On the occasion of Gender Equality Week, the CCISD Team proudly celebrates every action that contributes to our collective advancement towards more inclusive societies and an equitable world.

Our Gender Equality Advisors present you with some of the concrete actions that have been taken in the context of the current pandemic.


Access to Health Services in Kinshasa (ASSK), Democratic Republic of the Congo

With the ASSK team members, substantial work was done in order to adapt national prevention messages so they would take into account gender equality and human rights.

"I was involved in my colleagues’ various activities on barrier measures and was asked to ensure that the messages would be cross-cutting. There were pre-established messages from the Ministry, but we were able to adapt them," says Cécile.

Thanks to the support of the Project, themes such as the equal sharing of care and hygiene tasks and responsibilities were introduced into the key messages. The importance of speaking out and being more vigilant regarding an increase in violence during this period was also given special attention.


Project for Integrated Management of Maternal and Child Health in Artibonite – Phase 2 (PRISMA 2), Haiti

In Haiti, Anne Marie and the PRISMA 2 team dedicated time and efforts to the coordination of local actors in order to optimize the effectiveness of the various messages delivered on COVID-19.

"At the beginning, we really had to organize everything. What I am proud of is that we prepared trainings for all categories of staff [in the health sector] and we worked a lot with women's organizations to set up information caravans. Artists were also involved, because music is important to us," she says enthusiastically.

By promoting local knowledge and talent in this way, PRISMA 2 was able to design prevention and awareness campaigns that are truly adapted to the populations of the Artibonite Department. In addition, the Team was able to ensure that key messages on COVID-19 would also contribute to greater gender equality.


Project for Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Adolescent Girls in Bénin (PASSRELLE), Bénin

The media plays a central role in providing quality information, especially in times of crisis. For this reason, the PASSRELLE team felt it was particularly relevant to organize a training workshop for journalists. The objective: to strengthen knowledge on gender equality in order to promote content that is inclusive, respectful of rights and sensitive to sexual and reproductive health issues, including gender-based violence (GBV).

"Journalists are doing their job and they have been well briefed. At the service providers' level, there was something missing regarding GBV and they identified it", explains Hortense. According to her, this workshop highlighted the need to clarify existing protocols for the clinical management of GBV, as cases seem to be on the rise since the beginning of the pandemic.

Having access to journalists who use their platform to promote gender equality and sexual and reproductive health is a real advantage for Beninese communities, now and for years to come!


The ASSK, PASSRELLE and PRISMA 2 projects are made possible thanks to the financial support of Global Affairs Canada. CCISD would also like to highlight One Drop's technical and financial support to PRISMA 2.