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Association for the Development and

Enhancement of Women

Helping women help themselves

About ADEW
 The Association for the Development and
Enhancement of Women (ADEW) was
founded in 1987.
 The Association is registered by the Ministry
of Social Solidarity with the no. 3528 as a
private, voluntary, non-governmental
 ADEW has become a leading feminist NGO
committed to promoting women’s development and
rights in the social, legal and economic spheres.
Our Mission
 Our Mission is to Empower
women especially Female Heads
of House Hold who are usually
marginalized out of the
development mainstream.
 Women Empowerment is
achieved through working on two
levels, The first level is the
women themselves where ADEW
provide them with needed skills,
tools and motivation to change

Our Mission

 The second level is

changing how society
see women away from
stereotypes of being a
helpless burden.

Our vision
 To give women,
especially female heads of
households the chance to
contribute to the own
wellbeing their families
and societies in the legal,
economic, social, political
and cultural arenas in
order to become full
citizens and decision-
makers within the family. 5
Our Goals

1- Empower women
giving them
control over
resources through
the provision of
micro credit loans,
providing training
and job
Our Goals
2- Empower women
socially, giving them
outlets to express
themselves and their
dreams through
interactive life skills,
training and awareness
sessions where they
learn about their basic
rights and adults.

Our Goals
3- Empower women
legally, providing them
with legal existence by
obtaining legal
documentation papers
and help them files
lawsuits if needed

Our Goals
4- Empower women
politically, providing
them with needed skills
and to join the political
5- Channel the voices of
women, their needs and
aspirations to decision
makers through ADEW‘S
strong advocacy
Our Goals

6- Build networks between the civil society and

governmental organization with the aim of women
7- Transfer ADEW‘S model and know- how to other
civil society organizations through training and
capacity building.

Operational Areas
 ADEW works in slum
squatter marginalized areas
in 5 different Governorates
in Egypt, namely:
1- Cairo
2- Qalubiya
3- Gharbiya
5-South Sinai
Target group
 ADEW distinguished itself through its commitment to
promoting the rights of marginalized women and
challenging traditional taboos and models.

 ADEW was the first NGO to address the needs of

Female Heads of Households (FHH) and identify
them as a distinct target group.
 In our continues quest to improve women‘s living
conditions on every level ADEW works with all family
members, providing them with direct service as
health, education, legal aid, and loans. 12
 Micro- credit Program
 Youth lending Program
 Legal Program
 Health Program
 Education Program
1- Egyptian woman speak out program
2- Literacy program
3- Girls‘ Dreams program
4- Scholarships project
 Elimination of violence Program
 Community Mobilization Program
Supportive administrations
 Fundraising department
 Media department
 Training department
 Finance department
 Administration and Human Recourses
 Monitoring and evaluation department

Micro credit Program
 ADEW’S core services rest on the
twin pillars of micro-credit and legal
empowerment. ADEW’S micro-
credit program has served
thousands of women over the past
22 years helping them to improve
their prospects and those of their
 ADEW’S credit program centers on
the concept of 'peer lending'
instead of on traditional notions of
Micro credit Program
 In order to extend the service
to more beneficiaries, ADEW
started an individual lending
program for youth.
 Projects implemented
through the micro credit
program vary from the
commercially, industrial, and

Legal Program
 The Legal Assistance Program
originally began to help women
obtain official documentation and
raise women‘s awareness on
legal rights.
 The program soon expanded to
legal service assisting women
with personal status problems and
conjugal matters.

Legal Program
 ADEW files lawsuits in
courts to help
marginalized women
obtain their legal rights,
various spheres such
as divorce, custody,

Health Program
 ADEW works in slum squatter
areas lacking services such
as medical care, water and
sanitation garbage collected
such situation leaves women
their families in a health
hazard where a lot of
diseases spread.
 Accordingly ADEW provides
such communities with
medical services through
medical convoys providing 19
check up and medication.
Health Program
 In addition ADEW raises health awareness of
women through sessions tackling day to day
issues that affect the health of women and
their families.
 Health Program also works on reproductive
health awareness through seminars held
especially for women
 Discussing FGM and its consequences and
antenatal care, post Partum care children,
personnel hygiene and appropriate age of

