The Network of Women Leaders for Development (RWLD) is a regional non-profit organization whose vision is to build effective cooperation in partnership for development through the involvement of state and non-state actors to promote and protect the rights of young people and women and ensure their participation in decision-making spheres. The main mission of the RFLD is linked to specific approaches which are: inclusive development through the application of rights-based approaches, gender mainstreaming and gender equality and social inclusion - Strategic actions and impact in strengthening institutions and empowering women's rights organizations by mainstreaming gender and promoting human rights and SRHR; Expertise in policy development in the area of ​​the rights of young people, women and girls. The areas of intervention of the RFLD are civic space - economic justice - the fight against harmful practices - human rights - political advocacy - peace and security; with the mission of strengthening the capacities of populations through research, awareness, training and education programs, and effective advocacy using communication technologies. Under these programs, RFLD conducts various activities including training and research in collaboration with other stakeholders on different issues using the right approach. RFLD is a member of numerous networks and coalitions in Africa and has organized various human rights research, documentation, advocacy and capacity building for the promotion and protection of women's rights in Africa. RFLD has its headquarters in Benin with focal points in African countries where we operate by project.

Civic Space - Human Rights

RFLD's strategy is aligned with contributing to “capacity building through litigation, justice and greater respect for human rights”. Interventions focus on defending basic civic freedoms of association, assembly and expression, especially when they are under threat. We do this by providing activists and organizations targeted for their activism or operating in oppressive contexts with urgent and sustained support. Through these initiatives, the RFLD provides opportunities to increase the role that CSOs play in the promotion and protection of human rights, including the growing interest of CSOs in regional human rights mechanisms and how they can be used effectively. These mechanisms, including the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (African Commission) and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC), are open to the participation of the civil society. However, RFLD is working with civil society to significantly enhance their participation to ensure that these mechanisms have greater impact at regional, sub-regional, national and local levels. Relying on advocacy as a mode of demand and submitting equitable legal interventions to minimize the negative impacts that laws resulting from the excessive politicization of the judiciary have had on human rights and the state of straight.

Economic and Social Justice

Recognizing therefore that it is essential that women who today form half of the population participate in decision-making and in a healthy and convincing economic environment, the Network of Women Leaders for Development implements actions that go in line with: The participation of women in the labor force: For the RFLD, this participation is extremely important because it measures the social and economic well-being of women. The eradication of poverty based on social development, environmental protection and social justice, inclusive and sustainable economic growth for women. The economic justice demanded by the Network of Women Leaders for Development also implies a transformation of women's work, which transformation will hardly be effective without a change in the perception that we have of women and the degree of evaluation care. Without care it is impossible to survive and develops increasingly. However, when unpaid care work is the sole prerogative of women in the home, they are limited in their choice and their possibilities of engaging in other activities, in this case paid activities or educational and educational activities. those of leisure. Also, judicial authorities must ensure that general and detailed guidelines relating to the investigation and prosecution of crimes of economic and gender-based violence are not only respected but also developed.

End Harmful Practices

For the Network of Women Leaders for Development, the fight against female genital mutilation also involves the mobilization of men and women for the development of alternative solutions. The RFLD works closely with community leaders, civil society leaders, children and young people to raise awareness, transform their behavior in order to end this practice. He also works with the authorities by making pleas to draw their attention to the horrors of this phenomenon. Advocacy at local and national level Education and awareness Initiation of workshops dedicated to “girls' and women's rights” to help.

Political Advocacy for Women's Participation

The Network of Women Leaders for Development has been actively engaged since its creation in advocating for the eradication of discrimination in all its forms and calls for a better distribution of programs to fight against poverty programs which imply coherence of local policies. , national and international as well as a better distribution of wealth. The Network of Women Leaders for Development (RWLD) through this process seeks to ensure that decision-making processes are not only open to all but that policies intended to protect marginalized and poor populations are truly implemented. For the RFLD, the effectiveness of the contribution to the development of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) depends on advocacy and collaboration with state actors. With its projects, RFLD carries out actions to influence the policies and actions of power-holders in order to obtain conditions conducive to a strong civil society based on the minimum standards defined whenever possible through multi-stakeholder dialogues.

Peace and Security

Through regular meetings (online and face-to-face) and workshops, the Network of Women Leaders for Development provides participants with a space to express their views and find consensus on difficult issues that set in motion peace. On this aspect, the RFLD through its innovative strategies approaches the notion of security and peace from a much broader angle. We make recommendations through the voice of advocacy. Resolutions arising from important workshop issues such as the promotion of peace and the empowerment of women require a majority. For the RFLD, the surest and most important way to prevent conflicts is to use the good offices of advocacy. For years, the actions undertaken by the Network of Women Leaders for Development in favor of peace and security have played a key role on several levels. For example, they have helped to build the capacity of young people at the national level and to develop key tools to promote implementation. These actions have resulted in strong commitments and action from many young people and from some political actors at the local level.