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1.    Policy overview

This policy document explicitly indicates HEfDA’s commitments to promote gender equality across programs and management and structure of the organization and the empowerment of women and girls. The policy is developed in conformity with various national policies and HEfDA Strategic Plan. It will contribute its share to promote gender justice by mainstreaming gender in all aspects of the organization’s activities and implementing women specific programs. It also urges it staff, partners, and program participants to strengthen their own actions to ensure the human rights of women, girls, boys, and men are equally promoted and protected. HEfDA will therefore ensure mainstreaming of gender across program and organization level for gender just organization.

2.    Policy Statements

HEfDA is committed for advancement of gender equality at community level, in its own workforce, as well as among temporary advisers and consultants working with. Improving diversity management and enhancing the mainstreaming of gender are among the strategic objectives of HEfDA.

The HR manual and the recruitment policy tends to empower women and work towards ensuring women representation at different positions. Moreover, the organization is committed for a gender transformative approach to attain gender equality in all its program and projects. To this end, the gender equality and social inclusion policy will reinforce mainstreaming of gender equality in major interventions undertaken by HEfDA and promote women empowerment and a gender transformative approach.

3.    Policy Vision

HEfDA envision a gender transformative approach institutionalized in its organizational structures and programmatic intervention where women and men, boys and girls fairly benefited by the action of, HEfDA.

4.    Policy Mission

HEfDA work towards ensuring organizational gender transformation through mainstreaming gender equality concerns in its organization systems, programs and decision making and   promote   gender equality and women empowerment at all level and advocate for the right of women and girls.

5.    Policy Objective

The overall objective of this gender equality and social inclusion policy is to address gender imbalances at organizational level and promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and a gender transformative approach at institutional and program level.

6.    Guiding Principles

  • Gender Equity: Women and men are not homogenous groups. There are differences in how women and men experience life. Equal treatment can therefore reinforce inequality and hence we promote substantiative equality. We provide different treatments for men and women to level the playing field and compensate for past discrimination.
  • Different but Equal Rights: We understood that women and men are not the same, they are completely different, and we do not compare being male and female rather we argue equal social, economic, cultural, and political rights. Gender equality is to mean different behaviour, aspirations and needs of women and men are considered, valued, and favoured equally.
  • Gender transformation: Transformation in individual consciousness about gender equality and women’s rights, transformation in gender power difference in relationship, transformation in community social norms, as well as organizational culture and governance are a prerequisite for gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  • Mutual Role: Sustainable development and organizational transformation are possible only if based on equal partnership and mutual respect between women and men.
  • Unleash Women’s Potential: women have their own endowments of capacity and capability and therefore we do not portray women as victims rather they have potential and gender barriers are critical factors that limit to utilize their potential, so we work towards addressing the gender barriers.
  • Men are supporters: men are not naturally violent rather the social norms expect them to play aggressive roles. Therefore, for gender equitable norms we engage men and boys as target and impact groups and improve their aggressive masculine behaviours towards supportive of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.

Over recent years, there has been increasing recognition of the way in which children, young people and vulnerable adults can be at risk of discrimination, neglect, abuse and exploitation by those who are in positions of trust and power over them, including through international development activities. As a consequence, there has been a significant increase in the efforts made by development organizations to ensure that no harm results from the contact their employees, volunteers and other representatives have with their target populations or communities.

In activities of HEfDA, employees, employees of partner organizations and volunteers may engage with young people and vulnerable adults either directly or indirectly. HEfDA recognizes it has an obligation to put in place all reasonable safeguarding measures to ensure, as far as possible, the safety and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults, including those with whom we work and those in the communities where HEfDA work is undertaken. So the mandate of HEfDA is to promote a vision of a world where all children can grow up free from violence, leaving no child behind. This policy is in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, its Optional Protocols and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The purpose of this policy and associated procedures is to provide clarity to all on how they should engage with children, young people and vulnerable adults when working for, on behalf of, or in partnership with HEfDA. It is also to help us make sure that employees, volunteers and other representatives are protected. It is intended to help us to have a common understanding of safeguarding issues, develop good practice across the diverse and complex areas in which we operate and thereby increase accountability in this crucial aspect of our work.

