Grieg Gender Programme

01-Jul-2020 | News | Petronella Chindumba

Grieg Gender Programme
In the period 2016 to 2019, the Grieg Gender Programme (Grieg Programme) worked to reduce gender discrimination and harmful cultural practices in 105 schools and 35 communities in Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Eswatini.

A special focus was to secure equal educational rights and opportunities for girls and boys. The Grieg Programme worked in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 4, Quality Education and SDG 5, Gender Equality.
The Output Framework (2016–19) was as follows:
I. Caregivers able to provide materials and support to educate girls
II. Decreased incidences of teenage pregnancies
III. Increased security for girls on their journey to/from school and at school
IV. Changed community attitudes towards the importance of educating girls
V. Improved sanitation in schools 

Results of the Grieg Programme include the implementation of the SOS International Gender Equality Policy. The Grieg Foundation has supported the SOS Gender Equality Policy project since 2014. The main results of the project are:
I. SOS International developed a global Gender Equality Policy (2014) which was piloted in selected countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America (2015-16).
II. The pilot generated important leanings for the whole SOS federation (2017-2019) and improved projects to account for gender differences in education, violence against children and the different care roles among male and female parents.
III. The project has led the organization to prioritize gender issues, also at global policy level.
IV. A global SOS Gender Adviser has provided support to Member Associations and initiated new projects
V. A global gender conference was conducted in 2019 where member organizations shared best practices and lessons learned.
VI. Importantly, the project has resulted in development of global indicators to measure results of gender projects. 
VII. SOS International has initiated a project to prevent sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse in all programmes and inside the SOS federation.
In order to continue the implementation of the Grieg Programme, SOS Norway recently signed a grant agreement with the Grieg Foundation for further funding of the programme in Zambia, effective 2020.

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