Project profile — Women of Courage - Women, Peace and Security


United Church of Canada: KAIROSInitiatives (CA-CRA_ACR-3108102435)
2018-03-27 - 2023-06-30
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Congo, Democratic Republic (25.00%)
• West Bank Gaza (25.00%)
• South Sudan (25.00%)
• Colombia (25.00%)


• Democratic participation and civil society:
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (25.00%)
Human rights (15160) (25.00%)
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (25.00%)
• Conflict Prevention And Resolution, Peace And Security: Civilian peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution (15220) (25.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (principal objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to empower women human rights defenders and organizations to effectively participate in post-conflict development and peace and security processes in Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Philippines, South Sudan, and the West Bank. The project strengthens the ability of beneficiaries to use national laws and international human rights frameworks to defend and protect women’s rights in post-conflict settings. Project activities include: (1) providing psychosocial and legal support to help women survivors recover from and seek justice for the physical and psychological violence they have experienced; (2) providing training to women human rights defenders and organizations and other key stakeholders on national and international human rights frameworks and gender-based analysis, as well as organizational strengthening; (3) developing or improving National Action Plans and the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) on women, peace and security; and (4) establishing South-South exchanges to facilitate networking, mutual learning and skills building. This project is expected to directly reach more than 35,000 beneficiaries (78% women and 22% men) in the five countries/territories, including approximately 9,500 women survivors of gender-based violence. In addition, it is expected to reach 200,000 (150,000 women and 50,000 men) indirect beneficiaries nationally, including extended families, community members, networks, government employees and other stakeholders, as well as another two million indirect beneficiaries internationally through networks, coalitions, and social media.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased participation of women victims and survivors in peace processes and decision-making related to the defense of human rights and post-conflict development processes; (2) more effective use by civil society organizations, women human right defenders, government officials and other stakeholders of national laws and international human rights frameworks, such as United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 and related resolutions, to advocate for women’s rights in contexts of conflict; and (3) strengthened capacity and skills of women’s rights organizations and defenders.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2020: (1) 1,559 women victims and survivors of gender-based violence received psychosocial counselling and, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 102 women survivors of violence were referred for medical care; (2) 1,210 women and 635 men participated in workshops on the psychosocial impacts of war; (3) 1,692 women and 875 men participated in gender awareness training; (4) 1,594 women and 437 men participated in 109 human rights training sessions held on national and international frameworks; (5) 784 women used legal services provided by partners; (6) 1,445 women participated in 60 human rights facilitators training workshops; and (7) 163 campaigns advocating for legislation, law reform, and implementation that relate to women, peace and security were participated in by partners, 60 of which were directed towards male allies in government, multilateral organizations, and the media.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $1,060,576
Transaction Date Type Value
01-06-2023 Disbursement $496,526
12-12-2023 Disbursement $294,878
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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