EISA Madagascar: Women & youth empowerment and conflict resolution

2022


Talily Project closure

At the end of the Talily Raike project, an endline data collection study was conducted in July and August 2022. Its objective was to strengthen the final evaluation system of the project by establishing comparative data between the baseline study and the endline study that showed the achievements and progress made throughout the project and the measurement of its performance. This study served as the basis for the final evaluation.

UNPBF Talily Raike project

Aug - Sep 2022

The latest activities of the Talily Raike project have focused on an awareness raising approach through the media. Thus it was conceived a radio theatre (format of programmes closely followed in Madagascar especially in rural areas), the title of this theatre is "Volan-drakemba" (which means "word of mature woman") with as theme which revolves around the promotion of the gender and the place of the woman in leadership or positions of authority.

The broadcast of this program was transmitted on 35 radio stations to reach the population in 21 (out of 23) regions of Madagascar in August and September 2022. The objective was to meet the two specific objectives of the project, namely to strengthen the participation of women and youth in conflict prevention efforts in the communities of the target communes and to engage men and women in promoting greater female participation in decision-making processes. As a result, the Talily Raike project was able to achieve national coverage.

EISA also produced and printed 500 copies of a photo booklet that summarizes the achievements of the Talily Raike project. The booklet was distributed to the various partners to highlight the achievements and progress made in the region.

Gender champion award ceremony

29 July 2022

As part of the celebration of the African Women's Day, the project team proceeded to the awards ceremony with the actors/beneficiaries on July 29, 2022. This was an opportunity to give an overview of the achievements and successes of this project in order to disseminate the achievements and value the efforts and contributions of each actor, encourage new initiatives and inspire for a better progress towards gender equality.

This ceremony included the recognition of gender champions, women and men committed to gender equality on a daily basis, influencers and actors of change; the recognition of the authorities, namely the Prefect of the Atsimo Andrefana region, the Regional Director of Population, Social Protection and Promotion of Women in Atsimo Andrefana, the two women mayors of the region who are strongly involved in the participation of women and gender equality.

It was an opportunity to encourage the public to continue efforts in gender mainstreaming but also to reiterate the messages sent to the target institutions for more equity of opportunity between the sexes in accessing positions of responsibility/decision making.

End of project workshop

19 - 21 Jul 2022

During a three-day workshop, from July 19 to 21, 2022, in Toliara, representatives of all the direct beneficiaries of the project, met to validate the initiatives taken throughout the project. It was an opportunity to share the achievements and good practices, but also to assess the prospects of the actions already undertaken and to ensure the involvement of the various actors in the sustainability of the results achieved.

It emerged during this workshop that major societal changes related to women's participation and the prevention/management of community conflicts, were brought about by the project. We have noted an increased expression of women, followed by their participation in the community, leading to more inclusive decisions. The creation and revitalization of local consultation structures within the target communes and better social cohesion promoting peace and security has led to improvements in local governance.

The impacts of the project are palpable, for example, the Tsianisiha Commune was able to obtain schools, a market, and a CSB2 following the lobbying of the ACTION project by the animator/peace agent trained under the Talily Raike project. In addition, more than thirty new civil society organizations were created with the support of direct beneficiaries. In addition, 65 male leaders have become gender sensitised and are acting to promote positive masculinity to encourage men to support women to access decision making positions.

Radio broadcasting and mini-video to sensitise public and promote women leaders

Between November 2021 to February 2022, 15 radio micro-programmes, each running for 5 minutes were produced and broadcast weekly on the national radio channel. The title of the programme "Lenta sy Hanitry" (Flavour and Fragrance), highlights the quality of women and the role that they can play as community leaders. The radio clips cover socio-cultural events or a specific focus such as International Womens' day or Human Rights day and related to the outcomes of the Talily Raike project. In addition, a 5-minute video was produced and broadcast on the national television channel. The programmes also included guests such as government officials, business leaders, leaders of associations or NGOs who spoke on topics also relevant to the project.

