Project profile — When She Leads, Everyone Succeeds - Senegal


Tostan Inc
2019-03-27 - 2024-07-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Senegal (100.00%)


• Basic Health: Health education (12261) (6.00%)
• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health: Population policy and administrative management (13010) (4.00%)
• Decentralisation and support to subnational government:
Decentralisation and support to subnational government (15112) (5.00%)
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (14.00%)
Human rights (15160) (26.00%)
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (20.00%)
• Conflict Prevention And Resolution, Peace And Security: Civilian peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution (15220) (20.00%)
• Banking And Financial Services: Informal/semi-formal financial intermediaries (24040) (5.00%)

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)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project promotes women and girls as agents of change to enhance their own well-being and the well-being of their communities, with a view to abandon harmful practices such as child, early and forced marriage, and female genital mutilation in four regions of Senegal (Tambacounda, Kolda, Kédougou and Sédhiou). This is achieved through the Community Empowerment Program (CEP), which focuses on gender equality and human rights, and offers classes on Peace and Security. Project activities include: (1) providing training to facilitators and supervisors on how to run classes and non-formal education programs in communities; (2) providing training to women and girls on human rights, democracy and good governance, health and hygiene, as well as literacy and numeracy, peaceful conflict mediation, and women’s leadership and participation; (3) providing training to local governing bodies on their roles and responsibilities, human rights and gender-sensitive budgeting; (4) conducting sharing and training seminars on gender-related issues with religious and local leaders; (5) holding inter-village meetings on topics such as human rights, harmful practices, and gender equality; (6) conducting social mobilization campaigns in communities, in addition to youth forums, on human rights and gender equality issues; (7) broadcasting radio programs on human rights and gender equality issues; (8) establishing Community Management Committees and Peace Committees, and training them on their roles and responsibilities, human rights, child protection, peaceful conflict mediation, project management and leading social mobilization to promote gender equality; (9) sharing project results with communities, local governing bodies and departmental committees on child protection throughout the project cycle; and (10) providing funds for income-generating activities for women. The project directly benefits 6,300 women and girls, and 2,700 men and boys, through CEP classes, as well as 6,300 women and girls, and 2,700 men and boys through classes on Peace and Security. The project indirectly affects the lives of more than 50,000 women. By the end of this project, 200 communities are expected to have publicly committed to abandon harmful practices, and safeguard the rights of women and girls.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased respect and promotion of women and girls’ rights by communities and local governing bodies; (2) increased action to end gender-based violence and harmful practices, such as female genital cutting and child, early and forced marriage, that have a disproportionate negative impact on women and girls; and (3) increased participation and leadership of women and girls in economic activities and peace processes in participating communities.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as March 2022 include: (1) 4,753 actions carried out by the communities to combat harmful practices, including awareness campaigns on child marriage and female genital mutilation, as well as on adherence to the immunization schedule, disease transmission, and the care of abused children; (2) 9992 people, including 5777 women and girls and 4215 men and boys, were sensitized on human rights. Women and girls are now more aware of their rights and participate in a more informed manner in community discussions on issues that concern them. Men and boys are more open to listen to them and to take their needs and points of view into account in community decision-making processes; (3) 9 beneficiary local governments took the initiative to develop a gender-sensitive budget with the participation of community members, which resulted in better consideration of their needs in public services and programs; (4) 4,535 people, including 2,439 women and 1,062 girls, have received training in calculation, financial management and feasibility studies in order to have the knowledge and skills required to have an income-generating activity. Of this number, 3191 people, 75% of whom were women and girls, received financing to start their activity.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $113,733
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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