Women’s Rights Programme
We have a long-running partnership agreement with Irish Aid to run the Women’s Rights Programme, ActionAid Ireland’s flagship development programme.
The Women’s Rights Programme have been running since 2012, with the overall goal of the programme being, increase the safety and security of women and girls and improve their economic wellbeing, by working with women, girls, boys, men and relevant system actors to build community capacity to prevent violence against women and girls and support women’s livelihoods in the three countries (Kenya, Ethiopia and Nepal).
The programme also aims to deepen the Irish public’s understanding and support for overseas development aid over the lifetime of the programme. To realise Women’s Rights outcomes of safety and economic security, ActionAid Ireland has since 2017 consistently applied an actor-based behaviour change model, building on recommendations made by the evaluation of the previous programme cycle.
ActionAid Ireland and UCL Centre for Behaviour Change have been collaborating on the programme, which integrates the Behaviour Change Wheel framework (Michie et al, 2014) within an adaptive programming approach to create an innovative approach to programme implementation. You can read more about the approach in our Behaviour Change Manual, Using the Behaviour Change Wheel Framework within Gender-Focused International Development Programmes: A Field Guide, here.
You can read also read a summary of the Behaviour Change Manual here.
In Kenya, ActionAid worked with Lady Constance Ludi – the only lady chief from Taita Taveta county Kenya – through the Irish Aid funded women’s rights programme. Chief Lady Constance worked with local women and identified that the majority of the women in this region were unaware of their rights and in turn were holding back from reporting cases of gender-based violence. They also identified that there was no referral system in place in which patients were referred from the doctor to the hospital or social worker.
Working with ActionAid they organised online forums to educate local women on their rights. As a direct impact of this work, there was an increase in the reports of gender-based violence. In addition, because of the increased demand and emphasis on gender based violence services in the area, the county government made additional resources available for referral mechanisms.