Since its creation in 2015, XOESE has been expanding and mobilizing more and more financial, material and human resources in order to reinvest them in the initiatives of women’s and young women’s activists and organizations to advance women’s rights in French-speaking countries.
2022 was an extraordinary year for XOESE, with our grants covering twenty-seven (27) projects in twelve (12) French-speaking countries for a total amount of 123,792,205 West African CFA francs (188,720 Euros, 192,485 USD or 247,327 CAD).
We invite you to discover the various innovative and daring projects we were able to support in 2022. This list shows grants from January to August 2022.
IN WEST AFRICA
Organization : OLA AFRICA
Project to defend the rights of young girls who are victims of forced marriage in northern Benin
The project aims to contribute to the eradication of the practice of forced marriage in the commune of Malanville. To achieve this, it is planned to organize a training session for girls on women’s rights to health, to hold an awareness-raising workshop for local community players (parents, traditional chiefs, religious leaders) on the risks and negative consequences of forced marriages, and to build the capacity of public service personnel, Social Promotion Centers (CPS) and local administration on the application of laws and policies that prevent child, early and forced marriages.
Organization: Rescue and Hope
Project to strengthen the economic, professional and legal rights and capacities of bar and restaurant waitresses in Cotonou and Parakou.
This project promotes access to rights and the professional, economic and legal autonomy of bar and restaurant waitresses (SBR) in Benin. To achieve this, it is planned to organize a training session for SBR on professional leadership, SBR rights and savings, referral and psycho-health and legal care for SBR victims of GBV10.
Project: Justice, Dignity and Empowerment of Women and Girls through Community Action for the Well-Being of Children and Women in Burkina Faso
The aim of this project is to contribute to the reduction of gender inequalities by protecting the rights of women and girls in vulnerable situations and/or victims of violence of all kinds in the 6 communes of Ouagadougou. To this end, a training session on gender-based violence, life skills and reproductive health will be organized for twenty-four (24) women leaders, as well as awareness-raising sessions on various themes (women’s rights, sexual and reproductive health rights, gender-based violence, women’s leadership, etc.). ), a meeting with twenty (20) social actors to exchange and share experiences on mechanisms for managing GBV survivors’ complaints, and the provision of psychosocial, health and legal support to women and girls who are victims of GBV.
Project to revitalize the women’s movement as part of the “je m’engage” campaign in the communes of Tanghin Dassouri and Komki-Ipala by the Association Song-Taaba des Femmes Unies pour le Développement.
The project aims to revitalize the women’s movement through the four (4) action coalitions set up as part of the “JE M’ENGAGE” campaign. To achieve this, ASFUD plans to train twenty (20) women members of the four (4) coalitions on gender-based violence, justice and economic rights, feminist movements and leadership, security and peace, to hold twenty (20) talk-debates on the above-mentioned themes and to train eight (8) coalition leaders in the use of the zoom platform.
Organization: Réseau National des Associations pour la Santé Reproductive les Droits et le genre
Project: AFRICAN’S WOMEN RISE DAY by Réseau National des Associations pour la Santé Reproductive les Droits et le Genre (RENASAGE)
The aim of this activity is to raise women’s awareness of the role they can play in society. To achieve this goal, RENASAGE is planning an educational talk for twenty-five (25) young girls from the city of Ouagadougou on the theme of “female leadership, the role of the African woman in our societies, and her importance in decision-making as the key to her empowerment”, followed by a six-day digital awareness campaign under the theme “Femme: Rebondir et se Réinventer pendant les temps de crises”.
Organization: EVALWOMEN (Réseau Féminin en Suivi-Evaluation)
Project: Reintegration of 10 women ex-convicts of the Abidjan House of Arrest and Correction (MACA) by the Réseau Féminin en Suivi-Evaluation
The aim of this project is to contribute to the reintegration of ten (10) women ex-convicts of the Maison d’Arrêt et de Correction d’Abidjan (MACA). EVALWOMEN plans to train ex-convicts in financial education, support them in setting up income-generating activities and accompany them in the development of their activities.
Information, awareness-raising and advocacy project for the abandonment of gender-based violence in Koulikoro by the Association Malienne pour le Suivi et l’Orientation des Pratiques Traditionnelles.
The project aims to contribute to the adoption of behaviors and practices that promote positive social norms against gender-based violence against children and women in the urban commune of Koulikoro. To achieve this objective, the project will, among other things, identify and train 110 women and girls on gender-based violence (GBV), so that they can get involved in the fight against GBV with the help of action plans drawn up during the training; organize media activities to help communities understand the harmful effects of GBV and promote their abandonment; and provide holistic care (medical, psychosocial and economic) for GBV survivors.
Project: Musodev STEM TOUR by the Association for the Promotion of Women through ICT (MUSODEV)
The aim of the project is to train one hundred and fifty (150) young girls/women in the responsible and professional use of information and communication technologies. This objective will be achieved through training in digital professions (blogging and web writing, social networks, graphic and audiovisual creation, Google Apps, etc.) and training sessions on digital citizenship, the fight against the proliferation of false news/alerts, design thinking and digital entrepreneurship in four cities, namely Bamako, Sekou, Koutiala and Sikasso.
