Gender equality, social inclusion, and the empowerment of women and youth, are central components of ARDI’s organizational values and programmatic methodologies. We believe it is critical to ensure that each of our initiatives are gender-sensitive and socially inclusive for women, men, girls, and boys of diverse backgrounds.
Using a number of gender-sensitive tools and methodologies, ARDI integrates a gender-sensitive lens into all aspects of our work, from program inception to closeout, to ensure our efforts are equitable and conducive of positive, sustainable change for women, men, girls, and boys alike, with emphasis on championing the empowerment of women and girls. Across ARDI’s work, gender and social inclusion considerations are integrated methodically to ensure our efforts foster gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. In addition, ARDI understands that women’s empowerment and gender equality will not be accomplished, nor can it be effective and sustainable, if men and boys are not actively engaged as stakeholders to enable and champion gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
Highlighted Examples of ARDI’s Women and Youth Empowerment Projects:
Empowering Syrian Women: Peacebuilding & CVE (December 2017 – March 2019)
ARDI is leading efforts to build the capacity of women and men-led CSOs through a small grants program to implement local initiatives that address issues of peacebuilding and CVE in Idlib and Aleppo, Syria. The objective of the program Empowering Syrian Women: Peacebuilding & CVE is to support civil society organizations lead by women, youth and minorities to become more effective at service provision and have the CSOs be a vehicle for women to advocate for their needs among and local and provincial councils. The program focuses on opposition-held areas of Aleppo and Idlib with an emphasis on areas with mixed ethnic and religious groups and provides small-grant funding for activities that increases coordination with other CSOs and the local councils over shared peace building, CVE, and/or service-provision objectives.