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In the period from 2002-2005, WPC’s activities were focused more on women’s economic empowerment with women’s groups. WPC worked with a total of 11 community based women’s groups. We initiated and supported projects in the areas of skills development (tailoring and handicraft, entrepreneurship and small business development, and basic literacy). We believed that income was essential to women’s empowerment at family and community level. However, since 2006 our attention started to shift more and more towards community awareness and advocacy work. Initiatives such as voter’s education, civic participation, training of women on the prevention of Postpartum death, and several trainings on sexual and reproductive health and rights were introduced, focusing on issues of women’s health, position in the society and participation.
This was the beginning of an important shift in our vision and focus. In 2011 we developed a strategic plan that focused on addressing Gender based violence and sexual and reproductive health and rights. We had realized that whilst many women achieve greater productions and income ownership, without enjoying respect, value and dignity, most may not freely enjoy the benefits from their efforts. Therefore, it is our belief, that in a highly patriarchal and discriminatory society like ours, the struggle for women´s rights, equality and dignity should precede the efforts for economic empowerment. As women, it is important to create a better context that will enable us to enjoy to the fullest the opportunities that exist in the society. Without a receptive and enabling context, all our efforts might end up unrecognized, sabotaged or exploited. Therefore, WPC work builds on the premise that human rights are fundamental to women's welfare.