At Crossroads International, we strongly believe that every woman and girl in the world deserves a life free of violence. In the countries where we work, the way to achieve this goal is still distant. Our volunteers and local partners keep witnessing cases of abuse against women and girls committed inside and outside their households. In rural Africa, girls are married before they reach 15 and are still victims of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in many rural areas. Alarming numbers of sexual violence and harassment require not only educating women and girls about their rights but also educating the perpetrators. Through our local and Canadian partners, we are working with men to help them understand their behaviour and accept responsibility as well as provide them with techniques to prevent the use of violence.
Why this program
45% of Tanzanian women aged 15-49 have experienced either physical or sexual violence
21% of girls in Ghana are married before they reach the age of 18, but rates are as high as 36% in the northern part of the country
United Nations estimates that 200 million girls and women have undergone some form of FGM
Volunteers from John Howard Society of Toronto introduced new approaches to working with men who have been abusers in Ghana and Togo
Ernestine’s Women Shelter volunteers reinforced KWIECO women’s shelter documentation, counselling, and safety policies and practices
Exchanges with Canadian Court volunteers improved the capacity of Tanzanian Court members in promoting women’s and girls’ access to justice
Women who formerly practiced Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the Kipunguni community in Tanzania switched to farming after they learned integrated agriculture
“Every morning I wake up knowing that I can provide my children with a safe home, food and education. That is my biggest accomplishment”. Fatou Kiné Fall fled a violent husband and was assisted at the Crossroads supported women’s shelter in Kaolack, Senegal. After attending management and accounting courses, she applied for a micro-loan and started her own business.