Project profile — A Thousand women: I am a woman, I exist, I participate


Colleges and Institutes Canada(previously named ACCC) (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011137)
2020-05-05 - 2026-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Senegal (100.00%)


• Education policy and administrative management:
Education policy and administrative management (11110) (20.00%)
Teacher training (11130) (5.00%)
• Secondary Education: Vocational training (11330) (20.00%)
• Post-Secondary Education: Higher education (11420) (5.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General: Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (50.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (significant objective)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (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 seeks to empower some of Senegal’s most vulnerable and marginalized women by increasing their active participation in the economy and in their community’s development. The project adopts the Validation of Acquired Experience (VAE) approach, which recognizes the knowledge and skills that women have acquired throughout their life and in their everyday work, to make it easier for them to access training programs tailored to their needs. Project activities include: (1) developing and delivering technical and vocational training programs in growing sectors, based on the VAE approach and tailored to the needs of some of the most vulnerable and marginalized women; (2) supporting the selected women as they develop their businesses, market their products and join the workforce; (3) training the instructors, directors and officers of ministries involved in gender equality so they can provide more effective support to the selected women; (4) conducting outreach, advocacy and promotion activities related to the role of women in the economic and social development of communities; and (5) supporting collaboration and networking with economic associations to promote women’s participation. The project expects to benefit 1,000 vulnerable women trained in a trade and supported as agents of change in their community. Also, 500 people working in the structures of partner ministries will receive training in gender equality and VAE methodology. In addition, 200,000 people will be engaged and educated on the importance of the economic, social and civic inclusion of some of the most vulnerable women.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased inclusion of women as social and economic development actors; and (2) increased influence of women as active citizens in their communities.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) recruited gender focal points in each of the project’s seven regions of intervention. They play a crucial role in coordinating and implementing local activities. Their inclusion enhances the project’s representation in all targeted regions, ensuring that the approach is more targeted and tailored to local realities and that activities are monitored more closely. They facilitate information gathering, coordination with local actors, and data and report consolidation to ensure a more complete assessment of the progress made in each region. (2) held several consultation workshops to ensure the report on the condition of women and girls in the project’s seven regions was finalized. They conducted these to develop the project’s gender equality strategy and action plan, identify promising sectors and develop the women’s enrollment strategy. The strategy addresses all aspects of the project, and its activities should help reduce gender inequalities and promote attitudes and behaviours that foster gender equality, which will have a positive impact on vulnerable women and their communities. (3) selected 22 promising sectors of activity depending on each region’s needs, based on the state of the condition of women and girls, consultations with regional partners, and the use of strategic documents from the project and the Government of Senegal. The enrollment of women as project beneficiaries and certification of stakeholders in these sectors is to begin in fiscal year 2023-24.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $3,770,000
Planned disbursement $3,953,690
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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