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The PLF launch cycle

The Women’s Leadership Program Launch Cycle
Bamako, Ouagadougou, Niamey
July-August 2019


The multi-dimensional launch cycle of the Women’s Leadership Program is a series of regional activities which brought together hundreds of actors, civil society organizations, representatives of state institutions and international organizations in Mali, Niger and in Burkina Faso.

The organization of the project launch cycle made it possible to introduce the project to the various stakeholders with whom DDG collaborated in its implementation. These include NGOs and civil society organizations (CSOs) through the partners’ round table; representatives of the State institutions of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso during the Official Launch Ceremony of the project and women’s civil society organizations during the experience sharing symposium.

Held in July and August 2019, a multi-dimensional launch cycle was successively organized in Mali (July 22-25, 2019 in Bamako), in Burkina Faso (August 7-9, 2019 in Ouagadougou) and in Niger (from 29-30 August 2019).

In each country, the launch cycle was divided into three types of activities:

1-A round table of actors and partners:

Organized in Mali and Burkina Faso, it was an exchange meeting with actors from organizations working on the themes of promoting the voice of Sahelian women through leadership programs, inclusive governance, participation in the public security debate, notably the Women, Peace and Security agenda. This round table made it possible to present the project to other actors and partners working in areas similar to the PLF. It also enabled the creation of future synergies of actions between similar projects in Mali and Burkina Faso.

2. An official ceremony to launch the project :

Held in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, this ceremony aimed to present the project to political and administrative authorities, representatives of Embassies as well as representatives of national and international organizations active in the promotion of rights , access, participation and leadership of women in security and governance of the security sector.

3- A symposium for sharing experience and collaborative analysis of the obstacles to the participation and leadership of women in civil society in security governance

The symposia were marked by a large participation of the female civil society of the three countries and coming from all the regions of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso was led to draw up in a collaborative way the inventory of fixtures of the participation of the women of civil society in security governance. They were thus able to understand and contribute to enriching the PLF’s approach, in particular by making a diagnosis of the situation at local and national levels during group work facilitated by women volunteers previously trained for this purpose by DDG and WANEP. These inclusive working groups, organized by regional and geographical areas, also enabled the formulation of recommendations intended to adapt the project approach to the local and national realities of each country, and lay the foundation for real ownership of the project by women’s civil society organizations. Among the recommendations collected, we can cite:

– Choose women who are competent, available, influential, committed, capable of restitution and aware

– The program must be representative at the local level (involvement of everyone)

– Set up a website to communicate on the evolution of the pool

– Increase the number of women in the pool

– All training received must be returned to the most remote village

– The call for candidates must be communicated on time and with the greatest transparency

– Review the number of the pool to at least 8 women per country,

– Designate women who are influential and experienced in the defense of women’s rights.

Thanks to the recommendations collected during the various symposia, the selection criteria for future members of the pool were identified in a collaborative manner, allowing us to draw up the profile of the candidates sought.


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