When She Leads, Everyone Succeeds – Senegal

Reporting Organization:Tostan Inc
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 4,000,000
Timeframe: March 27, 2019 - December 1, 2023
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Tostan Inc

Participating Organizations


Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Senegal - $ 4,000,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Gender Equality (40 %)

Human Rights, Advocacy & Public Engagement (24 %)

Protection (12 %)

Sexual & Gender-based Violence (12 %)

Education (6 %)

Law, Governance & Public Policy (6 %)

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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.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adult men Adolescent females Adolescent males Children, girls Children, boys
Total Direct Population: 18,000
Total Indirect Population: 50,000
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Results & Indicators

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.

Achieved Results



  • None Selected
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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