Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association - Funding Support to Strategic Plan 2008-2010
Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (EWLA) is an Ethiopian NGO with the mission to ensure equal rights for women in the Ethiopian society. In fulfilling this mission, EWLA conducts numerous activities under its three core programs: the legal aid program seeks justice for individual victimized women; the research and advocacy program identifies prejudiced laws and works to get them repealed or amended at the judicial level; the public education programs are designed to sensitize and raise awareness of women's rights in both the general public and in members of the government.
EWLA has developed a three-year strategic plan, identifying key strategic objectives for the next three years. These are: (A) elimination of all forms of legally and traditionally sanctioned discrimination against women; (B) ensuring of equal treatment of women with men in education, employment, access to public services and benefits; (C) advocacy of remedial measures for women to redress accumulated consequences of discrimination.
According to these three core objectives, three key program areas have been identified: (a) empowering girls and women in Addis Ababa, Awassa, Adama, Bahir Dar, Dire Dawa, Gambella and Assosa to claim and exercise their legal, economic, social and political rights; (b) enhancing the capacity of law enforcing organs and service providers to enable them to discharge their legal and moral obligations effectively to reduce and gradually eliminate gender based violence (GBV); (c) contribute to the improvement of policies and the legal environment so as to realize women's rights against GBV.
Austria's support is designed to support EWLA in the fulfilment the objectives of its three-year strategic plan, which is funded by a consortium of donors from Great Britain, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Netherlands and Sweden.