Poverty, gender-based violence, early marriage and limited participation in political and public life are some of the hardships women and girls face in Burkina Faso. The country has a child marriage prevalence rate of 52% and 76% of women and girls aged 15 to 49 have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Despite positive actions taken by the Burkinabe government, the influence of traditions and culture is still important and continues to weigh on women and girls. Women representation in the Burkinabe parliament is only 11%.
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 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.