Equity & Women’s Empowerment

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Groundswell believes social equity is central to any definition of community and societal well-being.  All people deserve the opportunity to fulfill their potential. We work in rural communities in Africa, Latin America and Asia where these issues are highly relevant. Globally, poverty is heavily concentrated among these family farming communities. Women now are responsible for the majority of agricultural labor, in addition to fulfilling other household and community responsibilities.  In many cases women are deprived of an equal voice, even while they are taking up increasing community leadership roles as men are forced to migrate for work. Groundswell prioritizes the creation of opportunities for leadership and involvement by women. In most cases women make up the majority of our program participants.

While the dynamic of gender cuts across all ethnic and social groups, Groundswell also works to ensure that all people are respected and have opportunities – whether they are excluded because of age, ethnicity, language, culture, rural isolation or for other reasons.

Our Principles:

  • Groundswell’s organizational structure and internal practices will reflect our commitment to gender, ethnic and other forms of equity.
  • Groundswell is committed to partnering with organizations and movements that are dedicated to addressing gender, ethnic and other forms of inequalities in their work.
  • Within a framework of respect for the culture of the people with whom we are working we will seek to transform social practices and beliefs that perpetuate gender, ethnic and other forms of inequality.
  • The responsibility for identifying and working towards social change around gender relations belongs to both men and women.

Our Strategies:

  • Groundswell’s commitment to gender, ethnic and other forms of equity is used as a criterion for identifying program partners.  
  • Analyze Groundswell policies and practices to ensure gender and other forms of equity.
  • Analyze and understand local cultural dynamics related to gender status and relations.
  • Support people to meet basic needs through a process that builds towards achieving strategic interests.
  • Empower people (women and men) to overcome the constraints and barriers to gender equity.
  • Evaluate our impact on gender equity using indicators that are contextually appropriate and determined by those being impacted.

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