Our Approach to Women’s Empowerment
Across our programs, PCI integrates strategies to put resources and decision-making into women’s hands, while targeting social norms and structural barriers that limit women’s choices and freedom.
Our economic empowerment initiatives help women expand their economic opportunities and increase their incomes, whether it’s providing aspiring entrepreneurs with basic business skills training or working with local businesses to increase women’s roles in value chains.
Programs like Women Empowered (WE) provide a platform for women to increase their confidence, exercise leadership skills, form social networks and engage in collective action.
Concerted efforts are needed to tackle persistent inequities in health outcomes. This is why our women’s health programs focus on connecting women to accurate information and quality, respectful services for reproductive and maternal health, HIV testing and treatment, and cervical cancer screening. We also support women in adopting life-saving health and nutrition behaviors for good maternal, newborn and child health.
Yet working with women alone is not enough to bring about gender equality.
PCI promotes an enabling environment by working with families, communities and leaders to challenge harmful attitudes and practices and bring about change. This includes community-based projects to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.