Protection

FXB is committed to the defense of children’s and women’s rights and the prevention of all forms of violence and insecurity against them. It promotes gender equality and considers the empowerment of women as a key factor in the fight against poverty.

Context

While progress has been made globally on gender equality in achieving the Millennium Development goals (including equal access to primary education for girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer from discrimination and violence in all regions of the world.

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right but also a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Regrettably, currently, one in five women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 reported having been physically or sexually abused by an intimate partner over a 12-month period, and 49 countries currently have no laws protecting women.

Ensuring equal access of women and girls to education, health care, decent work and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will foster sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity as a whole.

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FXB in action

Every child in the world has the right to grow up healthy and safe, to develop his or her potential, to be listened to and taken seriously. Children’s rights are at the heart of our actions. Each of our programmes is a response to the implementation – in children’s daily lives – of their rights as defined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 20 November 1989. For the first time, rights have been recognized for all children throughout the world: the right to survival, development, protection, and participation.

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but also a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. FXB’s fight against poverty therefore also involves fighting against gender discrimination and balancing gender relations so that women, who are more exposed to poverty, have access to the same economic and social opportunities.

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Our ongoing programs

The promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women, as well as the fight against trafficking in human beings and all forms of violence against women and children, are essential to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.

These are the objectives of our FXBVillage program and of our other Protection programs. These actions also strengthen the capacity for development of the communities in which we operate.

Testimonial

I was part of an FXBVillage program from 2006 to 2009. Today, I'm the main breadwinner for my family. This position has allowed me to ask my husband to end his relationship with a second wife. I am also very proud to have been elected mayor of my village.

Zanabi, Rwanda