The Human Rights Education Program for Women (HREP) has numerous favorable
impacts in the private and public lives of women. Over the course of the program, women become progressively more aware of not only their rights and how to exercise them, but also of themselves as individuals. With increased self-confidence added to the mix, women take steps to question and challenge traditional gender roles, and are able to transform their lives for the better—they bring an end to domestic violence, change the division of labor at home, return to schooling, or join the economic workforce. They become resource women especially in relation to women’s legal rights in their communities, begin to access public services more and demand their rights, become actively involved in politics, and either join existing women’s organizations or form their own initiatives, based on their needs. Consequently, HREP has a transformative impact not only on program participants, but on society in general and the democratic process as well.
To scientifically assess HREP’s impact on program participants, two impact studies were carried out by independent researchers in 2003 and 2011. The first study focused on the 1995-2003 implementations, while the second examined the 2005-2011 time period. Both studies confirmed internal studies and observations, making these impacts much more easily visible.