Political Participation of Young Women in Francophone West Africa: Forms, Issues and Public Policies

In francophone West Africa, despite judicial and institutional advances, the political participation of young women remains very limited. Moreover, the mechanisms and forms of political participation by young women are still unknown for lack of research on this issue.

New information and communication technologies (ITCs) and their social networking applications seem to offer new public spaces that could contribute to the evolution of the links between the public and private spheres. This regional networking project will be carried out in Burkina Faso, Mali, Sénégal and Togo. It will seek to identify forms of and reasons for the low political participation of young women (18-35 years), as well as gender biases inherent in the concept of participation, politics, citizenship and democracy, and even the opportunities offered by ICTs. The project is expected to result in recommendations for promoting full participation and citizenship for young women in West Africa.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Thursday, January 6, 2011

End Date

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


24 months

IDRC Officer

Thioune, Ramata Aw

Total funding

CA$ 399,800


Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Togo, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Marie-Hélène Mottin-Sylla


Afriques - Créatives

Institution Country