Equitas has partnered with Montreal-based designer Frank And Oak to promote gender equality for more inclusive communities. Certified B Corporation, Frank And Oak are committed to addressing social and environmental challenges in order to be a socially responsible company. For Frank And Oak co-founders, Ethan Song and Hicham Ratnani, both first- and second-generation immigrants, values of inclusion, equality and sustainability have always been important, as they are for Equitas.
In countries such as Burkina Faso, Equitas works with local partners to support women’s empowerment and their efforts to advance gender equality.
When women are empowered, they drive change. Change means:
- Less gender-based violence –rather than 12% of women facing intimate partner violence
- More girls in school – rather than 52% of girls married as children
- More women in leadership positions – rather than under 10% of women elected to office
- All women making their own choices about their bodies – rather than 76% of women and girls undergoing female genital mutilation
Help to amplify women’s voices as they:
- Advocate for policy change with government
- Create public awareness campaigns, through radio or popular theatre
- Engage with authorities, like police officers or local chiefs
- Work together to solidify movements for social change
We believe that when women are empowered, their voices are heard and the issues they face are brought to light.
Josephine’s story is a good example of how empowerment can change a woman’s life. At age 17, Josephine refused to marry the 60-year old man she was promised to and was banished from her family and village. Defying expectations, she trained as a mechanic, a career traditionally reserved for men, and became the first woman in Burkina Faso to own a garage. Supported and trained by Equitas, she now leads a group that helps women from poor neighbourhoods gain access to non-traditional trades and better understand their rights. She works to dismantle stereotypes, to change men’s attitudes towards women, and to increase their willingness to allow their wives and daughters to attend trade schools.
Support women like Josephine raise awareness about the discriminatory sexual division of labour in the country.
- Help amplify women’s voices in Burkina Faso to advance equality.
- Support women’s leadership and participation in decision-making.
- Help women claim their basic human rights, such as the right to live without violence.
Donate now to support women’s empowerment and gender equality in Burkina Faso.