Women’s Voice and Leadership in Haiti (WVF–Haiti)

Area of Expertise

  • Gender Equality

Means of Action

  • Development
Country Country

Haiti, 8 of the country’s 10 departments (Ouest, Sud-Est, Sud, Grand Anse, Artibonite, Centre, Nord, Nord-Est)

Length Length

November 2018 to December 2023

Beneficiaries Beneficiaries

• 30 organizations and 6 networks defending women's and girls' rights
• 3,000 women, young women and girls who are direct beneficiaries
• 130,000 women, young women and girls who are indirect beneficiaries

Partners Partners

• Haiti’s ministry on the status of women and women’s rights (Ministère à la Condition Féminine et
aux Droits des Femmes, MCFDF)
• 30 organizations (24 local and 6 national) defending the rights of women and girls

Budget Budget

$8,124,371 Global Affairs Canada

Haiti’s feminist movement was weakened after the January 12, 2010 earthquake, when several of its leaders disappeared. Funding for women’s/feminist civil society organizations dramatically increased in the aftermath, but has greatly diminished in recent years. As a result, women’s organizations are facing major financial and organizational challenges that affect their work in support of women’s and girls’ rights and gender equality in Haiti.

The Women’s Voice and Leadership project in Haiti (or “Pou Fanm Pi Djanm” in creole) is aimed at meeting challenges faced by women’s civil society organizations by supporting them in building their technical and financial capacities. The purpose of the project is to build the capacities and support the activities of women’s organizations, networks and movements in Haiti to enable women and girls to exercise their rights, and to advance gender equality.

The project provides coaching to more than 30 women’s civil society organizations (6 national and 24 local) that are fighting for women’s and girls’ rights. This will enable them to strengthen their organizational structure, become more financially self-sufficient, offer better quality services to a larger segment of the population, primarily women and girls, and engage in constructive dialogue with State authorities to improve the legislative and legal environment so that women’s rights are better protected. 

The following activities are planned as part of the WLV project: 

  • Coaching for partner women’s organizations in identifying their strengths and weaknesses, as well as the external influences that can affect their work promoting women’s rights 
  • Coaching for women’s organizations in developing strategic plans, including a plan to progressively shore up their own structure 
  • Support for advocacy activities carried out by networks of women’s organizations 
  • Support for the action plans of the networks of women’s organizations that are project partners 
  • Production, analysis and sharing of data on violations of women’s rights in Haiti, with a view to advancing advocacy 
  • Support for university research on themes relating to the progress of women’s rights in Haiti

Project Figures

36 women's organizations received financial support to carry out activities promoting women’s and girls’ rights 

6 women's organizations received financial support to strengthen their organizational structures 

7,388 people (80% women) directly participated in training and advocacy activities

13 women's organizations received financial support to conduct VIDOC-19 prevention campaigns in their communities

160,000 people will have a better knowledge of human rights, and will be better able to defend and exercise these rights by the end of the project