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November 2013, Nigeria: Christian Aid partners provide election observer training ahead of the Anambra gubernatorial election.

Giving people a voice

Christian Aid works to empower members of poor and marginalised communities to take up leadership positions and so influence the decisions that affect their lives.

Women and leadership

Despite prejudice and discrimination often faced by women in Sierra Leone, our partner’s work has helped them to strengthen their voice and take leadership positions in their communities on issues such as child marriage and health. Indeed, women were essential in the fight against Ebola, spreading prevention messages to protect their communities.

Mariama, part of the Kailahun Women in Governance Network, draws her life map

The biggest difference is that this project has encouraged more women to get into politics.

Mariama

Steps in shifting power

In our Voice to the People programme in Nigeria, around 90% of people sampled from the communities with which we worked confirmed there has been a positive change in the extent to which women are involved in decision making and leadership.

In Zambia, our partner supported developing relationships with political parties and this contributed to the election of new female MPs.

In Kenya, women leaders have been invited to join the Massai council of elders to advise them on gender and sexual reproductive health – the first time that women have been included in the all-male council.

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