Francophonie of the Future: International Day of La Francophonie 2022

La Francophonie is a group of 88 states and member governments and observers that share French as a common language, as well as values in common. 

According to the CanWaCH Project Explorer, over the past decade, there have been 551 global development and humanitarian initiatives in 54 Francophonie countries.

This year’s theme, “Francophonie of the future”, highlights the support to youth and their aspirations, including in areas of sustainable development, entrepreneurship and digital technology. 

Get to know some of the projects in our Project Explorer engaging youth and promoting their health and wellbeing!

Empowering Women through Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Morocco

Reporting Organization: CARE Canada

The purpose of the project is to economically empower rural women in Morocco’s Marrakesh-Safi region. The project seeks to increase women’s decision-making power over their businesses, to improve business development support services’ responsiveness to gender equality issues, and to engage communities in supporting women’s rights and breaking down gender stereotypes (in public and private spheres) related to women’s entrepreneurship. 

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Expanding Access to Health and Rights for Women and Girls in Haiti

Reporting Organization: Partners In Health Canada / Zanmi Lasante

‎This project aims to address gaps in the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women and girls in Haiti. In particular, this project reinforces and expands previous work on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and gender equality in the eleven clinical sites in Lower Artibonite and Central Plateau.‎

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My Voice, My Health: Improving the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Adolescents in Senegal

Reporting Organization: Crossroads International

The project seeks to improve the accessibility, quality and use of sexual and reproductive health services for adolescent girls and boys in the Kédougou region of Senegal. Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) education is central to this project’s approach in order to provide young people, especially young girls, with the tools they need to protect themselves against sexual and sexist violence, including female genital mutilation. 

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Improving the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Adolescents in Benin (PASSRELLE)

Reporting Organization: Santé Monde

This project aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescent girls in the Atlantique and Mono departments of Benin. The project supports more than 108,000 adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 in the full exercise of their fundamental rights in the area of sexual and reproductive health.

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Girls’ Education for a Better Future in the Great Lakes Region

Reporting Organization: Fondation Paul Gerin-Lajoie

The project aims to increase the empowerment of girls, adolescent girls and women, including those who are refugees, displaced, returning to their countries of origin and persons with disabilities in the Great Lakes region through education. The project is a regional response to the educational needs of girls, adolescent girls and women in the region. 

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Improving maternal and child health care for vulnerable populations

Reporting Organization: L’AMIE

The project aims to reduce the death rate among mothers and children in Bujumbura, Burundi, specifically in the health district of Musaga, a densely populated and particularly poor population district. To this end, a new maternal and child health program will be established at the recognized APECOS health center in the country through its PMTCT program.

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March 20, 2022