Project profile — Empowering girls and front-line actors against sexual and gender-based violence


International Bureau for Children'sRights/Bureau international desdroits des enfants (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011490)
2020-11-17 - 2023-12-01
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Senegal (100.00%)


• Legal and judicial development:
Legal and judicial development (15130) (15.00%)
Justice, law and order policy, planning and administration (15131) (15.00%)
Human rights (15160) (15.00%)
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (40.00%)
• Other Social Infrastructure And Services: Social services (incl youth development and women+ children) (16015) (15.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant 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 (principal 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 aims to strengthen the protection of girls’ rights in Senegal so that girls can better address violence against them. The project focuses on increasing the professionalization of key stakeholders in the child protection system (security forces, prison staff, justice system staff and social workers) by targeting the training, procedures and operating methods of their associated professional bodies. The project also aims to provide girls and boys with skills to defend and advocate for their rights. The project will be rolled out in three regions in Senegal, including Dakar. The project’s activities include: (1) developing, disseminating and integrating operating procedures for each targeted sector (security forces, prison staff, justice system workers and social workers); (2) providing certified training for workers in each group aimed at strengthening their key competencies for interventions involving girls; (3) supporting advocacy towards sectoral departments governing security, judiciary, and social services to support the implementation of a gender-based approach to prevent and combat violence against children; and (4) implementing activities to build girls’ capacities and engagement, and supporting their actions to raise awareness in each project implementing community The project aims to reach 550,000 girls, boys, women and men by building the capacities of 5,270 change agents (including 1,379 women and girls) who work in the child protection system and local communities.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased performance of front-line actors from police, social, justice and prison services in working to prevent and take action against sexual and gender-based violence; and (2) equal empowerment of girls and boys to prevent and act against sexual and gender-based-violence that they may encounter.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) 39 girls and 41 boys from the three regions (Dakar, Fatick, St-Louis) out of 80 children who took part in project activities said they felt able to protect themselves and act in the event of sexual and gender-based violence. The end-of-project target was 90% girls and 85% boys. The children have thus improved their ability to identify risky situations and to refer to care structures; (2) 100% of girls and 98% of boys taking part in the children's participation frameworks via advisory committees, reported being aware of issues relating to their protection and rights. This percentage exceeded the project target of 85% of girls and 80% of boys; (3) 60% of those working in the targeted state sectors who took part in the activities linked to the training kits developed as part of the project stated that they were aware of gender equality. This percentage, an increase from the baseline of 44%, testifies to the gradual understanding of the concept of gender equality and its impact on professional practices. This represents satisfactory progress at this stage of the project towards the 85% target; (4) reached 64% of professionals by year three, out of an end-of-project target of 80%, which is equivalent to a substantial leap forward in improving the skills of professionals who felt able to implement rights-respecting practices.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $1,400,000
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
13-06-2023 Disbursement $458,662
14-08-2023 Disbursement $222,933
04-12-2023 Disbursement $278,130
11-03-2024 Disbursement $355,453
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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