Youth and Women Empowerment Department





By taking into account the different needs, opportunities and conditions of boys, girls, women & men, a more successful preparation, implementation & operation of development programs can be achieved. Therefore, a detail gender equality strategy along with the gender action plan is very crucial for an organization to critically consider integration of gender both at programming & organization level to ensure the gender equality outcomes of programs and organizational culture.

ECC-SDCBOM is committed to sustainable, inclusive and equitable development in which the worth of the disadvantages is in the forefront. Therefore, the Gender Strategy and action plan expresses ECC-SDCBOM’s commitments to gender equality and active youth participation intervention at organizational and programming level.

The gender and youth strategy objectives are to ensure gender equality and this requires at community level equal enjoyment by girls, boys, men and women of socially valued goods, opportunities, resources and rewards at organizational level equal benefit to organization resources, opportunities and decisions both for male and female employees.

Meki Catholic Church officially started the implementation of women empowerment projects in 1995. Back then, the Church has been implementing women promotion projects through its parish to empower women through skill transfer. Having a great deal of experience from this project, Meki Catholic Secretariat (MCS) started to implement women in development (WID) and later gender in development (GAD) projects to more fully address women needs.



From 2006 onwards, MCS tried to focus on strategic needs of women to make their empowerment inclusive and started to design women and youth specific projects, which focuses on education, social and economic empowerment. MCS not only started implementing women empowerment projects but also took the initiative to conduct organizational gender audit to ensure the gender equality and equity are adequately addressed in the development programs and in the organizational development culture. After the gender audit, it established Gender and Youth department to adequately integrate gender equality & equity both in programmatic and organizational culture.

As of December, 2018, ECC-SDCBOM has six women empowerment project which focuses on economic,social and educational empowerment of women. The projects targeted17,471 beneficiaries (16,751 females, 420 boys and 300 children) with a total budget of Birr 105,836,673.30. This project includes Girls gain, Female genital mutilation, Women promotion and solidarity gift, Migrant Returnees and Potential Migrants Capacity Building, Women in Development and Family development projects















MCS designed Girls Gain project to empower adolescent girls to reach their potential in East Shoa, West Arsi and Arsi Zones of six districts through improving socio-cultural environment that exist around adolescent girls, increasing the net enrollment and academic performance of girls and diversifying livelihood options for out school girls. A total of 11,236 adolescent girls in 28 rural kebeles are benefiting from the project intervention. The project has a duration of four years (from October 2018-Septmeber 2022) with allocated budget of Birr 62,081,997.01.

















Women promotion and solidarity gift project focuses on improving the livelihood of poor and vulnerable women and youths in East Shoa Zone of Dugda District through reducing the workload of women, increasing their income and improving their effective use of communal and private land. The project provides Donkey and cart as the main means to reduce women workload in rural Kebeles of Dugda District. The project also provides shoats as a means of creating assets for the women. A total of 700 women are benefiting from the project. The project has a duration of three years (from January 2018 to December 2021) with the allocated budget of Birr 16,439,500.00.


ECC-SDCBOM also designed projects to address urban women needs in Zeway and Chole through projects called Women in Development and Family Development projects.These projects focused on improving the socio-economic states of vulnerable women and their families. Women in Development project have 610 (460 women & girls and 150 children) clients in Zeway town with the objective of promoting female education, supporting women self-sustainability and promoting gender equity with allocated budget of Birr 10,111,606.44 for three years period (January 2018-December 2020). On the other hand, Family development project of Chole targets two kebeles of Chole districts with the objective of increasing diversified income source for women, promoting girl’s education and improving socio-cultural environment that exist around girls and women. This project is benefiting 750 (600 women and 150 children) beneficiaries with allocated budget of Birr 3,305,910.00 for three years period starting from October 2018 until September 2021.




Having the purpose of reducing female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and empowering rural women and girls, MCS has designed and implementing a project entitled Don’t Make Me Suffer (Sikayen Atabizut): Reduce FGM project operates in East Shoa and Arsi Zones of four districts. The project mainly focuses on rising awareness on the impact of FGM and providing quality health service for women who have FGM complication with partnership of Bushulo Health center. The project targeted to benefit 3,815 (3395 female and 420 male) beneficiaries starting from November 2018 to October 2021 with allocated budget of Birr 7, 04,707.25.




















ECC-SDCBOM has been implementing Migration projects in Oromia region since from 2013 - 2019. The first phase is named as Initiating a Global Approach in Supporting & Empowering Migrants (IGAEM) and the second phase is named as Migrant Returnees & Potential Migr-ants Capacity Building project (MR & PMCBP). The purpose of both phases is contributing for livelihood improvement of Migrant returnees and Potential Migrants through Provision of vocational trainings and startup capital to engage in income generating activities (IGAs) and get settled in their country of origin. The total beneficiaries the project addressed were 120 in phase one & 240 in phase two. From among them 330 are returnees from Middle East and 30 are potential migrants from East Shoa Zone. The implementing strategy of the both phase is email communication or network based with Caritas Lebanon Migrants Center in referring returnees to MCS. The total budget for both phase is birr 13,897,659.85.