PCV 5 February 2010

Brief Project Description:

For International Women’s Day this year the Woman’s Group has planned a two-day event involving women and girls from across the commune. On March 7th a discussion forum will be held where women will be able to both hear presentations on and have a dialogue about women and politics and gender violence. On March 8th the president of the Woman’s Group will give a speech at the Mayor’s Office and in the evening a game of soccer will be held between a girls’ team from CEGs. Sketches and other theater will be performed throughout on both days of the event. GAD funds would help finance a part of transportation costs for women furthest from the Commune capitol as well as t-shirts for both girls’ teams participating in the soccer game.

Dates of Project: March 7-8th, 2010
Number of People Involved:

Women (20+): 120 (event organizers, presenters, theater performers, participants/audience)
Girls (<19): 60 (participants/audience, soccer players)
Men (20+): 30 (presenters, participants/audience)
Boys (<19): 15 (participants/audience)
Total: 225

Budget:

Item Number Unit Price Total Cost GAD Funds Community Cash Community in Kind Total
Taxi transportation of women (both days) 100 women (20 from each village) 3.000 CFA; 1.500 CFA; 1.000 CFA; 3.000 CFA; 3.000 CFA (prices are roundtrip 230.000 CFA 30.000 CFA 200.000 CFA 230.000 CFA
Conference room 1 10.000 CFA 10.000 CFA 10.000 CFA 10.000 CFA
Labor/Entertainment (both days) 2 presenters, 6 sketch artists, 3 traditional dancers 10.000 CFA (presenters); 5.000 CFA (sketch artists and traditional dancers) 65.000 CFA 20.000 CFA 45.000 CFA 65.000 CFA
Refreshments (sandwiches and juice, both days) 200 1.000 CFA 200.000 CFA 200.000 CFA 200.000 CFA
Local radio media coverage 1 50.000 CFA 50.000 CFA 50.000 CFA 50.000 CFA
Parakou radio correspondent 1 20.000 CFA 20.000 CFA 20.000 CFA 20.000 CFA
T-shirts 40 1.500 CFA 60.000 CFA 20.000 CFA 40.000 CFA 60.000 CFA
Total Cost 50.000 CFA 530.000 CFA 55.000 CFA 635.000 CFA

Amount Requested: 50.000 CFA

Comments

GAD Coordinator: A great project idea. I am very impressed that the community is putting up so much cash, in addition to inkind donations. Recommend funding.
GAD Finance: The budget is clearly presented. It is great to know how much the community is supporting the PCV. Recommend funding.
GAD Specialist: Recommend funding.

Closing Report

Brief Project Description:
On March 7th a discussion forum was held at the Maison des Jeunes where women from across the commune took part in a dialogue about women and politics and gender violence. On March 8th the president of the Woman’s Group gave a speech, as did the representative of the mayor, in support of the day. In the evening a game of soccer was held between a girls’ team from CEG A and CEG B in which the girls drew a tie. GAD funds helped finance a part of transportation costs for women furthest from the commune capitol as well as t-shirts for both girls’ teams participating in the soccer game.

Dates of Project: March 7th-8th 2010
Number of People Involved:
Women (20+): 120 (event organizers, presenters, theater performers, participants/audience)
Girls (<19): 60 (participants/audience, soccer players)
Men (20+): 30 (presenters, participants/audience)
Boys (<19): 15 (participants/audience)
Total: 225

Goals of Project:
1. Promote awareness within the Commune of International Women’s Day and the everyday problems women face.
2. Allow women from across the commune to take part in discussions concerning violence against women and women in politics.
3. Allow two girls soccer teams to play against each other for fun.
Strengths of Project: One of the biggest strengths of this project was the motivation and drive of the various women’s groups in the commune. From the beginning the vast majority of planning and organization was taken care of by these industrious women and during the project they showed immense zeal and pride in what they had accomplished. A second strength was that this project built on the work of previous years’ International Women’s Day so that organizers learned from the mistakes and successes of these earlier projects and applied the lessons learned to their work.
Challenges of Project: Although all the women (as mentioned above) were very motivated, at times this initiative was detrimental to their sense of unity. For example the President acquired matching material for all the women to buy, however there was a contingent who did not agree with her choice of material. These dissenting women got t-shirts made and started selling them. This created a situation where purchasing one of these items then meant lending support to one faction or another. Many women refused to purchase either. Because of this tension there was an element of divisiveness during the project.

Budget:

Item Number Unit Price Cost GAD Funds Community Cash Community in Kind Total
Taxi transportation of women 100 women 3.000 CFA; 1.500 CFA; 1.000 CFA; 3.000 CFA; 3.000 CFA (prices are roundtrip) 60.000 CFA; 30.000 CFA; 20.000 CFA; 60.000 CFA; 60.000 CFA 25.000 CFA 200.000 CFA 225.000 CFA
Conference room 1 10.000 CFA 10.000 CFA 10.000 CFA 10.000 CFA
Labor/Entertainment (both days) 2 presenters; 6 sketch artists; 3 traditional dancers 10.000 CFA; 5.000 CFA 65.000 CFA 20.000 CFA 45.000 CFA 65.000 CFA
Refreshments 200 1.000 CFA 200.000 CFA 200.000 CFA 200.000 CFA
Local radio media coverage 1 50.00 CFA 50.000 CFA 50.000 CFA 50.000 CFA
Parakou radio correspondent 1 20.000 CFA 20.000 CFA 20.000 CFA 20.000 CFA
T-shirts 40 1.000 CFA 40.000 CFA 25.000 CFA 15.000 CFA 40.000 CFA
Total Cost 50.000 CFA 505.000 CFA 55.000 CFA 610.000 CFA
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