H4O for Women's Empowerment
Malagasy families and households are managed and run by women. They are the pillars of the households and they bear the responsibility of daily (unpaid) activities. Yet, Malagasy women remain highly vulnerable to violence and discrimination and often lack the means to emancipate themselves due to time poverty, lack of economic independence and decision-making power.
Help for Optimism works with women and for women. As a matter of fact, H4O in Madagascar is 100% run by a trained team of local women.
The approach is based on sharing knowledge and expertise, ensuring access to resources and creating a gender-inclusive dialogue to train and shape women leaders. The interventions are designed to be gender-responsive infrastructures that reduce exposure to gender-based violence by improving privacy and menstrual hygiene. Moreover, H4O works to reverse gender-based dynamics by providing women with specific training and good wages to be empowered and independent.
This enables women to be safe, economically independent and to obtain a key role in decision-making processes within their communities.