The PIWA supports the defenders of victims of gender-based violence

As part of the 16 days of activism against violence against women, the Panos Institute West Africa has implemented a number of activities that coincide with the organization of the 15th summit of the Francophonie and the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. These activities were carried out as part of two of its projects.


This project supports the defenders of victims of gender-based violence. Its aim is to support the defenders of victims of gender-based violence through balanced information and the mastery of communication. The project is implemented in Cameroon, Mali, Mauritania and Senegal.

Workshops in Cameroon, Mali, Mauritania and Senegal

Four training workshops in social media: four training workshops in social media were organised, one in each country. The aim of these workshops was to build the capacities of CSOs in using social media and associated tools for the collection, production and dissemination of multimedia content online. It enabled:

  • Organisations working to defend victims of gender-based violence to learn about the supports and media that exist, and to differentiate between them in terms of objectives sought regarding the dissemination of information;
  • Build their capacities in using related devices (tablets, digital cameras etc.) for the collection or generation of multimedia content;
  • Train them in basic digital management skills so that they may respond to specific standards for easy and rapid dissemination for greater impact (format, size, duration, etc.);
  • Introduce them to online writing;
  • Introduce them to a range of information platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Youtube, Mixcloud and Sound Cloud, Wordpress or Blogspot etc.)

Encouraged by our partner in Cameroon, the Association to combat violence against women (ALVF), the organisations trained in Cameroon launched a hashtag against discrimination (#AntiDiscri). This movement was taken up by other countries under the project, who shared their experiences in activism against violence ( as well as a dissemination list. These workshops were developed in order to enable human rights defenders to mobilise and spread information about their cause, and the involvement of these organisations on social networks is one result qui that it is helped will help to bring about a reduction in this type of violence.

Four training workshops in communication strategies: Still with the aim of helping defenders to raise awareness among decision makers and the public as well as the media, with regard to gender-based violence, four training workshops in communication strategies were organised for 40 members of CSOs coming from these four countries. .

Following this training, the organisations will be able to produce reports that they will disseminate online and among media, decision-makers and the general public. The idea is that the media is then inspired to produce reports about gender-based violence and that public opinion will rally around the cause in order to encourage decision-makers to adopt measures to protect victims of gender-based violence.

Following these workshops and the multimedia material resulting from them, the participants created blogs that they still maintain. This enables them to share information about their organisations’ activities during the 16 days of activism against violence against women. The blogs can be found at the following links:



Activities in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal

As part of the 15th Francophone Summit themed “Women and young people in the francophone world: vectors for peace and actors for development”, the PIWA decided to introduce a debate on violence and discrimination against women through a dedicated media production. During this event, the Flame of Africa newspaper (produced and disseminated by the PIWA) was almost the only media outlet to propose a series of articles from each country (Cameroon, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Ivory Coast) on violence against women, women’s autonomy, the difficulties they encounter despite the promises of politicians in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Guinea, in Mali, Mauritania, and Senegal.

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A workshop on “women, media and governance” was carried out in collaboration with CESTI. This workshop offered the offered the occasion for panellists to raise awareness among CESTI students about the role they can play as journalists to improve the image of women within the media, as well as the stigmatisation of women by the media.

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