Empowering Communities to Empower Girls

ICRW collaborated with the Nike Foundation, Tostan and the Centre for Research in Human Development to improve the well-being of adolescent girls in 55 communities in Kaolack and Thiès, Senegal. This project is part of Tostan's Community Empowerment Program (CEP), which provides communities with the skills and knowledge to improve their living conditions in a sustainable way. The project involved adolescent girls in CEP program activities that included modules on democracy, human rights, problem solving, hygiene, health, literacy and management skills.

ICRW conducted an evaluation of the project and provided support to Tostan to integrate gender throughout the life of the project. ICRW also worked with Tostan to build its capacity to conduct future evaluations to measure the effects of its programs on social change and gender equity.

Duration: 
2009 - 2012
Partners: 
Nike Foundation, Tostan, Centre for Research in Human Development
Project Director: 
Robin Hayes
Location(s): 
Senegal

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