Since 1993 East African Consortium International (EACI) was working towards women’s protection and empowerment. This has been the case and still is because EACI is run by group of ladies who are ever determined to east the problems fazed by their country women. Over the decades during the civil war women and children were the utmost recipients of undeterred violence. This is evident from the UN and its partners findings in the year 2012 when they recorded 277 violence against women in which 237 were rape cases and this was Mogadishu alone. If you go through the main Somali towns you will certainly notice ladies selling items at the road side they are often selling bunches of Khat, fuel in jerry cans or meat and milk. You may think these are the illiterate, married and middle age women. Well that is not entirely the case because researches conducted by organizations such as Fursad, Somali Business Chamber of commerce and Somali Research and Education Network in the last two years suggests that 44% of the Somali university graduates are females of which only 7% of them have landed jobs after graduation. Which means others would or had probably have joined the street side market or resorted to become somewhat nature forced housewives.
EACI has many years back identified IDPs women as its priority beneficiaries and unfortunately they still remain the most vulnerable group today. This is because when she was a child the Somali culture was not on her side and she was not given the fair chance equal to her brother in education. When she is young women in the IDPs she is seen as easy sexual object targeted by any local militia and moreover when she is married in the camp she is often fazed with problems ranging from lack of health care or necessary nourishment during the pregnancy and post-delivery.
Therefore, EACI intends to secure a project that can see these women more empowered and secure in their body and minds. And that is why in the following subsection EACI objectives are brief and precise.
- Increase level of security, livelihood and primary health support to both host and IDP women(prioritizing IDP women).
- Foster better host and IDP communities relationship
- Increase and encourage female literature by ensuring more girls go to schools and small business owners of women learn at least how to do their bookkeeping.
- Support graduate girls find not jobs but suitable jobs that will allow them utilize their talents with their dignity intact.
Economic Empowerment Program: