In most countries and cultures, despite efforts made over the years, young girls and women still bear the brunt of patriarchal dominant structures.
This gender dominance firstly affects their bodies.
Women suffer from domestic work and are the first victims of incest, domestic violence, sexual harassment, early or forced marriages, human trafficking (particularly for prostitution), etc.
Their rights are often limited or flouted when it comes to education, health and contraception, travel, employment or pay, and property (in the case of divorce or inheritance).
If the aim of public policies is to defend the public interest, then they must start by effectively combatting violence and inequalities that affect women.
For this, women must be involved in making decisions about matters that affect them.
Our practical experiences
Putting a stop to gender inequalities in land ownership in Burkina Faso
In Burkina Faso, men control land management in rural areas where traditional practices still…
Combatting patriarchal oppression of young brides in Bangladesh
The tradition of early marriages is still very much alive…