Excluded women

Inequality between men and women

Inequality between men and women is a reality of life around the world today. What is more, in many places, this inequality is further aggravated by poverty, violence and even slavery.

The data below corroborates this state of affairs

  • Women make up 60% of the poorest people on the planet.
  • Two thirds of illiterate people are women. In India alone there are more than 245 million women who cannot read or write.
  • Just one in three women in rural areas receive medical care during pregnancy.
  • Girls drop out of education earlier, in both primary and secondary school, and the dropout rate increases with age.
  • Women have limited access to public and political life. It is still a challenge for their voices to be heard and taken into account.
  • Most women have a triple working day: working outside of the home, working in the home and caring for other people.
  • Women are relegated to vulnerable types of employment, the majority of which are informal jobs with the associated lack of benefits and job security.
"Violence against women is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation, and it is perhaps the most pervasive. It knows no boundaries of geography, culture or wealth. As long as it continues, we cannot claim to be making real progress towards equality, development and peace."

Kofi Annan

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We promote equality

ALBOAN supports women from rural, urban, marginalised, indigenous and refugee communities in Africa, Latin America and India. Some examples of our work:


In Africa

ALBOAN works in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to support the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service – Great Lakes (JRS) and Synergie des Femmes, organisations that support female victims of violence linked to conflict in the region, by:

  • Training women in skills that enable them to participate actively in decision-making processes, strengthening their leadership to defend their needs and interests along with those of their communities.
  • Creating women's shelters, where they can receive medical attention, psycho-social support, group therapy, temporary accommodation and have the chance to learn a trade that enables them to achieve financial independence.
  • Running literacy courses, professional training (dressmaking and tailoring, basketwork, carpentry, hairdressing) and awareness training for them to understand and defend their rights.

In Latin America

ALBOAN works in countries such as Guatemala and Colombia, together with local organisations including Puente de Paz and the Jesuit Refugee Service, collaborating to defend and respect women's rights by:

  • Providing psychological support for victims of violence.
  • Educating women about their rights and promoting social participation and organisation.
  • Creating small family businesses and cooperatives.

In India

ALBOAN works in the states of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu with women who face discrimination: because they are women, because they are poor, because they are indigenous and even because they are widows.

ALBOAN promotes gender equality and women's right to development through projects that work toward:

  • Access to quality education for women and girls.
  • Access for women to professional training that improves their possibilities of employment.
  • Increasing women's income by creating small businesses and cooperatives.
  • Public recognition of women's central role in development and social change.
  • Fighting to end violence against women.