Conflict resolution through the greater involvement of women

Supported by the Talily Raike project, an initiative of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa and funded by United Nations Peace Building Fund (UN-PBF), 78 officials from 14 rural communes in the South-west of Madagascar have agreed to promote the resolution and peaceful prevention of conflicts in their respective communities through increased involvement of women. Over four days, mayors and councillors from these communes were trained in gender-sensitive community management focused on inclusivity, transparency and accountability.

This initiative aims to contribute to establish a culture of inclusive and peaceful resolution and prevention of community conflicts by strengthening the role and participation of women. This initiative aims to contribute to establish a culture of inclusive and peaceful resolution and prevention of community conflicts by strengthening the role and participation of women.

The beneficiaries of the training welcomed this innovative approach noting the importance of encouraging the engagement and involvement of women in community activities. Of note was their will to see an effective inclusion of women in the management of their communes and an agreement of the importance of including more women in decision making.


2021


Meeting with the Minister of Women's promotion

25 Jun 2021

EISA Madagascar Country Representative, Jessica Ranohefy (second from right) with Minister Bavy Angelica Michelle (centre) and her team

On Friday 25 June, EISA Madagascar Country Representative Jessica Ranohefy met with the Minister of Women's promotion Madame Bavy Angelica Michelle and her team.

The purpose of the meeting was to brief the Minister on EISA's new project which is centered on women's participation in peacebuilding (in which the Ministry is a partner), a programme which is funded by the UN Peacebuilding Fund. The second purpose was to review the support EISA has provided to the Ministry in various programmes and events, under the funding of SIDA. These include the updating of the National Strategy of the Gender Equality as well as the yearly celebrations of International Women and African Women's Day.

EISA Madagascar's Talily Raike, a peacebuilding project
Launch of Talily Raike peacebuilding project

2-9 Mar 2021

EISA Madgascar launched the Talily Raike project, which aims at promoting peaceful conflict resolution through strengthening women's leadership in decision-making processes. The approach focuses on dialogue and how to improve men's role in advancing gender equality. To ensure buy-in by communities, the launch events laid the ground for a joint understanding of the project's objectives and expected results.

EISA Madagascar's Talily Raike, a peacebuilding project

From March 2 to 9, 2021, the project team visited the various target districts and municipalities to meet with partners and beneficiaries, including local authorities and civil society organizations. The mission team was composed of EISA's country representative and programme officer, two directors from the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry for the Promotion of Women and a member of the regional platform of CSOs.

It was welcomed by all entities met by the team. As a result, a partnership agreement was signed between EISA and the Regional Platform of CSOs in Atsimo Andrefana (PROSCAA) to ensure the smooth implementation of activities.

Talily Raike is funded by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) for a period of 18 months (starting February 2021) and will be implemented mainly in the Atsimo Andrefana Region of Madagascar.

EISA Madagascar's Talily Raike, a peacebuilding project

 

Baseline study on women and youth in peacebuilding in Atsimo Andrefana

Feb-Mar 2021

From February to March 2021, EISA conducted a baseline study to assess the perception of the role of women and youth in conflict prevention in the target region and to better understand the gaps that prevent their full participation in this area. The study identified main sources of and existing conflicts that can be addressed in the project's activities, including dialogue between communities.

This preliminary study strengthens the project's monitoring and evaluation system by establishing baseline data that will facilitate monitoring of the project's progress and measuring its performance and impacts. The report is being edited and the main findings and lessons learnt will be disseminated during the next reporting period and used to develop advocacy materials for the Gender Champions Network (one of the projects deliverables is the establishment of the network).

2012


Election Management Bodies assisted in establishing Conflict Mediation Panels

In preparing for the forthcoming 2013 elections EISA commenced its work in supporting the National Independent Electoral Commission for the Transition's (CENIT) efforts in putting in place mechanisms to manage election related conflict. Consultative meetings were held with the CENIT and local Civil Society Oranisations, laying the groundwork for the selection of trainers and the identification of conflict mediators. EISA designed and developed conflict management training materials to be distributed to trainers and future panellists. These include participants' handbooks and check lists for the mediation exercise. For the activity, EISA Madagascar is building on the EISA election Conflict Management Panel model introduced in other countries, such as Burundi, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, and South Africa. These panels would become operational in 2013.