June 4, 2020 - Sciences Po in Paris

Joining Hands: How Women’s Collectives are Transforming the Culture of West Africa

The Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) students are working with Équilibres et Populations (EquiPop), a partner NGO that empowers young feminist collective action on the health and rights of women and girls throughout West Africa.


Coordinated by Sciences Po’s Gender Studies Program (PRESAGE) and hosted by the Projets Collectifs, the project will be led by graduate students under the supervision of a faculty advisor. EquiPop was created by a team of doctors and journalists in 1993. It combines social mobilization and policy, project development, technical assistance and support, and partnership building in order to improve the health and rights of women and girls around the world.

Deliverables and Impact

The goal of this research partnership is to improve the understanding of collective actions led by young feminists in three West-African countries: Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire,
and Senegal. The final deliverable will be a publishable report and presentation that will enable EquiPop to gain a better understanding of the issues at stake in specific socio- economic and political contexts. It will provide informed answers to the questions: How can these collective actions challenge cultural norms and be levers towards gender equality at the local, national, regional and international levels? How are these actions and voices perceived? How can they be supported?


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