This project is part of Canada’s Women’s Voice and Leadership Program, which supports local and regional women’s organisations and networks that are working to promote women’s rights, and advance women’s empowerment and gender equality in developing countries. This is done by supporting their activities, building their institutional capacity, and promoting network and alliance-building as women’s rights and feminist organizations are critical agents of change. The Program also responds to the significant, globally recognized gap in funding and support to women’s rights organizations and movements around the world. This project is implemented by Plan International Canada and Plan International Ghana. It will support up to 24 small and medium-sized local women rights organizations to better advocate for changes in policies and legislation that negatively impact women and their rights and to deliver services to advance gender equality. In addition, up to 65 local women’s organizations will benefit from smaller grants designed to support innovative approaches that will create lasting contributions for women and girls and respond to emerging issues, such as challenging harmful and discriminatory practices and social norms in Ghana. The initiative will also support two national women’s rights networks — WiLDAF and NETRIGHT — to enhance their collective voice to advocate for Ghanaian women’s and girls’ rights and ensure sustainability of the women’s movement in Ghana.
The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved management, sustainability, performance and innovation of local women’s rights organizations in Ghana; (2) enhanced delivery of quality services and advocacy by women’s rights organizations to advance gender equality; and (3) enhanced collaboration, collective action and innovation of local women’s rights organizations and platforms to advance gender equality and the rights of women and girls in Ghana.