenage pregnancy; Hygiene clubs in 5 communities provided health awareness to 375 adults and 100 children; 775 men, women and youth in 10 communities benefited from routine immunization awareness programs, leading to a decrease in number of polio cases. A young girl is fetching water from the borehole

7 Increased enrolment of girls in schools from 5%-8% after campaigns on the importance of educating girls were held in 8 communities; 30 women were trained on basic literacy and 20 women were sensitized on gender mainstreaming; 410 women received skills training, such as doughnut making, cake baking, Vaseline, hair cream and soap making; 34 women graduated from skills training center with skills in tailoring and knitting; Capacity building training for 30 community development association leaders on budgeting processes; High turnout of female voters in the 2011 elections and many women were able to report cases of molestation during voting. Education and empowerment A young woman learns to write

8 The National Federation of Bolivian Domestic Workers (FENATRAHOB) FENATRAHOB is a national grassroots union for domestic workers in Bolivia. The organization was founded in 1993 with the aim to improve living, working and salary conditions of women working in this sector, which due to its informal nature can lead to the exploitation of the poorest and most vulnerable women. Today, the organization has over 6,500 members and 17 affiliated unions.

9 FENATRAHOB successfully lobbied the Bolivian Government to pass Law 2450, groundbreaking legislation that enshrines the rights and duties of domestic workers and their employers. This has benefited thousands of women in Bolivia who work in this oft-exploited form of work; Today, the organization is working on strengthening this law through nationwide awareness campaigns and consultations with domestic workers to identify amendments that will further improve their living conditions, such as the right to pensions and health insurance. Improving rights for domestic workers in Bolivia Some of the members of FENATRAHOB at a meeting

10 Thanks to FENATRAHOB’s groundbreaking work in Bolivia, domestic workers worldwide will benefit from improved rights. Inspired in part by FENATRAHOB’s efforts, the International Labour Organization adopted Convention 189 and Recommendation 201 on Domestic Workers on June 16th, 2011. These documents proclaim minimum rights for home and domestic workers, and hold tremendous potential to improve the livelihoods of over 100 million domestic workers globally, especially since this informal sector is mostly unregulated, leaving many women highly vulnerable to exploitation. Improved rights for domestic workers worldwide Casimira Rodrigue Romero, a member of FENATRAHOB, went on to become Minister of Justice and Human Rights in Bolivia.

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