Digital Campaign to Commemorate African Women as Pillars of Development for an Entire Continent by the Réseau des Jeunes pour la Promotion de l’Abandon des Mutilations Génitales Féminines et les Mariages d’Enfants (Youth Network for the Promotion of the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage)
The aim of this project is to raise awareness of the empowerment and economic resilience of women in crisis situations. To achieve this, a communication and awareness-raising campaign is planned on social and traditional media, using posters, video capsules, Facebook Live sessions and radio broadcasts.
Organization: ONG ALAFIA
Project: Fight against sexual harassment and good menstrual hygiene management in schools
The aim of this project is to put an end to gender-based violence in schools and to promote good menstrual hygiene management among young girls. To achieve this, ALAFIA plans to train twenty (20) peer educators on gender-based violence and menstrual hygiene management, strengthen the capacity of twelve (12) teachers on gender-based violence, sensitize 3,200 students (girls and boys) on gender-based violence, menstrual hygiene management and sexually transmitted infections, and provide 200 menstrual hygiene management kits in schools.
Organization: Assistance Plus Togo
Project: Reinforce and inform women and girls involved in cross-border trade about the mechanisms and opportunities of the AfCFTA (African Continental Free Trade Area); at the borders of Kémérida in the Kara region and Noépé in the Maritime region.
This project aims to popularize the mechanisms of the AfCFTA (African Continental Free Trade Area) by building the capacity of women and girl traders involved in cross-border trade, in order to reduce the injustices they suffer in the exercise of their commercial activities. To achieve this, APT plans to build the capacity of forty (40) trading women and girls involved in cross-border trade on the mechanisms and opportunities offered by the ZLECAf, and to collect their recommendations in order to advocate with the relevant authorities for the improvement of conditions for cross-border trading women and girls.
Project: Support for the professional leadership of women’s and youth organizations in 7 communes of Dankpen and Kozah to strengthen networking and kick-start the feminist women’s rights movement in the Kara region.
This project aims to contribute to the establishment of the feminist movement in the Kara region (Togo). To achieve this, two major activities are planned: mapping of women’s and youth organizations in the commune of Dankpen2, capacity-building for women’s organizations on organizational mechanisms and running an association, and capacity-building on the use of ICTs and social networks.
Organization: Women in Law and Development in Africa
Project: Economic recovery and leadership for women cured of obstetric fistula and genital prolapse in the Maritime Region by Women in Law and Development in Africa
Our aim here is to contribute to the economic empowerment and leadership of women healed of obstetric fistula and genital prolapse in the Maritime region. To achieve this objective, we plan to build the capacities of twenty (20) beneficiaries on themes linked to leadership and the management of income-generating activities, and to provide these twenty (20) beneficiaries with an installation kit so that they can start up an IGA.
Organization: Femme Plus Togo
Project: Enabling women traders in the Agoè prefecture to have an identity (civil status certificate)
The project aims to give women traders easier access to basic social services, and to support them in obtaining an identity document. To achieve this, it is planned to assist women traders in four communes of the Agoè prefecture (Agoè Nyivé 1, Agoè Nyivé 2, Agoè Nyivé 5 and Agoè Nyivé 6) to draw up 500 supplementary judgments in lieu of birth certificates for women traders, and to draw up certificates of nationality.
IN CENTRAL AFRICA
Organization: Association Sourires de Femmes
Project to support the socio-economic empowerment of young women living in rural areas by the Association Sourires de Femmes.
This project aims to empower 400 young women living in rural areas in the concepts of human rights, gender-based violence and women’s leadership. To achieve this, it is planned to hold educational talks on gender-based violence, human rights and leadership, to hold an intergenerational meeting with women leaders and young women presidents of associations to discuss business creation and management and political commitment, and to hold a round table with community leaders, actors in the chain of follow-up for victims of violence, to enable project beneficiaries to denounce but also to know where to seek help.
Organization: Women for a Change, Cameroon
Project: Strengthening the feminist movement GenEgaliteECCAS by Women for a Change, Cameroon
This project aims to strengthen cross-border, cross-generational and cross-sectoral feminist activism and movement collaboration within the countries of the Communauté Economique et Monétaire de l’Afrique Centrale (CEMAC). To this end, Wfac plans to organize a cross-border visit to Equatorial Guinea to encourage and strengthen the feminist movement in the country, and to hold a General Assembly of the GenEgaliteECCAS feminist movement.
The aim of this project is to prepare women and girls for digital jobs and facilitate access to digital financial inclusion for women entrepreneurs in rural areas. To achieve this, AWITS is planning a digital campaign to popularize ICT trades and jobs for women, a face-to-face conference on the theme of “Women, rebounding and reinventing themselves in times of crisis”, and an exhibition of local know-how from women’s groups in the SOUTH region.
Organized by: Association des dames de l’Image au Cameroun
Economic empowerment and professional leadership for women and young women by the Association des dames de l’Image in Cameroon
The aim of this project is to ensure that priority is given to women in the decision-making circles that affect them. To achieve this, a two (2)-day filmed seminar on women’s rights is planned, which will be rebroadcast during ciné-debates for the benefit of communities.
