The overall objective of this project is to “strengthen the resilience of young people to violent extremism and promote long-term stability in northern Tillabéri“.
The project “On est ensemble”, funded by USAID for a period of 22 months (March 31, 2020, to January 31, 2022) is implemented in partnership with the local association ComDev, the “Haute Autorité pour la consolidation de la paix” (HACP), the Governorate of Tillabéri, the councils of young people, local conflict management structures, community radios and young leaders.
This project is implemented in five (5) municipalities of the Tillabéri region (Abala, Ayorou, Banibangou, Bankilaré, Sanam).
This gender analysis and youth mapping aims to identify gender dynamics and young leaders who initiate collaboration with their peers for positive engagement.
The forms of engagement of young people in social and development actions take many forms. This study identified that either some young people may be engaged in formal mechanisms under the Ministry of Youth and Sports, or in informal community structures such as the “fadas”.
Women’s participation in decision-making is limited by cultural, religious, and social barriers. For example, gender responsibilities such as women’s roles in households and within communities are dominant. Women must take care of children and household chores. However, women can have small businesses with their husband’s authorization. Women are not allowed to express their opinion in the presence of men. Some respondents mention that members of the community have a bad perception of women who speak in front of men.
With regard to access to resources, respondents in all of the communes said that women do not culturally have the possibility of owning land, except in very rare cases where they can have small land portions.
The use of female role models in decision-making frameworks is a strategy suggested by respondents to encourage women to assert themselves more in community activities and exchange frameworks.