Association D’Appui et d’Eveil Pugsada (ADEP)
ADEP is committed to fighting for the recognition and respect of girls’ rights in Burkina Faso. Their main objective is to improve the legal status and the socio-economic living conditions of girls covering various areas such as sexual harassment in schools, early and forced marriage, sexual and reproductive health, literacy, or economic empowerment of girls through income-generating activities. Since 2016, Crossroads International and ADEP have forged a partnership centered mainly on projects aiming at strengthening the economic empowerment of women and girls.
Association Solidarité et Entraide Mutuelle au Sahel (SEMUS)
SEMUS works on women’s empowerment, leadership and entrepreneurship. Crossroads International has been working with SEMUS since 2016 on projects that target the economic empowerment of rural women in different sectors, including agriculture and services.
Coalition Burkinabé pour les Droits de la femme (CBDF)
CBDF is a network of 15 NGOs and associations with a diversity of skills and the common goal of improving women’s rights. CBDF works on promoting equality between men and women, defending women’s effective participation in politics and fighting against gender-based violence. Crossroads International and the CBDF main area of collaboration is preventing girls’ forced and early marriages.
PAG-LA-YIRI- Association des femmes
PAG-LA-YIRI- Association des femmes works on the empowerment of rural women by responding to their needs and concerns. The association promotes the creation of a socio-cultural context favorable to women, the creation of a platform to promote women’s access to information and the inclusion of women in the local economy through income-generating activities. Crossroads International has been working with the PAG-LA-YIRI Association since 2014, focusing on programs that target the economic empowerment of rural women in different sectors of activities such as soap production, agriculture and business development.
Réseau d’Appui à la Citoyenneté des Femmes Rurales d’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Tchad (RESACIFROAT)
RESACIFROAT’s main objective is building platforms and networks to help rural women to have an increased representation in decision-making spaces. They organize workshops to involve women in addressing issues related to environment and natural resources. These workshops led to the implementation of reforestation, desertification control and energy saving activities. Crossroads works with RESACIFROAT on increasing women’s leadership and political representation.
COADY International Institute
The COADY International Institute is an organization focused on community-based development and leadership education. The Institute is committed to reducing poverty by strengthening local economies through building resilient communities and promoting social accountability and good governance. The COADY Institute strives to break down and transform the North-South divide by bringing Canadians and people from the South together to exchange innovations and learn from each other. Through adult education programs, effective partnerships and applicable research, the COADY Institute is equipping community leaders and their organizations with the knowledge and practical tools to enhance their performance. The institute works with Crossroads partners in Swaziland, Ghana and Tanzania on reinforcing partners’ leadership skills.
Coop de Solidarité Jardins du Pied de Céleri
The cooperative’s mission is to provide the community with diverse, local, fresh and organic vegetables from environmentally friendly agriculture while creating stable and quality employment for farmers. The cooperative strengthens the relationship between producers and consumers through direct marketing and openness to the community. The cooperative works with local partners in Senegal on women’s economic empowerment.
ENABLIS Entrepreneurial Network
ENABLIS is a non-profit organization that promotes entrepreneurship since 2003. Their mission is to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) that create jobs in developing countries and emerging economies. To carry out their mission, ENABLIS identifies SMEs with high potential for growth, nurtures their professional and personal development and provides them with networking, coaching, mentoring and skills. ENABLIS works with Crossroads partners in Senegal.
Ernestine Women’s Shelter
Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter was formed in 1983 to provide a safe place for women and children fleeing violence. Since that time, Ernestine’s has assisted more than 6,000 families with critical immediate care services. They also assist women and children in rebuilding their lives by providing crisis intervention and a range of holistic support services, while acknowledging issues facing survivors of abuse. The shelter adapts its services to the unique needs of the individual and promotes awareness, education and advocates for early intervention and prevention. Ernestine works with KWIECO women’s shelter in Tanzania.