Republic of Congo
Organization: KAANI ASSISTANCE
ZALA YO campaign by Association KAANI ASSISTANCE
The aim of this initiative is to publicize the struggle of young feminists in Congo Brazzaville. To achieve this, it is planned to organize an online campaign with a series of three (3) minute videos to present the different young feminist figures in Congo Brazzaville, to organize a round table with these different figures to talk about feminism, and to organize a concert in support of the feminist movement.
Organization: ASSOCIATION S.O.S FEMMES DU CONGO
July 31 JIFA campaign by (SFC)
The aim of this project is to promote International African Women’s Day and highlight the difficulties faced by African women in times of crisis. It will include a debate and two focus groups on the theme “Femme: Rebondir et se Réinventer pendant les temps de crises”, an awareness campaign on social media and media activities on International African Women’s Day.
Democratic Republic of Congo
Organization: FOCUS RIGHTS AND ACCESS
Project: Promotion of leadership and economic empowerment of indigenous women and girls
This project aims to strengthen the economic and entrepreneurial capacities of indigenous women and girls and improve their involvement in local and community governance in the province of North Kivu. To achieve this objective, FDA plans to strengthen the knowledge of indigenous women/girls from the localities of Kashebere and Nyabiondo on leadership, governance, women’s rights and advocacy mechanisms via the organization of focus groups, and to build their capacities in entrepreneurship, the management of income-generating activities and the mobilization of funds for the start-up of individual income-generating activities via workshops.
Organization: LA FLORAISON
Project Kinga Mama na Mazingira (Protecting women and the environment)
The aim of this project is to involve women in the fight against deforestation and environmental destruction in the province of South Kivu. To achieve this, LA FLORAISON is carrying out the following activities, among others: training beneficiaries in the manufacture of improved fireplaces and briquettes, credit management techniques and the preparation of business plans; developing nurseries for fruit and other trees; producing, marketing and disseminating improved fireplaces; raising community awareness of participatory and community conservation of the environment and of the role and rights of women in participatory and community conservation.
Organization: Women in Action for Human Dignity
Project to support women’s leadership and the economic resilience of women and girls living with disabilities in Nyiragongo territory, North Kivu, by Women in Action for Human Dignity.
This project aims to strengthen the leadership and economic resilience of 50 women and girls with disabilities in the Nyiragongo territory in the DRC’s North Kivu province. To achieve this, Wahdi plans, among other things, to build the transformational leadership skills of beneficiaries, organize community brainstorming sessions (Idea Fair) to combat discriminatory norms and practices, and initiate and support 2 initiatives to create income-generating activities for women and girls with disabilities.
Organization: Actions pour la Conservation de la Nature et le Développement Communautaire
Project to include generational and gender equality in creating jobs and improving the livelihoods of Batwa Banyindu indigenous peoples and forest tribal peoples in Mwenga territory.
This project aims to contribute to the resilience of the food and natural livelihoods of indigenous forest peoples in the province of South Kivu. To achieve this objective, ACNDC plans to set up fifteen (15) women’s groups responsible for the restoration and conservation of previously identified and mapped land; to set up and support fifteen income-generating activity initiatives in the field of livelihood transformation and conservation.
Organization: Association Pour l’Epanouissement de la Femme
Celebration of the 2022 edition of International African Women’s Day by the Association Pour l’Epanouissement de la Femme.
The main objective of this project is to contribute to gender equality and to build the capacity of women and girls to take action in the face of gender inequalities. This will involve raising awareness among communities (men, women and young people) of the rights of women and girls, sensitizing community leaders to the prevention and consequences of gender-based violence, and lobbying decentralized authorities on issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Organization: SOLIDARITE DES FEMMES POUR LE BIEN ETRE SOCIAL ET LE PROGRES AU BURUNDI-” SFBSP-BURUNDI “
Projet mukenyezi gir’ijambo “promotion des droits des femmes et de leur participation aux instances de prise de décision dans les provinces de Bujumbura-mairie, Bujumbura-rural, Bubanza et Cibitoke”.
This project aims to contribute to the restoration of women’s dignity by enhancing their respect and ensuring the protection of their rights and their social and cultural status in Burundian society. In order to achieve this objective, it is planned to:
Strengthen the capacities of peer educators in terms of legislation against gender-based violence and care for survivors,
Organize psychosocial energizing actions (discussion groups, relaxation sessions, etc.) with communities, with a view to destroying sexist prejudices and stereotypes, and
Empower GBV survivors (literacy and income-generating activities) through activities implemented by the “CEOFEM” women’s shadow listening centers run by SFBSP-BURUNDI.
Organization: Association des Femmes Handicapées de Madagascar
Project: Economic empowerment of disabled women to promote self-employment (2nd edition) by the Association des Femmes Handicapées de Madagascar
This project aims to promote access to decent employment for disabled women. To achieve this, AFHAM has planned training sessions on entrepreneurship and personal development for 16 disabled women from 4 sites (Antananarivo, Bealanana, Manakara, Fénérive-Est), as well as the provision of installation kits for the start-up of income-generating activities.