Final Evaluation: Eradication of harmful customary widowhood practices that can lead to HIV/AIDS infection (Togo)

Authors/editor(s): Dao Kossi Tchaou & Ekue Mawuto Komlan

Location: Togo

Grantee: ALAFIA

Grant Period: 1 January 2015 – 31 December 2016

Grant Amount: USD54,232

The ALAFIA project “Eradication of harmful customary widowhood practices that can lead to HIV/AIDS infection” was implemented in 2015-2016 in 24 villages in Togo. The project aimed to:

  • increase knowledge of women’s rights among community leaders;
  • inform people, particularly women, about women's rights and support efforts to improve customary practices of widowhood; and
  • encourage community commitment to ending harmful customary widowhood practices that can spread HIV.

Main findings of the evaluation:

  • The project engaged with 10,200 women and girls in 24 villages, exceeding its target.
  • It built trust between the communities and ALAFIA.
  • The implementation strategy was relevant to the context and beneficiaries, and can therefore be referenced as a model for working in similar situations.

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Africa; Togo

Subject area(s): Ending violence against women and girls; Anti-violence interventions; Domestic violence/interpersonal violence; Harmful practices; Rape/sexual assault; Gender, culture and society; Ageing/older people; Religion; Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Gender equality and inequality; Gender discrimination; Gender power relations; Governance and national planning; Health; Harmful health practices; HIV and AIDS; Prevention; Human rights; Women’s rights; Rights in marriage; Monitoring and evaluation; Trust funds; UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women; Youth; Children’s rights

Resource type: Evaluation reports

Publication year: 2017

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)