The Ford Basis and Open Society Initiative for West Africa have introduced the launch of a five-year, $3.75 million initiative geared toward boosting feminist motion and advocacy in opposition to sexual violence in West Africa.

Administered by the African Ladies’s Improvement Fund, the initiative, Kasa! Ending Sexual Violence in West Africa, will focus totally on Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal and supply assets for feminist and girls’s rights organizations to assist, scale, and synergize efforts within the prevention of and response to sexual violence. With $3.5 million in seed funding from the Ford Basis and $250,000 from OSIWA, the fund goals to lift $10 million inside 5 years in assist of recent and current responses to emergencies to supply help to survivors and their households, amplify ladies’s rights organizations, and advocate for boys and males to respect the rights and bodily integrity of girls and women.

“Kasa! is an formidable multi-year initiative leveraging the present international outcry in opposition to sexual violence to handle the widespread and deeply ingrained sexual violence disaster in West Africa,” stated Olufunke Baruwa, program officer within the Ford Basis’s West Africa workplace. “There isn’t any larger risk to a lady’s company than violence. As a number one donor supporting efforts to finish gender-based violence, the Ford Basis is additional demonstrating its dedication to supporting motion and advocacy to counter attitudes, narratives and behaviors that perpetuate sexual violence.”

(Picture credit score: African Ladies’s Improvement Fund)