August 22 , 2020
Cuso International, a nonprofit organisation based in Canada, has launched a five-year project worth 191.7 million Br in the Benishangul-Gumuz Regional State to promote women’s education. Dubbed U-Girl 2, the project is aimed at girls ages 15 to 25, their families and communities to address existing gender barriers that impede their education. The project will provide academic resources, training, tutorials and financial stipends for adolescent girls. Implemented in seven districts, it is expected to benefit 16,500 girls directly and effect an overall reach of 100,000 people. The project is funded by the government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada and is being implemented in cooperation with the Institute of International Education. The U-Girls 2 project will help to address some of the disparities existing in girls’ access to education. That, in turn, will contribute to better participation of women in leadership and politics in the region, according to Solen Abera, lecturer and gender focal person in the Faculty of Health Science at Assosa University. Cuso International works with local partners to amplify their impact in the areas of gender equality, female empowerment and improved economic opportunities for youth.
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