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Industry Non-Profit
Occupation feminist NGO
Location Cairo, Egypt
Introduction In the mid-1980s, a group of development professionals launched a pioneer micro-finance project in the community of traditional Cairene garbage collectors, Zaballeen. The project was the first of its kind in Egypt and was lauded for making credit accessible to a marginalized community that otherwise had no access to financial services. During the course of the project, the project organizers recognized a unique opportunity to replicate the project's success in additional low-income areas of Cairo. They networked with other development professionals and together identified a target group that was particularly vulnerable: low-income women of female-headed households. In 1987, these twenty men and women officially created the Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW). The Association registered with the Ministry of Social Affairs as a private, voluntary, non-governmental organization, and the first ADEW office opened in the low-income area of Manshiet Nasser.
Interests ADEW seeks to improve the status of women through the following goals: Economic empowerment by making credit and income generating opportunities accessible to low-income women. Legal empowerment by assisting low-income women with obtaining identification cards and other legal papers and by raising awareness about women's legal rights. Social empowerment by teaching women literacy Empowerment of marginalized adolescent girls who have dropped out of school by improving their skills and building their self-esteem. Improvement in the status of women's health in low-income areas, and an increase in women's awareness of public health issues. Publicizing women's rights issues by lobbying policy makers, the press, and the Egyptian population at large.