SWDC believes that gender equality, and women’s empowerment are essential to the development of society, Therefore, it is very necessary to work to promote equality and women’s’ empowerment.
There are no laws excluding or limiting women participating in the political process as an example, however, the reality is very different posterior to cultural factors. It was held that women should with a minimum hold 30 % of the seats in the federal parliament. Only 14 % was achieved, which subsequently increased to 25 % due to resistance from the public. The 26-member cabinet had only 3 members who were women, and later one was removed and another resigned, and both members were replaced by men. This reflects the society’s current attitude towards women and gender equality. SWDC wants to change this perception, and achieve a society where both genders have equal opportunity in the workforce.
The foundation of a functioning society thrives on the right of access to education, healthcare, technology, and furthermore the right to life, and family. These universal human rights should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their gender.
Women account for one-half of the potential human capital in any economy. More than half a billion women have joined the world’s work force over the past 30 years, and they make up 40 percent of the agriculture labour force. According to the World Bank, countries with greater gender equality are more prosperous and competitive.
SWDC’s approach to a society build on gender equality and women empowerment:
Gender equality is an important right and a powerful driving force for growth, development and stability. The strategy implemented by SWDC consists of the following:
- Enhancing women’s voice in decision-making, leadership and peace-building.
- Promoting women’s economic empowerment
- Ending violence against women and girls