Project profile — Accelerating the Elimination of Gender-Based Violence Against Girls and Adolescents in Benin


UNICEF (41122)
2022-02-10 - 2028-08-30
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Benin (100.00%)


• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health: Population policy and administrative management (13010) (5.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General: Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (95.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• 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 (principal 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)


This initiative contributes to ending harmful practices and violence against girls and adolescents, including child marriage, in Benin. To achieve this, UNICEF works to equip girls and women better to take ownership of their rights and access appropriate social and protective services. Project activities include: (1) strengthening Benin’s capacity to respond to sexual and gender-based violence against girls and adolescents; and (2) providing technical assistance to key government structures at both national and sub-national levels. The project also works with communities to bring about gender transformative behaviour change, by mobilizing and empowering community actors to fight against harmful traditional practices and support girls’ and adolescents’ rights.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased synergy between health and protection services to combat gender-based violence against girls and adolescents; (2) improved delivery of care and prevention services for girls and adolescents at risk or victims of violence by staff trained and sensitive to the rights of girls and adolescents; and (3) increased participation of adolescents and young women and men, women’s associations, watch committees, religious leaders and families in the defence and protection of the rights of girls and adolescents.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) 34,402 girls and adolescents between zero and 19 years of age received prevention and protection services against sexual violence and abuse; (2) 67,453 children, including 32,464 women and 34,989 men, received psychosocial support through child-friendly spaces supported by the project; (3) carried out 286 activities and community dialogues led by adolescent girls or women's associations on girls' rights, gender equality and services adapted to the needs of survivors of gender-based violence; and (4) trained 70,075 community members, including religious leaders, parents and boys on girls' rights, and on preventing and responding to gender-based violence.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $1,800,000
Planned disbursement $1,800,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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