Our Canadian partner organizations provide technical and strategic support for the recruitment of Canadian volunteers to advance gender equality together. Private sector companies, women’s organizations, academics, and African diaspora organizations work with Crossroads every day to implement our holistic gender transformative approach. In Canada, their active participation, and long-term commitment as Gender Equality Champions advance gender equality in sub-Saharan African communities.
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 Eswatini, Ghana and Tanzania on reinforcing partners’ leadership skills.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.