linked with our presentation of Netsanet Mengistu – Ethiopia.

And linked with our presentation of towards helping women to fulfill their responsibilities.

PROGYNIST, Women Empowerment Indigenous NGO:

Mission: PROGYNIST is an indigenous non political, non religious and not-for- profit NGO established to promote the welfare and contribution of Ethiopian women to the political, socio-economic and environmental development and management of their country.

PROGYNIST believes that empowering women is strengthening civil society and acknowledging its role in sustainable development.

To ensure such sustainability, PROGYNIST focuses on projects uplifting women’s economic status by employing gender-fair and environment friendly technology.

Fields of Intervention:

Assisting women to gain access to credit, Business Development facilities, and other institutional support mechanisms through Meklit Micro Finance Institution (the establishment was initiated by Progynist for this purpose)

Conducting non-formal education on a variety of syllabus for women and access to primary education for children who could not get the opportunity to go to school.

Awareness creation programs on the rights of female children and community sensitization on the prevention of the abuse of children in general

Construction of Health & Sanitary facilities,

Providing family health education including basic training in birth attending and first aid health services

Advocating, Lobbying, addressing HIV/AIDS related social and economic issues

Conducting Tutorial classes for high school leaving girl students

Designing specific training programmes aimed at improving the technical, managerial and participatory capacities of women


The total number of women who have access to credit and savings services has reached 441

487 Female children become beneficiaries of alternative basic education. Since the commencement of the alternative basic education program, it has been possible to educate 487 female children and enable them to enroll in the formal schools

Facilitators have been recruited from among the surrounding areas and were given adequate training. In-service training was also organized for upgrading their skills

As part of its effort to combat poverty by creating employment, PROGYNIST has so far trained a total of 100 female youngsters in various fields such as embroidery and tailoring, food preparation, civics, home management and basic health care. Currently 71 female youngsters are pursuing their training.

Organized a total of 800 micro and small scale business into 35 cooperatives, so as to tackle their common problems more effectively

Five cooperatives were given working space in Nazreth

All the cooperatives, including the Embroiders cooperative, have constructed their shops using their own savings as well as credit services from Meklit Micro Finance Institution

Facilitated the sponsorship of two MSEs to participate in “Hanover 200”, the widely acclaimed German exhibition.


Local Progynist.

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