Francois Dossou is 38 years old and married with 3 children. He had previously held the belief that women and girls should have no say in decision-making in the household or the community.
After taking part in The Hunger Project’s Women’s Empowerment training, he was able to shift his own mindset and now helps others shift theirs.
He is now a champion of women and girls’ rights in his village.
As a local volunteer, Francois helps conduct training programs and workshops in the community in different women-related topics, as well as helping to run awareness workshops in schools on the dangers of early pregnancies in young girls. Francois also acts as a mediator in conflict management between young girls and their parents – ensuring that girls’ voices are heard.