Her Equality Rights And Autonomy

Her Equality Rights And Autonomy

At a glance

Causes

  • Financial inclusion
  • Human rights
  • Poverty relief
  • Refugees / migrants
  • Training / employment support
  • Women
  • Young people

Other details

Geographical remit: 
International

Objectives

HERA (Her Equality Rights and Autonomy) works with women victims and those vulnerable to trafficking, conflict, and other forms of violence and exploitation, to pursue their aspirations and ambitions for a better life. HERA’s objective for all grants is to promote women’s entrepreneurship and employment so as to prevent dangerous migration. Since 2005, HERA has supported 945 women in 8 countries to achieve economic freedom. As a result, 85% of HERA women advance their careers each year, through employment, apprenticeships and/or starting their own ventures across a wide array of industries – dentistry, creative arts, fashion, care services, catering, medicine, law and accounting.

Activities

1. Grants

HERA provides grants of €500 – €1500 (averaging €700) to purchase needed equipment for young women’s ventures and social enterprises that have begun operating or to scale up established women-owned businesses to create new jobs for young women. In order to secure a grant, women submit an application of their business plan. Often times the women will contribute some of their own savings toward the business, giving a sense of ownership.

2. Empowerment through education

1:1 mentorship and training programmes enable women to:

  • Identify individual strengths & preferences
  • Develop critical business skills
  • Establish career goals & objectives
  • Develop business plans and implement them

With the on-going support of their mentor, participants will work toward achieving sustainable financial and economic autonomy.

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