Project profile — Empowering Syrian Women: Leadership and Countering Violent Extremism


2018-01-25 - 2019-06-30
Global Affairs Canada
IFM International Security

Country / region 

• Syria (100.00%)


• Conflict Prevention And Resolution, Peace And Security: Civilian peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution (15220) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

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


This project aims to empower women to participate in governance and contribute to countering violent extremism in Syria. It is designed to strengthen the ability of women’s organizations to serve their communities and promote women’s contributions and leadership abilities. Project activities include: (1) providing women-led organizations with technical and peacebuilding training; and (2) providing small grants for projects that provide services to communities, such as education in small business management, and that contribute to reducing violent extremism.

Expected results 

The expected results for this project include: (1) supporting women-led civil society organizations to provide services to their communities; and (2) promoting women as leaders in political decision making bodies at the local level.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (March 2019) include: (1) 17 out of the 17 surveyed civil society organizations heads reported improved ability to implement projects in their community; (2) 95% (or 20 out of 21 civil society organizations) reported coordination with local councils or other governance bodies; (3) 17 women and men leaders of project civil society organizations were elected/selected as members of their respective local/provincial councils and (4) 31% of direct beneficiaries were elected to governance bodies, or 17 out of 54 participants (of which 28 women).

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
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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