Are VSLA feminist platforms for gender transformation?

This paper provides findings and recommendations about how Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) can be a platform to challenge patriarchal structures that discriminate against and normalise violence against women and girls.

Over a period of six days in Niger and Cote d’Ivoire, teams visited five women-only VSLAs and eight mixed VSLAs in urban and rural contexts as well as a women’s rights NGO and an NGO that provides support to victims/survivors of GBV. In both countries, colleagues from government, women’s rights NGOs and LGBT organisations joined the final day’s group discussions to share their inputs into our deliberations.

  • Countries: Cote D'Ivoire, Niger
  • Published: April 2020

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