Humber College – International Development Program
Humber’s International Development graduate certificate program provides students with the skills, knowledge and experience to identify, grow, develop and manage international development and disaster relief projects around the world. Graduates have worked in some of the most difficult environments in the world or they may work in developed countries changing policies to make a difference in the South. Faculty are chosen for their field expertise and experience in international development or United Nations agencies. The college works with our partners in Ghana on access to justice programs.
John B. Howard Society of Toronto
The society is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 focused on reducing crime and repairing the social and individual harm that crime causes. The society carries out their mission through various programs that pursue the effective integration into the community of those in conflict with the law. They promote humane changes in the law and the administration of justice as well as the fair and humane treatment of all incarcerated persons. The institute works with Crossroads partners in Ghana and Togo training law enforcement officers and social workers in gender-based violence prevention and response and sensitizing men perpetrators of gender violence.
Miel Montréal Co-op develops and provides educational services related to bees and more generally biodiversity in the city, as well as support the beekeeping community. Their activities are based on three pillars: learn (bees and pollinators, city apiculture and urban diversity), network (community hives, volunteers, best practice exchanges) and support (hive management, support package, honey extraction and melliferous flora). Miel Montréal works with partners in Togo.
Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA)
The UPA is an official body that speaks on behalf of Quebec farm and forestry producers. They unite farmers in two ways: based on where they live and what they produce.The UPA’s promotes, defends and further the professional, economic, social, and moral interests of Quebec’s farm and forestry producers. UPA establishes partnerships with farmers’ organizations from Africa, Latin America and Asia to strengthen their capacity to act collectively for the development of agriculture and the well being of rural families. UPA works with Crossroads International partners in Togo.
Papillon MDC was founded in 2010 by with the purpose to transform lives by helping leaders worldwide improve their relationships with self, others and the larger social environment. They accomplish this purpose by leveraging their expertise in leadership, developmental psychology, corporate management, and knowledge transfer. Papillon MDC works with Crossroads local partners in Senegal on women’s and girls’ leadership programs.
Power to Girls Foundation
Power to Girls Foundation empowers and encourages girls and helps create spaces that fosters growth, leadership and economic freedom. They provide mentorship, community interaction and recreational activities that inspire self-confidence, self-esteem, friendship and healthy eating and hygiene practices among girls. The Foundation works with members of girls’ empowerment clubs in Ghana.
TÉLUQ Université du Québec
TÉLUQ is a francophone university offering its courses via distance education. Every year, nearly 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students obtain their university education in 80 programs. Their content is designed by professors in collaboration with education technology and media production specialists. TELUQ works with Crossroads partners in Mali and Togo.
The Green Beaver Company
Green Beaver is a family enterprise founded in 2002 by a biochemist, Karen Clark and a microbiologist, Alain Ménard. They both left the pesticide and pharmaceutical industries to start a healthier and more natural life. Green Beaver’s mission is to help people reduce the amount of toxic chemical ingredients they are exposed to and that pollute our environment. Green Beaver relies on pure, natural ingredients to bring to clients safe alternatives to common household cleaning and personal care products. They work with UNFCS in Senegal on women’s economic empowerment.
Women’s Human Rights Institute (WHRI)- Ghana
The WHRI helps participants develop a practical understanding of the UN Human Rights system and learn how to apply a women’s human rights framework to a multiplicity of issues. Participants develop practical facilitation skills to help them become human rights educators in their own regions and organizations. The WHRI relies on support from funders and partner organizations committed to women’s human rights education and empowerment. The WHRI works with local partners in Ghana.
ABANTU for Development
Abantu for Development fights against cultural, legal and political obstacles to women attaining economic independence and equality before the law. It aims to ensure the advancement of women’s interests, benefiting men and women as equal partners. Abantu’s approach to development is based on a people-centered philosophy, one that is participatory, African and gender-focused. Abantu works with Crossroads International since 2007 on women’s leadership and access to justice programs.
