Burkina Faso

Through our Conflict Response Fund, we are providing displaced women in Burkina Faso with access to social and economic resources to sustain their livelihoods in their host communities.

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Conflict Response Fund in Burkina Faso

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The Situation in Burkina Faso

Since 2015, Burkina Faso has faced a growing security crisis, causing a humanitarian emergency and displacing over two million people

Women, in particular, face sociocultural challenges and remain dependent on others for their livelihoods.  

Women and girls experience various forms of violence amidst the conflict, leaving them and their children without basic necessities like food and money. They often live in makeshift shelters and struggle with food insecurity. There are many challenges to address, such as food insecurity, protection from violence against women (VAW), and the safeguarding of human rights.  

Women for Women International established our Conflict Response Fund to partner with local organisations to support displaced women in addressing food scarcity, protection from violence, and other challenges they face. Through our local partners, we’re working to provide resources, support, and opportunities for these women.  

Our Conflict Response Fund partners

Association D’appui d’Eveil Pugsada (ADEP)

We are partnering with the Association D’appui d’Eveil Pugsada (Pugsada Awakening Support Association) to address food insecurity and support internally displaced women in the Zongo District of Ouagagougou.  

Our focus is providing support to women and girls, including survivors of violence. Through this partnership, we aim to promote the rights of women and girls and meet the crucial needs of those displaced and living in poverty. To ensure that our partnership helps meet the needs of women and girls living in host communities and based on the issues they face, we are conducting needs assessments, consultations, and workshops while also partnering with suppliers on needed emergency support items.

Women participants at Association D’appui d’Eveil Pugsada (ADEP). Photo: ADEP
Women participants at Association D’appui d’Eveil Pugsada (ADEP). Photo: ADEP

Association pour la Promotion Féminine de Gaoua (APFG)

We are working with the Association pour la Promotion Féminine de Gaoua (Association for the Promotion of Women of Gaoua). to address food scarcity and promote women’s rights. Their initiative to create nutritious gardens will not only improve agricultural production but also provide better access to nutritional food for women. They will receive training in mixed farming and organic manuring to provide them with valuable, income-generating skills.  

We are also working to raise awareness about VAW, including issues like forced marriage, witchcraft allegations and domestic violence. Through educational talks and forum theatres, we are organising to promote change in behaviors and advocating for protecting the rights of women and girls in Africa. Our aim is to further contribute to peace, social cohesion, and the need for internally displaced persons and vulnerable women to have access to land after forced displacement.  

Women during training at APFG. Photo: APFG
Women during training at APFG. Photo: APFG

Association Munyu des Femmes

Through our work with the Association Munyu des Femmes (Munyu Women’s Association), we are providing holistic care through a listening centre already established by the association to train displaced women to become advocates for change. We are creating “community dialogue groups” comprised of 3 men and 2 women, which will receive training, coaching, and financial support to design and implement action plans to promote women’s rights and positive masculinity in their communities in concrete ways that lead to improved gender relations and positive behaviors.

The project also aims to strengthen the referral network of GBV service providers, improve the management of GBV cases, and provide holistic support for survivors of GBV. Separately, through this partnership, vulnerable women, including IDPs, receive training in life skills and community engagement to improve their self-esteem, self-confidence, and ability to act as agents of positive change in their communities.  

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Conflict Response Fund

subtitle: In 2018, we launched a new conflict response fund — a separate funding pool to more rapidly help women who are caught in the current horrors of our time. To reach women in their most critical moments, we work with partners who can respond to conflict and

In 2018, we launched a new conflict response fund — a separate funding pool to more rapidly help women who are caught in the current horrors of our time. To reach women in their most critical moments, we work with partners who can respond to conflict and make an immediate impact.


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