The socio-political instability and devastating floods in recent years have contributed to high food insecurity in Togo. Around 58% of its population live in poverty. Almost 30% of children under 5 years old are chronically malnourished. Togolese women face many obstacles in the exercise of their rights. For instance, about 22% of women aged 20 to 24 years were first married or in union before 18. Child marriage in Togo occurs more frequently among girls who are the least educated, poorest and living in rural areas.
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.
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.