1 in 3 women worldwide will experience some form of physical or sexual violence in their lifetime

Over one billion women and girls around the world will be subjected to gender-based violence in their lifetime. That’s why we’ve launched our Women’s Protection Fund to help vulnerable women worldwide.

We’re tackling gender-based violence in all its forms:

  • Harmful Traditional Practices (HTP)
  • Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C)
  • Early/Forced Marriage (EFM)
  • Domestic Violence (DV)
  • Human trafficking
  • So-called “honour” killings
  • Widow inheritance

Islamic Relief is tackling violence against women and working to establish gender justice across the globe but we need your help to continue our crucial work.

Fighting FGM/C in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, poverty and harmful socio-cultural practices mean that young women and girls face a range of discrimination and are left with a significant lack of opportunities. Girls are more likely to drop out of school at an early age, in part due to the risk of being forced into an early marriage, and are left lacking in critical numeracy and literacy skills.

What’s more, harmful cultural practices such as female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) violate women and girl’s physical, sexual and emotional rights and place them at risk of immense harm and even death.

That’s why we’re funding projects such as ‘Combatting Gender-Based Violence and Economic Empowerment’. We’re working with faith leaders and training local community champions to challenge harmful cultural practices such as FGM/C and early / forced marriage from within the community. We combine this with skilled-based training to help women and girls become more empowered and independent.

From this community, two champions clearly stand out: former FGM/C practitioners, Afron, 68 years old, and Ebla, 54 years old, from Takthagar village. After taking part in the trainings, they openly declared they would stop practicing FGM/C – even though this was how they made a living. Supported by Islamic Relief, Afron and Ebla received cash loans to start alternative businesses and leave FGM/C behind for good.

By working with all members of the local communities on the ground to strengthen their economic, social and physical rights, young women and girls become more financially independent and safe from harm. Through education and training, they can stand up for their rights as we work with local imams, clan leaders and members of the community to truly honour women and girls.

£25 could provide solar lighting in refugee camps to protect vulnerable women and girls

£45 could provide five women with access to a safe space for a year with skills training and psychosocial support

£110 could empower a woman by providing basic literacy and numeracy training


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