Community Mobilization program
 ADEW intensified its effort to
enhance the local community's ability
to help themselves.
 Community leaders were selected,
trained to play a central role in
identifying and solving local
 Coming up with solutions through
periodical meetings, ADEW facilitate
solutions executive through officials
at the district and governorate levels.
Education Program
 Providing literacy, awareness raising, skill training
and support to women and girls in the formal and
informal education sectors:
Informal Education
1- Egyptian woman speak out program
2- Girls’ Dreams Program
3- Literacy program
Formal Education:
1- Girls scholarships.
Egyptian Women Speak Out Program
 Uneducated poor women in slum
squatter areas lack personal
confidence and leadership skills
to play a powerful role in family
and community affairs.
 In 1999, ADEW collaborated
with CEDNA and John Hopkins
University to host classes that
would teach women how to be
socially empowered and gave
self esteem. 23
Egyptian Women Speak Out

 The EWSO classes

provide women from 18-
55 years old with
negotiation skills, problem
solving, communication
skills in addition to health
and legal awareness.

Girls’ Dreams Program
 Girls from age of 12 till
18 usually overseen in
all development
initiatives especially in
squatter areas. Thus
ADEW designed and
implemented the girls’
dreams program that
attend to these girls.

Girls’ Dreams Program
 Girls undertake a great deal
of the burden of the
household’s domestic work
upon reaching puberty, and
continue to shoulder
responsibility for
childrearing, cooking,
household finances, and
cleaning until marriage.

Girls’ Dreams Program
 Through the program
ADEW provide these
goals with avenue to
vent and dreams where
they can freely express
themselves, learn about
the outside world, gain
basic skills in addition to
simple handicrafts.

Literacy Program
 ADEW recognized that
literacy is pivotal to
building women’s self-
esteem and resistance to
legal exploitation.
 In collaboration with the
National Adult Education
Agency, ADEW contact
literacy classes to women
in slum areas. 28
Literacy Program
 Yet ADEW adds to the
national curricula health
and legal awareness in
addition to life skills
 ADEW uses film
-screenings, trips, informal
tests and extracurricular
activities to make learning
an enjoyable experience
and the class make 29
Formal Education- Girls scholarships
 working with family
approach, ADEW
provides girls in schools
with scholarship to
prevent them to drop out
of school.
 ADEW provides school
fees, uniforms, and
Formal Education- Girls scholarships
 Additionally we
provide students
with private tutoring
classes to improve
their school

Violence Elimination Program
 ADEW, through its diversified outreach activities was
able to discover women suffering from abuse with no
way out of their plight.

 Through Field research and in-depth interviews with

444 women in seven low-income urban areas in
Cairo and Alexandria showed that 96% reported
serious abuse by their husbands.

 Accordingly ADEW decided to start its Violence

Elimination Program.
Violence Elimination Program
 The Program works on
two pillars; awareness
raising about violence, its
repercussions and
providing shelter for
abused women
 Working on awareness
raising about violence, its
definition, types and ways

ADEW‘S Shelter “House of Eve”
 Being the first civil shelter for abused
women in Egypt, House of Eve, is the
answer for a lot of women's quest for
 In Some cases, women suffer
unbearable, pushing women to flee their
homes with no place to go. ADEW,
provides them with temporary shelter.
 The shelter is placed outside the suburbs
of Cairo, yet, can be easily reached by
abused women nationwide.

Services Provided at the shelter
 Psychological listening
 Medical services
 Illiteracy eradication classes
 Legal aid (if ongoing law suit
to obtain her rights for
divorce, alimony and/or
custody) and issue civil
identification documents.
 Vocational training 35
Achievements 2008
Legal program:
 ADEW issued 6117 legal document for women.

Micro- credit Program

 ADEW gave loans to 3236 women, with a sum of
money 3439100 L.E, 32 young people with sum
61000 L.E.

Achievements 2008
Community Mobilization Program:
 100 women, men and youth joined community
mobilization program and were trained to act as a
link between our staff and people in our working

Violence Elimination Program

 House of Eve hosted 100 women and their children
through the year, 480 lestining sessions, and 66
awareness sessions.
Education Program Achievements 2008
Girls‘ Dreams program:
 357 girls graduated in 17 Girls‘ Dreams classes.

Literacy program
 440 women graduated in 22 literacy program classes.
Egyptian woman speak out program
 408 women graduated in 18 classes of Egyptian woman
speak out.
Scholarships project
 Offering educational scholarships including school fees,
school uniforms, stationary and other services to 9289
Our Donors
• Ford Foundation • Sawiris Foundation
• European Commission • Swiss Fund
• Global Fund for Women • Open Society Institute
• Global Fund for Children • GTZ
• Italian Debt Swap • British Council
• Australian Embassy • Finnish Embassy
• V-Day • Citibank
• UBS united bank of


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