Empowering Women – Mothers Change the World!

Women and mothers are the key to improving children’s well-being and achieving lasting change in society. That’s why all programmes supported by IKEA Social Initiative include community-based actions that help empower women to create a better future for themselves, their communities and their children.

Better access to money

Access to micro-credit schemes can be the means to starting a small business. Encouraging women’s groups to save small amounts in a joint bank account for emergencies is an effective way of avoiding spiralling debt for families.

Learning about health and diet

Local motivators teach village women about sanitation, health and diet. More and more women find out how to have a say about when to become a mother and how many children to have. They learn how to take control of their own lives and improve their children’s prospects.

Learning business skills

It takes a lot of self-esteem and confidence to run a successful business. Women also need to learn how to evaluate their ideas, negotiate business deals, get access to services and gain control over their resources. As part of the programme, UNDP together with their partners develop training modules in financial literacy and leadership in consultation with the women themselves.

Gaining strength and making decisions

Regular women-only meetings with the self-help group allow for open-hearted discussions. Topics range from why children should go to school to how to afford a water pump in their village. Over time, more and more women have become active and respected influencers in their communities. See below for some examples of previous relief efforts.