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Cross-cutting Issues

Gender equality

Gender is not an “issue” or a sector on its own. It is integral to every issue and area of work. It is not a stand-alone matter.

We work towards Men and women to have equal rights and opportunities in all areas of society and the economy if sustainable development is to be achieved. A gender impact assessment should be undertaken for all programmes. A gender impact assessment involves looking for gender relevance at every step of policy and activities, with the aim of avoiding reproducing discrimination on the grounds of gender and to promote equality between women and men.

HIV and AIDS

The impact of HIV and AIDS is disproportionately high in the developing world – home to 95 per cent of those living with the disease. The secretariat is doing its best to deliver health care to those people who are living with the virus as well We aim to prevent infections by educating girls and boys on sexual and reproductive health.

At the same time, poor people infected with HIV are often too sick to work and earn an income. They often have neither the resources to pay for medical treatment nor the nutritious diet needed to tolerate the strong medication. We are providing financial and moral support to individuals to set up their own business and support themselves.

Women empowerment

We educates and empowers women who are disadvantaged with the skills and confidence necessary to get a job, create a healthy lifestyle, and enable them to support themselves and their children

When women are supported and empowered, all of society benefits. Their families are healthier, more children go to school, agricultural productivity improves and incomes increase. In short, communities become more resilient.

Reintegration of Women Returnees from Middle-East

Every year, thousands of women and girls are trafficked from Ethiopia to the Middle East, specifically in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. One estimate states that as many as 1,000 Ethiopian girls are trafficked to Beirut, Lebanon each month. Most Ethiopian females think that there are a better opportunities in Arab state to make their futures better.

But what some face on the ground is inadequate working conditions, exposition to physical and sexual abuse, their passports being taken away by their employers, being expected to work 24 hours per day, and not being able to have contact with their family and some even experience mental disorder.

Currently, MCS is working with caritas international in the reintegration process by providing training/capacity building, financial and psychological support for returnees to ensure women returning from middle-east are not re-trafficked and have alternative income generating opportunities in Ethiopia.