Australia has made gender equality and women’s empowerment one of six priority areas for investment in our aid program. The evidence is clear—gender equality is critical to development. Australia invests in targeted programs to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment where there are persistent challenges and progress towards gender equality has been slow.
Through Australia’s Direct Aid Program (DAP), the Australian Embassy in Ankara funded a project to support Syrian women refugees and Turkish women from low-income families. The Embassy supported the purchase of sewing machines to be used for vocational education at a centre in Bursa, with the aim of equipping women with skills to empower them economically.
Enabling women economically empowers them to have meaningful, high-level influence in their communities and contribute to the growth, development and stability of their communities, their country and their region.