Empowering 900 women and girl survivors of violence with shelter, skills training, access to legal justice and creating safer communities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

By Ethiopiaid

Registered Charity

Empowering 900 women and girl survivors of violence with shelter, skills training, access to legal justice and creating safer communities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Executive Summary

To contribute towards SDG5 (‘Eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls’), our focus is on identifying, referring, rehabilitating gender-based violence (GBV) and preventing future cases by collaborating with trained community members in Addis. Aim:improved health, skills & safety for 900 female survivors of GBV through access to AWSAD safe house services, income generation training, education and law-enforcement support. This will contribute towards creating safer communities in Addis, by addressing root causes of GBV. AWSAD have 15 years’ experience strengthening community prevention and referral networks and expert safehouse delivery.    
Results after 3 years:   
1) 900 women&girls rehabilitated, confident, self-sufficient.       
2.)Strengthened capacity of 60 law-enforcement in Addis to prosecute perpetrators of violence   
3) Creating safer communities in 10 subcities of Addis with trained members referring violence and preventing future cases

Impact Indicators

People: Social Impact

Number of Lives Impacted:



Female, Male


0-3, 4-11, 12-17, 18-25, 26-40, 41-60, 60+

Employment Status:

Student, Employed, Self-employed, Unemployed


Disabled, Non-Disabled


Urban, Suburban

Planet: Environmental Impact







Topic and Activity Grid



Women Empowerment

Community Engagement

Education & Training






Goods Provision

Infrastructure Provision

Services Provision

Research & Development

Raising Awareness





Project Outcome Indicators

Short Term:

— Number of female survivors reporting low wellbeing and lack of skills & education upon entry to safe house

All women and girls at the safe house displaying confidence and progress in basic education and health (mental & physical).

— Number of female survivors reporting unprosecuted GBV cases

Increased number of female survivors progressing legal cases to court and securing prosecutions against perpetrators

Long Term:

— Level of commitment and understanding of trained uniform personnel &

An increased number of uniformed personnel & prosecutors can identify violence against women and girls in the community and are committed to supporting legal follow up efforts

— Level of commitment and understanding of trained community members through establishing violence prevention committees

An increased number of community members understand what constitutes violence, how to report and are committed to promoting gender equality within community - marking a change in attitudes towards women and violence through community violence prevention committees

— Level of commitment and understanding of teachers & school children to referring & preventing violence against women & girls

An increased number of educational professionals & students from 16 schools can identify suspected GBV amongst students, know how to report and are committed to promoting gender equality at school

— Number of female survivors who are receiving safe house services, reporting better wellbeing and skill in their chosen income generating activity/education

Improved health, income-generation skills, education and safety of 900 female survivors of gender-based violence in Addis Ababa


900 (300 per year) survivors of violence (aged 0-60 years) staying at AWSAD’s Addis safe house (typically 3-9 months) receive care to promote sustainable recovery from trauma: nutritious meals, clothing, medical care, individual/group counselling, self-defence classes, music and dance therapy, legal case preparation (practising testimony, transport to court) and income skills workshops (cooking, tailoring, hairdressing).  Ex residents stay in monthly contact. 
 240 (approx. 80 annually) primary school teachers and 300 (100 annually) primary school children (50% male, female split) trained at afterschool clubs in handling peer-pressure, signs of violence and assertiveness. All become equipped to challenge/reject violence. Girls prevented from school dropout by gifted sanitary pads, school uniform/book support. 
60 police & women’s affairs officers (20 annually – 10 police, 10 women’s affairs) trained in sensitive case-handling and stress management. Given training manual for wider staff 
50 prosecutors (50% male,female split) trained in key role of bringing perpetrators to justice, how to support AWSAD caseload and lobby for stronger sentences. 
612 community leaders (204 annually) trained at local community centres in harmful impact of violence on family and community, gender roles, signs of violence.  Community facilitators appointed to spread awareness and educational materials.  Meet fortnightly: discuss reported cases and host coffee ceremonies to share information.



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will provide Food (injera, vegetables, oil, lentils, bread flour) for one survivor's 3 month stay at the safe house


will provide Gender-based violence prevention & referral training to 20 police officers in Addis Ababa


will provide One year's salary for a safe house counsellor to support emotional recovery of survivors of violence


3 years

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Goal 1: No Poverty

This goal focuses on the poor and vulnerable, and aims to: reduce the population living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions, build a policy environment that is supportive of the poor and vulnerable, ensure that the poor and vulnerable have equal rights to economic resources and basic services, land & property, and reduce their exposure to the risks of economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters.

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

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Goal 3: Good Health And Wellbeing

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Goal 4: Quality Education

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Goal 5: Gender Equality

This goal seeks to end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere. There is a specific focus on violence, trafficking and other types of exploitation, as well as a recognition of unpaid care work, provision of basic public services, and full reproductive and sexual rights. In the spirit of equality of access and opportunity, there is a workplace leadership and economic element, as well as the creation of an empowering policy environment for women and girls at all levels.

Goal 6: Clean Water And Sanitation

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Goal 8: Decent Work And Economic Growth

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Goal 9: Industry Innovation And Infrastructure

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Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

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Goal 11: Sustainable Cities And Communities

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Goal 12: Responsible Consumption And Production

This goal promotes the move towards sustainability of consumption and production on a national and global scale, and covers everything from transparency and clarity on consumer choice, to the sustainable management of waste from industrial production. This Goal specifically looks at influencing businesses (through recommendation and policy) to incorporate sustainability into their procurement, staffing, and reporting, such that sustainability is embedded in the consumption and production cycle.

Goal 13: Climate Action

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Goal 14: Life Below Water

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Goal 15: Life On Land

This goal encompasses all elements of the protection, restoration and sustainable use of our terrestrial ecosystems. This includes a commitment to protecting forests, creating a coherent plan against soil degradation, desertification, and the destruction of habitats of flora and fauna, all of which are critical to biodiversity and sustainable development. This is to be encouraged at a policy level, with a commitment to mobilise resources (financial and non-financial) to enable this conservation.

Goal 16: Peace, Justice And Strong Institutions

This goal focuses on the promotion, development, and maintenance of strong institutions to ensure peace, justice, and inclusion in society. This is detailed as promoting transparency, reducing crime in all forms including terrorism, violent and financial crimes, ensuring every individual is provided a legal identity and has equal and fair access to these institutions.

Goal 17: Partnerships For The Goals

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Your project is addressing the following pillars:


An end to poverty and hunger in all their forms and dimensions. A world where all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality, and in a healthy environment.


Protecting the planet from degradation, creating cycles of sustainable consumption and production, management of natural resources and taking action on climate change. This is all to ensure the planet can support the needs of present and future generations.


Fostering peaceful, just, and inclusive societies that are free from fear and violence. This is a necessary state for sustainable development.


Ensuring that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives, and that technological, social and economic progress occurs in harmony with nature.


To mobilise the means required to achieve the other four impact themes, through including the participation of all countries, stakeholders and people.

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