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Women’s Empowerment

Soroptimists develop, finance and implement projects that give women better access to economic empowerment opportunities.

Soroptimists help women and girls get the education and practical skills needed to enter the labour force and become economically independent.

Many Soroptimist projects in the area of economic empowerment are conducted in partnership with micro-credit organisations, companies and other institutions. Together with our partners, we provide women with the skills and resources required to excel as entrepreneurs or employees. We also help women gain access to credit so that they can start their own businesses.

Our economic empowerment projects extend to remote rural areas where women are often caught in a poverty trap and spend much of their time on menial tasks. We build wells in communities to reduce the time women spend fetching water for cleaning or cooking and train women on how to increase their crop yields and sell their produce.

Sample project “Caminhar” – Empowerment for elderly immigrant women

In Portugal, the phenomenon of ageing in the population is growing, giving way to social responses which consist mainly in institutionalising the elderly. However, the immigrant population of African origin adopted the social practice of keeping the elders in the community, often by creating informal support networks and social sharing groups. Women, in particular, are […]

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