While progress is evident in Ethiopia, problems still exist. It’s currently estimated that over 150,000 women are working in prostitution in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. Girls as young as 8 years old are lured into prostitution, young women are exploited and trafficked within the country and around the world thinking they are heading towards opportunity yet often enslaved. Many of these young women are orphans. In fact, an estimated 4.6 million children are orphaned in Ethiopia. So while Ethiopia has come along way in many regards, there is still a long way to go.
Since the formation of Parker Clay, we have partnered with an organization called Ellilta Women at Risk (EWAR), with a goal of restoring value to women who have been exploited through prostitution and fighting to end prostitution in Ethiopia. They have successfully graduated over 1,000 women through their program with over 90% of the women that graduated staying out of prostitution.
Our Partnership with EWAR operates beyond the traditional charity model and extends into the skills training and job creation opportunities that are made available at our factory in Ethiopia. Parker Clay has developed methodologies to create economic opportunity, leveraging a trade model built out of mission.
Our aim is to end prostitution in Ethiopia.
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