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Advancing gender equality and empowering women are key to poverty reduction, economic growth and social development. Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) therefore designs all its programmes and projects to make a contribution to this issue.
In practice, this means implementing measures to give girls and women a better education and fair access to resources such as land, income or capital and alleviate their excessive workload. The way to achieve these goals is to raise women’s participation in political decision-making, from the village to the national level.
Another major concern of Austrian Development Cooperation is preventing violence against women and girls. In South-Eastern Europe in particular, ADC is adamantly committed to combating trafficking in women and girls and also advocates giving women a say in safeguarding peace and human security. This is why implementing the UN Security Council Resolutions 1325, 1820 and the resolutions 1888, 1889 and 1960 on women, peace and security is so important for ADC.
Development cooperation aims to make a tangible contribution to remedying sexual discrimination, particularly of women and girls. Austrian Development Cooperation is committed to this goal. A so-called gender assessment is carried out for all proposed projects to ascertain whether they contribute to gender equality. Binding recommendations can be included in the project agreement, where necessary.
In five different fields of activity, ADC works towards gender equality and women’s empowerment: