MATCH International - Ottawa, Canada

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MATCH International - Ottawa, Canada
Street address: P.O. Box 32021

Lincoln Heights Ottawa, ON K2B 1A1

Country: Canada
Location:
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Location coordinates: 45° 21' 57" N, 75° 47' 15" W
Contact number: 613-761-3695
Contact email: info@matchinternational.org
Website: http://www.matchinternational.org/
Target: Girls and Women
Organization type: International NGO (operating in multiple countries)
Sectors: Economic Empowerment, Empowerment


About

Our Mission

MATCH International Centre is a Canadian women's international organization guided by a feminist vision of sustainable development which recognizes the diverse realities of women and respects their efforts for self-determination.

To fulfill its mission, MATCH works in partnership with groups in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and South America towards the empowerment of women and the practical enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms through civil, political, economic, social and cultural justice.

MATCH also undertakes public education in Canada on development and women’s

Our Vision

MATCH seeks to create a world in which women have a say about their lives, their community and their country, and are decision-makers in all areas and at all levels of society. Women should have full access to resources and services, and have the power to make choices that improve their lives and those of their families and communities. A gender equity perspective should be integrated into all policies, laws and practices in all spheres of society.

MATCH seeks a world that is free from violence and war, and in which the human, economic and political rights of all would be respected, and human dignity upheld.


issues; and works to build and strengthen the women's movement nationally and internationally.

We are MATCH because ...

70% of the 1.3 billion people living in poverty around the world are women.(1)

Women do about 66% of the world's work in return for less than 5% of its income. (2)

2/3 of the children denied primary education are girls while 75% of the 876 million illiterate adults in the world are women. (3)

Women log 2/3 of the world's working hours and produce half of the world's food, yet earn only 10% of the world's income and own less than 1% of the world's property. (4)

90% of casualties of armed conflicts since 1945 have been civilians, 3/4 of which are women and children - there are over 35 major conflicts going on in the world today.

60 million are people displaced by conflict and disaster worldwide, 75% of whom are women and children who often face hardships like sexual violence and abuse. (5)

1 in 4 women worldwide will experience rape or sexual violence in her lifetime while 25-75% of women are beaten regularly at home, depending on the country. (6)

Over 120 million women have endured female genital mutilation. (7)

More than half a million women die every year while giving birth - one per minute - mostly in developing countries.

Women hold only 12% of parliamentary seats worldwide. _________________________ (1) source: World Revolution (2) source: Women's International Network (3) source: AskWoman (4) source: World Development Indicators, 1997, Womankind Worldwide (5) source: UN WomenWatch (6) source: 2006 UN Report on Violence Against Women

Activities

AFRICA

Ghana

The Centre for Sustainable Development Initiatives (CENSUDI) Project Title: "The Community Driven Gender Advocacy Project: Youth empowerment and Advocacy"

The Upper East Region (UER) remains the poorest region of Ghana's ten administrative regions according to the statistics of the Government of Ghana. Recent natural calamities of successive drought and flooding worsen the condition. Youth are often unemployed and manage barely to survive. Consequently, CENSUDI partners with MATCH to contribute to a sustainable and visible enhancement of the socio-economic growth of youth in poor rural households in the Upper East Region of Ghana through the formation of strong youth groups with young women as target and active participants; through their empowerment in having their voice heard and in participating in decision making on issues of their concern (marriage, dowry…etc) and through their engagement into income generating activities by facilitating their access to a saving and loan scheme.


Rescue Foundation Ghana Project Title: "Consolidation and Expansion of Gyaahadze Project and Micro-Credit Scheme for Women in Awutu/Efutu District"


Mali

Association Recherche Action Femme et Développement (ARAFD) Project Title: "Promoting Gender and integrated water resources management (IWRM)"

Water is a basic human undeniable right. However, women and girls in Africa have hardly the enjoyment of this right. Women and girls are the most affected by water scarcity and supply. In most cases, it is a woman's responsibility, helped by the daughter of the house, to fetch every litre of water needed for cooking, bathing, dishes, linens, cleaning, the family maintenance of health and hygiene, and also for raising small livestock, cultivate food or for the construction of the family home and / or public buildings. Despite these facts, women are seldom consulted in matter pertaining to water. ARAFD, with the support of MATCH International Centre, implements a project that aims to improve the system of collective management of water infrastructure by strengthening the skills and management capacity of stakeholders in particular by the responsible involvement of women in the village communities; within the framework of IWRM, the project is implemented in the two communes of Koro and Koporana in 20 villages of which 10 have greatest need.

Pan-African–Cameroon and Malawi

Society for Women and Aids in Africa (SWAA) SWAA-Cameroon Project Title: "Reducing Gender based barriers that render women and girls vulnerable to HIV in Cameroon" SWAA-Malawi Project Title: "Reducing Women and Girls’ Vulnerability to HIV/AIDS Pandemic"

SWAA International, a MATCH partner, works in 40 African countries with grassroots women to provide services in HIV/AIDS prevention, education, voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) and other related services. MATCH supports SWAA activities in Cameroon and Malawi.

In Cameroon, SWAA-Cameroon seeks to develop the capacity of girls and women and some other stakeholders on the issues concerning women's rights and health in particular related to HIV/AIDS: by enhancing the capacity of women group leaders (participants / partners) to address the problem of sexual health and rights from a gender perspective; by facilitating access for more girls to acquire both improved life skills and general education in coming years; by reinforcing economic power of target women; by creating a forum where women can exchange ideas on establishing effective mechanisms for negotiation and improve their self esteem; and by developing actions of defence and advocacy of women's rights and dignity.

In Malawi, SWAA-Malawi implements the project to raise the awareness among targeted populations in the Nkhota-kota district, along the shore of Lake Malawi, and among the surrounding communities on the impact of harmful traditional practices and risky behaviors that promotes the spread of HIV.



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