About the organization

Siiqqee Women’s Development Association (SWDA)
Ethiopia | Founded in 1997 | Thousand Currents Partner since 2016 | SIIQQEE's Facebook page

Siiqqee Women’s Development Association (SWDA) is an Ethiopian Residence Charity organization that works to improve the living condition of women, girls and children. Siiqee works to ensure that resource-poor girls and women in Ethiopia are able to live with dignity and security. This work is rooted in the traditional Oromo institution of Siiqqee, through which women were able to support one another and address issues of safety and security in their homes and communities. The organization offers a range of economic, education, and environmental programs to give girls and women an opportunity to develop their capacity as active, productive, and respected members of their community. Siiqqee was found in 1998, re-certified in 2009, and operates in the Oromia and Beninshangul Gumuz States of Ethiopia.

The organization has head office in Addis Ababa and five branch offices in Oromia and Gambela Regions.

SWDA has articulated its vision as ‘To see marginalized and disadvantaged women/girls lives in dignity and security’. It also has a mission that is ‘To enable disadvantaged women, girls and children improve their social and economic well being and develop their capacity as active, productive and respected members of their communities’.

SIIQQEE’s programmatic focus areas are:

    • socio-economic empowerment
    • girls/women’s education
    • reduction of women/girls’ health risk factors
    • promoting and supporting community-based child development
    • sustainable environment

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