DUNK – Developing Unity, Nurturing Knowledge
DUNK is a youth-led, community-based organization established in November 2010 and Registered as a Non-Governmental Organization in March 2011. Its mission is to create safe spaces for at-risk children and women aged 8-19 years living in deprived communities. It provides a space for beneficiaries to play, learn, and grow; through sports, after-school support, life-skills, and vocational training. Through its programming, DUNK empowers children and young women to become agents of change in their own communities. DUNK is currently operating in the two most deprived communities in Accra: Nima and Jamestown, reaching out to 250 children and women each year.
Network of Women in Growth (NEWIG)
NEWIG was founded in 2002 as a skills development and gender employment non-profit organisation with the goal of improving the conditions of the less privileged in society, more specifically women. NEWIG works on creating a platform for women to access to economic opportunities, good health and sustainable lifestyles as well as political representation. NEWIG’s mission is to improve the socio-economic and political status of women in Ghana, particularly the poor, marginalized and vulnerable. Their goals are to empower women to attain and play leadership roles in society, make women aware of their rights and get them into employment. NEWIG and Crossroads work on access to justice and women leadership programs.
Pro-Link focuses on bringing development opportunities for the rural poor, especially women and girls. Its mission is to advocate for and empower disadvantaged people to improve their health, educational and socio-economic status. Pro-Link’s efforts embrace a broad cross-section of rural development and advocacy issues, including reproductive health and education, HIV/AIDS, child survival, income generation, vocational training and food security. Crossroads International and Pro-Link work together since 2006 on women’s economic empowerment and gender-based violence.
Women in Law and Development in Africa – Ghana (WiLDAF GHANA)
WiLDAF Ghana is a non-governmental organization committed to the protection and promotion of women’s rights. It is a member of the pan-African WiLDAF network, active in 31 countries across Africa. WiLDAF works on improving women’s access to justice as well as increasing their participation in democracy through a combination of advocacy, training, legal literacy, education and research. WiLDAF Ghana works with Crossroads on access to justice and gender-based violence programs.
Association pour la promotion de la femme sénégalaise (APROFES)
APROFES supports the socio-economic and cultural development of Senegalese women and their role in decision-making forums. The organization was founded in 1987 by members of a cultural association called “Mag Daan”, who believed that development efforts were failing because they did not consider the needs of women. APROFES’ projects are focused on raising awareness of women’s rights, increasing their social, political and economic representation, enabling their better access to health services, increasing their economic independence and reducing violence against them. Crossroads and APROFES have been partners since 2007 and work together on food security, women’s economic empowerment and women’s and girls’ access to justice.
Union Nationale des Femmes Coopératrices du Sénégal (UNFCS)
UNFCS supports women’s economic and social development since its foundation in 1996. Focused mainly on rural communities, they build women’s self-confidence, as well as enable them to acquire specialized skills and master professional techniques, improve their position within the home and increase their income. UNFCS members work mainly on food and cereal processing and soap-making. UNFCS currently reaches more than 15,000 women in 10 regions. The Union and Crossroads work on women’s economic empowerment programs through partnership with the Canadian private sector, Green Beaver and Papillon MDC.
Réseau des Organisations Paysannes et Pastorales du Sénégal (RESOPP)
RESOPP is an union of rural cooperatives whose members work mainly on agriculture and livestock as well as related processing and marketing activities. RESOPP’s mission is to improve, in a supportive and sustainable way, the living conditions of Senegal’s rural populations, through cooperatives that provide efficient and adapted services in production, processing and microfinance. They offer collective support to member cooperatives, reaching more than 30,000 farmers. RESOPP and Crossroads work on women’s and youths’ economic empowerment programs.
Family Life Association of Swaziland (FLAS)
FLAS vision is a country where young people enjoy good health as a fundamental rights, live free from HIV / AIDS and have the confidence and capacities to make a meaningful contribution to the sustainable livelihoods of self and others. FLAS is one of Swaziland leading organizations in youth sexual and reproductive health services, including HIV / AIDS prevention and response. Crossroads and FLAS work on women’s and youth’s leadership programs.