This policy constitutes HEfDA’s global policy. Whilst it is recognized that local legislation may vary from country to country, this policy identifies our minimum standards and may exceed the requirements of local legislation. Any breach of this policy will be treated as a disciplinary matter, which may result in immediate termination of employment or contract, withdrawal of volunteer status, and reporting to the police, relevant regulatory authority or other body

  1. Policy Statement

HEfDA has zero tolerance against abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people. HEfDA also recognizes that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and that it has an obligation to put in place reasonable measures to ensure, as far as possible, the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable people with whom we work and those in the communities in which we live.

HEfDA works to the following key principles to protect vulnerable people:

  • Everyone has an equal right to protection from abuse and exploitation regardless of age, race, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or having a child, gender reassignment, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status.
  • The best interests of the vulnerable person are paramount and shall be the primary consideration in our decision making.
  • HEfDA will take responsibility to meet our obligations regarding our duty of care towards vulnerable people, and take action where we believe that a child, young person or vulnerable adult is at risk or is actually harmed.
  • HEfDA will ensure that employees and volunteers are inducted in our Safeguarding Standards and procedures as a key part of the recruitment and on boarding process.
  • HEfDA will ensure that all partners are informed and in compliance with our Safeguarding Standards.
  • When working with or through partners or sub contracted agencies, HEfDA will ensure that their safeguarding procedures are consistent and in line with the principles and approaches set out in this policy.
  • HEfDA recognizes that an element of risk exists, and while we may never be able to totally remove this, we need to do all we can to reduce it or limit its impact.
  • HEfDA respects confidentiality and has a responsibility to protect sensitive personal data. Information should only be shared and handled on a need to know basis, that is, access to the information must be necessary for the conduct of one's official duties. Only individuals who have legitimate reasons to access the information are allowed to receive it.

This is not enough; we will do more.

The Harmee Education for Development Association (HEfDA) has donated mobility appliances and assistive devices to 220 persons (children, women, and men) with disabilities. Following this, HEfDA organized a street campaign to demonstrate the potential of persons with disabilities and challenge the wrong perceptions imposed on them by the community. More than 300 people in Kersa town, government officials, and community groups participate in the event.

The purpose of this support is to ensure inclusive development where persons with disabilities escape challenges and benefit from social and development interventions. In particular, children with disabilities who are suffering from challenges associated with disabilities will grow up without the problems. In total, the donation amounted to ETB 788,000.

HEfDA families are grateful to Light for the World (LfW) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), which are helping our people

This is not enough; we will do more.

The Harmee Education for Development Association (HEfDA) has donated mobility appliances and assistive devices to 220 persons (children, women, and men) with disabilities. Following this, HEfDA organized a street campaign to demonstrate the potential of persons with disabilities and challenge the wrong perceptions imposed on them by the community. More than 300 people in Kersa town, government officials, and community groups participate in the event.

The purpose of this support is to ensure inclusive development where persons with disabilities escape challenges and benefit from social and development interventions. In particular, children with disabilities who are suffering from challenges associated with disabilities will grow up without the problems. In total, the donation amounted to ETB 788,000.

HEfDA families are grateful to Light for the World (LfW) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), which are helping our people.

 

Harmee TVET college aimed at improving socio-economic status of community in Munessa and neighboring Districts in Arsi Zone.  Currently, the college is delivering Technical & Vocational Education & Training focus on Unemployed youths who cannot attend distant colleges for social and economic problemsHarmee TVET College pleased to deliver quality education for Vulnerable, orphan and the neediest unemployed youth in the following Formal and informal skills training

Last modified on Wednesday, 27 April 2022 13:24

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