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As the caretakers and nurturers of families and communities, women are in the best place to make beneficial effects on all persons – other women, men, adolescents and children. This happens when women are supported to build their capacities, knowledge, talents, skills and desires in secure and encouraging environments.

Engaging women in fish mongering

To this end, HFFG invests in women’s economic empowerment, specifically through The Golden Line Programme (partnered with Simavi), a village savings and loan scheme for women in rural and mining communities in the Western region of Ghana. Through this initiative, women participants learn critical skills in entrepreneurship, women’s rights, solidarity consciousness, marketing and communications and livelihood advancement. The project beneficiaries also serve in the role of peer educators and community ambassadors, sharing the tools gained through this experience with others in mentorship, teaching and business engagement. Participants are also trained as whistleblowers for inclusion in the Violence Against Women Watchers (VAWW) programme serving alongside representatives from the district assemblies and male traditional leaders in their communities. Therefore, economic empowerment not only increases resources but also voices speaking truth to power.