Gone Rural and Gone Rural boMake
Gone Rural boMake, the not-for-profit arm of Gone Rural, was established in 2006 to assist artisans and members of Gone Rural. Committed to sustainable social responsibility and Fair Trade principles, Gone Rural has successfully created a business model that empowers rural women by providing them with income and professional skills. Gone Rural provides a regular source of income generation to almost 800 women and Gone Rural boMake complements this by implementing social programs benefitting these women and their communities. Gone Rural boMake positively impacts the lives of more than 6,000 people through education, health and social programs. Crossroads and Gone Rural and Gone Rural boMake work on women’s economic empowerment.
Swaziland Fair Trade (SWIFT)
SWIFT is composed of companies that produce high quality handcraft in Swaziland. SWIFT ensures each company aligns with the principles of Fair Trade and is committed to helping its members and artisans to grow their businesses by encouraging and facilitating trade. SWIFT is constantly exploring new market opportunities both locally and internationally, while promoting members with potential customers. SWIFT and Crossroads International work on women’s economic empowerment programs since 2015.
Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA)
SWAGAA is a leader in the fight against gender-based violence in Swaziland since 1990. SWAGAA brings abuse against women and children into the public eye and to the attention of decision-makers, through advocacy, education and media initiatives. In addition, SWAGAA provides counselling and other services to victims of abuse and has recently increased its involvement in programs designed to prevent abuse, including an innovative project for engaging men. SWAGAA has taken part in regional efforts to combat gender-based violence and hosted international events on preventing abuse. The group works with Crossroads since 2003 on girls’ empowerment, women’s and girls’ economic empowerment and gender-based-violence prevention programs.
Kilimanjaro Women Information Exchange and Consultancy Organization (KWIECO)
KWIECO is a human rights and gender organization focused on achieving a society that respects equal rights through education and the provision of access to justice and economic empowerment for women and marginalized population sectors. Its main programs include legal human rights and gender education, legal counseling, litigation, lobbying and advocacy, women’s economic empowerment and social support to survivors of gender-based violence and child abuse. KWIECO has a shelter project for women fleeing abuse. Crossroads International work with KWIECO on access to justice, gender-based violence prevention and women’s economic empowerment programs since 2015. In 2016 Crossroads International launched a partnership with Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter in Toronto to support KWIECO’s shelter institutional and programming capacity in assisting women and children fleeing violence.
Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP)
TGNP Mtandao is a leading gender organization in Tanzania. Their goal is to increase the engagement of grassroots women and other marginalized groups in their mission to build a feminist movement for social and gender transformation. Established in 1993, as a liaison between the grassroots population and policy makers, they aim to transform Tanzania society to achieve gender equality, women’s empowerment and social justice. TGNP has made substantial contributions stimulating public debate and activism on policy and other social issues affecting women and marginalized social groups. Crossroads International’s partnership with TGNP is focused on women’s leadership and economic empowerment programs.
Groupe de réflexion et d’action femme démocratie et développement (GF2D)
GF2D was founded in 1992 to increase women’s participation in public life and to ensure that the civil, economic and political rights of women are legally protected. GF2D runs legal aid offices, a reference center on women’s rights and offers specialized training on gender issues. Its work focuses on three sectors: legal services for women, public education on the rights of women and the promotion of women’s leadership and participation in civil service, politics and public life. GF2D and Crossroads International work on women’s and youth’s leadership and women’s and girl’s rights programs since 2007.
ONG La Colombe
La Colombe was created in 1990 by women of various professions motivated to fight against poverty and defend women and children’s health in Togo. The organization’s mission is to assist women and children in need through integrated and holistic actions. They are fighting for a just, equitable and democratic society where women and children can live to their full potential. La Colombe works in partnership with Crossroads International since 2012 on women’s economic empowerment and girls’ empowerment programs.