Ethiopian Women's and Girl's Empowerment through Education and Reproductive Health Knowledge and Access to Services
With funding from the Packard Foundation, this project sought to improve girls’ education, increase awareness of reproductive rights, educate girls and women about reproductive health, and improve awareness of and access to appropriate, quality health services. Pathfinder worked with three regional women’s associations to address critical issues such as reducing harmful traditional practices including child marriage and female genital cutting; reducing gender-based violence; promoting peer education related to improved health practices; and providing scholarships to girls with the potential to become leaders in their communities.
This project, now closed, sensitized more than four million people, including education and community leaders, about the benefits of girls’ education, delayed marriage, family planning and RH services, and elimination of harmful traditional practices. The project also developed and implemented a peer mentor and role model program, which created meaningful opportunities for lasting changes in behavior. The project achieved its high level of success as a result of well-coordinated efforts between Pathfinder, local implementing partners, the local communities, and government stakeholders.
With this five-year award from CDC, Pathfinder works with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to increase access to and use of cervical cancer prevention services among HIV-positive women in Ethiopia.
Pathfinder increased access to and demand for prevention of mother-to-child transmission services through the creation of a community-based, integrated model in cooperation with the Ministry of Health.
A USAID-funded program that supports the efforts of the Government of Ethiopia to improve family planning/reproductive health services and maternal and child health in four regions of the country.
Dr. Tauseef Ahmed, Pakistan country director of Pathfinder International, a non-profit organisation working to improve adolescent and youth access to sexual and reproductive health services in more than 30 countries, says that early pregnancy is not uncommon among teenage brides. In fact, having a baby is a way of proving one’s fertility, and the values of adolescent pregnancy are “protected by women and girls themselves,” he told IPS.
See Ethiopians—rural women, an Orthodox Priest, the First Lady of Ethiopia, and more—share why they believe family planning is key to their country’s development.