Women and Girls


Women and girls affected by civil war Women and girls in Sri Lanka offered a New Dawn

Women hold up half the sky

In 19 countries in Asia Pacific, Good Shepherd conducts programmes and projects to assist women and girls to achieve their full potential and contribute to building a more just world.



Within that overarching orientation, Good Shepherd Asia Pacific is committed to four key priorities

  • Economic Justice

  • Migration

  • Anti Trafficking

  • Ecology


Good Shepherd programmes/projects

Good Shepherd programmes and projects are creative, diverse and practical.  Recognizing severe poverty as a contributing cause to other types of exclusion, many initiatives bring practical relief from poverty and generate income for women. 

  • Include skills training, micro-enterprise projects, micro-credit schemes, local co-operatives and international marketing of goods.

  • Offer many forms of social support and personal empowerment and growth.

  • Support grassroots actions that empower communities and individuals.

  • Engage in effective advocacy and lobbying strategies to address human rights.

  • Encourage participation and leadership in networks and/or campaigns that support an end to exploitation and promote full empowerment of women and girls.

Addressing root causes

In all its work, Good Shepherd seeks to address root causes, examining and unmasking the links between human trafficking and polices related to economic justice, violence against women, discrimination of the girl child, inadequate migration support, and the social acceptance of the prostitution of women and girls.  

Care for the Earth

In our time, the essence of our relationship as humans with the Earth is being transformed from one of exploitation to one of awe and respect.  Good Shepherd is committed in solidarity with this world wide movement.  Also, it recognizes that those people and communities with the least natural, environmental, and economic resources are those most harmed by environmental destruction.  Most vulnerable of all are women and children.


The work of Good Shepherd in Asia Pacific is broader than these four priority areas.  This may be for historical reasons.  Also, in some places there are Good Shepherd programmes and projects which include boys, families and other community members due to a specific need or to create a more inclusive and holistic response.


Learn about the 3 Principles of CEDAW

Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

These Video Resources are produced by International Women’s Rights Action Watch (IWRAW) Asia Pacific.  Click below to check out this excellent video series explaining CEDAW's three principles.  Useful for training on Human Rights.

1. CEDAW Quick and Concise: Explaining the Principle of Substantive Equality


2. CEDAW Quick and Concise: Explaining the Principle of Non-Discrimination


3. CEDAW Quick and Concise: Explaining the Principle of State Obligation