The Young Urban Women: Life Choices and Livelihood project set out to mobilize and empower 1,000 Young Urban Women living in poverty in the Tamale Metropolitan area of Northern Ghana. Through empowerment, campaigning, and solidarity the YUW project is dedicated to increasing participant’s economic independence, enhancing YUW’s control over their own bodies, and assisting these young women in finding and sharing their voice regionally, nationally and internationally.
- Young Urban Women have access to safe and decent work/livelihoods and can exercise greater control over their income.
- Young Urban Women increasingly make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health
- Young Urban Women are empowered and supported by allies and responsible stakeholders in order to effect change in their lives, families, communities, and government
Phase I of this project, funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and in partnership with Action Aid Ghana, has come to an end and the Gender and Governance programme area of NORSAAC is thrilled to share the projects success.
Here are a few achievements NORSAAC is most proud of;
- The Young Urban Project has mobilized over 1000 young women, in 40 groups, whom have all been trained on; leadership, communication, advocacy, livelihood opportunities, sexual and reproductive health, unpaid care work, sexual harassment, labour act, women’s rights, human rights and decent work among others.
- The project provided 4 young women with a fully sponsored 12 month training program in fashion design from Vlisco academy as well as supported 25 young women to train in tailoring (5), beadmaking(5), hairdressing(5), smock weaving (5) and local cloth making (5). All 5 hairdressers and bead makers graduated from training by end of 2015.
- Financial support has been given to 59 young women to assist in growing their businesses.
- 50-60% of Young Urban Women have reported reductions in their unpaid care work.
One association has reviewed their constitution to include rights of apprentices and channels for addressing sexual harassment. Two other associations are in the process of doing this also.216 young women have championed radio discussions and public sensitizations regaurding women's unpaid care burden in communities and families, decent work, young women friendly sexual and reproductive services, teenage pregnancy, kayayei, water shortage in Tamale.
The Gender and Governance programme area of NORSAAC plans to move forward with phase II of the Young Urban Women project in 2016. This phase will focus on the Young Urban Women Movement, increased campaigning and skills training and will be sponsored by Huwlett Foundation through ActionAid Ghana.