Benin: Integration of the Gender Approach

One of the fundamental transversal themes of the PA3D program in Benin is related to the effort consented to the reduction of the disparities between men and women and women access to productive activities likely to reduce their vulnerability and their food insecurity.

Thus, at the end of the program:

  • Women have been actively involved in the whole of the activities promoted by PA3D;
  • Taking into account of gender has been done with the analysis of the feminization of poverty in Benin;
  • Introducing the budgeting by gender to give impulse to the investment towards the marginalized categories;
  • A percentage of the funding was also granted for investment in favour of gender;
  • Setting-up in each municipality, a specific consultation framework on gender that integrates actors such as the executives of the municipality and the CPS, the representatives of the feminine groups;
  • Providing trainings, campaigns and activities, such as the promotion of feminine leaders, the awareness of the elected representatives, radio programs and campaigns on nutritional hygiene, scholarship, the monitoring of the projects of the feminine groups in the municipality or the setting up of celebrations for the Women’s international day, have been organised.

One step further towards Women’s empowerment

In order for the participation of women in the decision-making levels, awareness actions have been made in all the municipalities of the area of intervention of the PA3D. The feminine leaders have first been identified then presented to the public in each district.

These leaders and their husbands have been made aware of their potential, so that they accept at the given time, the positioning of their wives on the electoral lists. An advocacy has been done to the political parties to accept women on their electoral list and more particularly in good position to ensure their election.

Furthermore, advocacy has been made so that women are more represented in the committees of the management of municipal infrastructures. Thus, in total, 20 committees have been implemented in all the municipalities. 48, 52% of the office positions are secured by women against 51, 58% by men on average.

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