WOMEN’S ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT FOR COLLECTIVE TRANSFORMATION (WEACT) 

 

 

Background

This project has the ultimate outcome of enhancing economic empowerment, well-being and inclusive economic growth for women in the Northern, Savanna, Upper East, Upper West, Western North and Western regions of Ghana.

The project specifically works with women working in agriculture (shea and Cocoa value-chains) and in the informal economy including women-led households who face vulnerabilities in achieving economic empowerment.

With funding from Global Affairs Canada, the project is led in implementation by Oxfam Quebec and Oxfam in Ghana.  Oxfam plays a facilitating, supporting, and convening role to ensure the success of this initiative bringing together seven key partners who have co-created this project: SEND Ghana, Friends of the Nation (FoN), Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF), TungTeiya Women’s Association, Shea Network, NORSAAC and Viamo. These partners share responsibility for the implementation of the project in their operating districts across the six selected regions.

FoN leads the implementation of the project in Western and Western North regions to collectively work to enhance women’s economic empowerment, wellbeing and economic growth in the cocoa value chain and intends to achieve this by supporting the implementation of the Legal Literacy Volunteer model, the Gender Model family and other models and approaches.

Objectives:

  • To increase ability for women and young women to individually and collectively overcome legal and social barriers to their participation in agriculture and economic activities;
  • To improve capacities for household members (women, men, boys, and girls) to recognize, reduce and redistribute unpaid work, freeing time for women to actively participate in economic activities;
  • To increase access to productive opportunities for women in cocoa producing communities;
  • To enhance equal access to productive resources for economically active women, including innovative gender-responsive financial products and control over land women including young women and alternative collateral requirements that go beyond land titles.

Expected Outcomes

  • Increased ability for women and young women to individually and collectively overcome legal and social barriers to their participation in agriculture and economic activities.
  • Improved capacities for household members (women, men, boys, and girls) to recognize, reduce and redistribute unpaid work, freeing time for women to actively participate in economic activities.
  • Increased access to productive opportunities for women in cocoa producing communities
  • Enhanced equal access to productive resources for economically active women, including innovative gender-responsive financial products and control over land
  • Gender-responsive skills-development programs implemented on transformative leadership, business acumen, negotiation skills using an entrepreneurial training toolkit and mobile technology.
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