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


United Church of Canada: KAIROSInitiatives (CA-CRA_ACR-3108102435)
2018-03-27 - 2023-12-31
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 peacebuilding, reconciliation, and human rights processes in Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, and the West Bank. The project seeks to strengthen beneficiaries’ ability to use national laws and international human rights frameworks to defend and protect women’s rights in 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) training women human rights defenders and organizations and other key stakeholders on national and international human rights frameworks, gender-based analysis, and organizational strengthening; (3) developing or improving National Action Plans and implementing the 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 expects to reach about 35,000 beneficiaries (78% women and 22% men) directly in the five countries or territories, including approximately 9,500 women survivors of gender-based violence. It also expects to indirectly reach 200,000 (150,000 women and 50,000 men) beneficiaries nationally, including extended families, community members, networks, government employees, other stakeholders, and 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 rights 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 2023 include: (1) provided 729 women who had experienced gender-based violence psychosocial counselling and medical accompaniment; (2) 497 people (312 women and 185 men) participated in mixed workshops on the psychosocial impacts of war and effective accompaniment; (3) established 30 clinics to offer psychosocial support and referrals to medical services to women victims and survivors; (4) 1585 women and 1032 men completed gender awareness training through 79 training sessions on the psychosocial impacts of war and effective accompaniment; and (5) increased the participation of women survivors of human rights abuses and violence in peacebuilding processes and decision-making mechanisms related to the defense of human rights from 87% in March 2022 to 93% in March 2023.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
01-06-2023 Disbursement $496,526
12-12-2023 Disbursement $294,878
01-03-2024 Disbursement $3,131
01-03-2024 Disbursement $43,216
31-03-2024 Disbursement $222,826
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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