On International Women’s Day 2023, we are celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. But it is also a day to raise awareness against bias and take action for equality.
At Tetra Tech, we believe that integrating gender into everything we do is not just the right thing to do – but the foundation upon which prosperous economies and safe societies are built. The work we carry out on behalf of our clients empowers women across the globe to thrive, unleash their potential and, in turn, become leaders in their communities that inspire and accelerate the transition towards a more inclusive, equitable and diverse world.
From reducing gender-based violence to advancing girls’ education, we are highlighting some of the activities our teams are carrying out to mark this #IWD2023.
Advancing women’s empowerment, everywhere
Tetra Tech is joining the United Nations today in celebrating this year’s theme DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality. We support these efforts on behalf of our global clients through the programmes we deliver across teams, continents and thematic areas – ranging from land protection and biodiversity to women and girl’s participation in STEM.
Our Exposure stoy showcases programmes that champion digital innovation and technologies to increase gender equality on behalf of our clients – and the difference these efforts make for the women and girls we support. It consists of 17 stories across Tetra Tech projects in over 30 countries that demonstrate the important work we do in women’s empowerment.
You can read the story by clicking on the image to the right.
Using technology and digital innovation to increase women’s safety
Our work on FCDO’s Reducing Insecurity and Violent Extremism in Northern and Coastal Regions of Kenya (REINVENT) programme supports women, girls and institutions in Kenya to advance gender equality by supporting several digital innovation and technology projects aimed at improving GBV data collection and analysis.
Our REINVENT team is supporting a number of digital innovation and technology projects across Kenya which improve data collection and analysis on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Created in collaboration with the National Gender Equality Commission, the Sexual and Gender based Violence Information System will help consolidate the government-managed database of GBV incidents, and facilitate better access to up-to-date information for both state and civil society actors. This increased understanding of the challenges will contribute to a more appropriate and targeted response and enable evidence-based policy-making.
The technical assistance delivered under REINVENT played an integral part in setting up a mobile application for better tracking and reporting of SGBV cases. The app – called Khomesha Dhuluma – records relevant SGBV data and offers support beyond specific requests, such as psycho-social help, counselling, health care, police services and safe-house placement. Our capacity training strengthened the work between officers at Kenya’s State Department for Gender and the ICT Ministry for Sustanability.to integrate an active call centre in the app.
In addition, REINVENT is going to take part as key member of the planning committee for Kenya to the 67th session of Commission on the Status of Women.
Coaching women and aspiring entrepreneurs in Oman
We are joining the British Embassy in Muscat today in celebrating the launch of the new phase of the Oman Women’s Coaching Programme and female enterpreneurship. The Tamkeen programme – meaning empowerment in Arabic – is part of our Oman Economic Programme, funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the British Embassy. Around 400 people are expected to be attending the event, including current groups of mentors and mentees, female ministers, female ambassadors, business women and female cohort from the Royal Academy of Management. This will present businesses with a great opportunity to provide new mentors and mentees for the new phase of the programme.
As part of the event, there will also be a fashion show run by Amal Al Raisi, a renowned Omani designer and face of the relaunch. Amal has previously showcased her collection at the London Fashion Week and also designs clothes for the Sultana of Oman.
Transforming girls’ lives through education
Next week, we will be sharing lessons learned from evaluating the Girls’ Education Challenge. We are the lead evaluator of this 12-year FCDO programme, sharing insights into what works – and what doesn’t – to provide quality education for marginalised girls around the world. The panel will be hosted by British Expertise International, bringing together a wide range of partners and stakeholders, including FCDO’s Girls’ Education Team.