Promoting women's rights

To achieve a broad range of development goals, from reducing violence to building local economies, one common thread must link our strategies: the empowerment of women. Yet in many countries, women are denied even their most basic rights. To strengthen women’s equality, Crossroads International’s partnerships support women who have experienced violence and rape, as well as helping impoverished women to establish income-generating activities to support their families. As women develop skills and confidence they are increasingly raising their voices to demand equal rights. Crossroads is also supporting a number of projects to increase women’s participation in governance. Through partnership exchanges and regional gatherings Crossroads is increasing connections and collaboration among women activists and organizations regionally and internationally.

GirlAmplifying voices: Girls'  empowerment clubs in SwazilandEmpowerment clubs are a place where girls can speak their minds and develop the courage and determination necessary to build a brighter future for themselves and their communities. In short, girls who attend empowerment clubs know that they have the power to change their world.

Speaking up and speaking out: Access to justice for allCrossroads International and local partner Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF-Ghana) have been working together since 2007 to support women in speaking up and speaking out so their rights, needs, and concerns are heard in the courts, in the streets, and at home. 

Crossroads volunteers bring specialized skills and training to the first ever women's shelter in Tanzania The Kilimanjaro Women Information Exchange and Consultancy Organization (KWIECO) opened the first-of-its-kind women's shelter for abuse surivivors in Tanzania. To help support women fleeing violence, Crossroads and KWIECO partnered with Ernestine's Women Shelter, an established Toronto-based women's shelter.

Togo GF2DEngaging men to reduce violence against women globally To support local organizations fighting against domestic violence in Togo and Ghana, Crossroads International partnered with John Howard Society of Toronto whose Domestic Violence Program has proven successful in working with men convicted of abuse.


Togo GF2DDefending Women's Rights in Togo : Trained Paralegals Help Women Assert Their Rights While civil law in Togo has become less discriminatory over the past decade, few women are aware of their new legal rights and freedoms. With the help of Crossroads International and a local Togolese organization, women are learning about their rights and how to stand up for them.



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