A sanctuary for survivors in Adama, Ethiopia

Gender-based violence is a serious problem in Ethiopia. To support women and girls whose lives are affected by violence, Denmark and UN Women have established Ethiopia’s largest women’s shelter.Since its opening in 2015, the women’s shelter in Adama has helped 680 women, girls and their children to rebuild their lives and move on from a past haunted by violence. The women and girls are provided with accommodation, medical treatment, psychological support and counselling, legal aid, education, vocational training, and lessons in self-defence. The shelter is helping the women to become self-sufficient and resilient in the world outside its walls.