BRPID Project

The Bina Roy Partners in Development Programme

The Bina Roy Partners in Development Programme supports projects that empower girls and women through education and leadership development. BRPID grants are awarded to GWI national federations and associations from developing countries on a competitive basis.

The Bina Roy projects are supported by donations from impact investors, personal contributions and our own member affiliates around the world.

2020 BRPID Projects Summary Coming Soon!

The 2020 BRPID projects were slightly delayed due to COVID 19.  The projects are finishing up now and the exciting summary of the project’s impact will be published soon!

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BRPID History

binaroyDr. Bina Roy was the first Asian President of the International Federation of University Women. She believed that friendly and supportive links should be forged among GWI affiliates to provide strong international solidarity, while encouraging and aiding the creation and implementation of projects. BRPID was first named the Counterpart Aid Programme in 1978 and later renamed BRPID in memory of Dr Roy.


BRPID projects are made possible by donations from GWI members and supporters around the world. To date, nearly 60% of GWI’s national federations and associations have participated in the programme, either as project sponsors or donor partners.

All contributions are welcome.


Past Projects

Projects selected for funding:

2016 -2017 BRPID Projects

Bina Roy Partners in Development Programme grants have been awarded to eight national federations and associations (NFAs) for projects in 2016.

2016-2017 Project Summary

Ghana: Harnessing girls’ potential in education

Ghana Association of University Women (GAUW)

The project aims to empower 60 school girls with critical knowledge and skills so that they will be able to overcome the barriers that confront them and also complete their education successfully:

  • The girls will gain an understanding of the concept and theory of gender.
  • They will be exposed to gender roles and their impact.
  • They will be empowered to evaluate decisions which affect their lives and enabled to make informed choices in life.

The girls will also be introduced to mentorship which would provide continuous support for continued development and empowerment to pursue their goals.

 2016 06 15 project committee members and project assistants

Project committee members and project assistants

India: Women’s Economic Empowerment through Education and Income -Generation Projects

Indian Federation of University Women’s Associations (IFUWA)

The main aim of this project is to increase the socio–economic development for girls and women from low income groups.

The project goals are to:

  • Impart income generating skills to girls and women: Keeping in view chronic unemployment and underemployment. Ultimately the project aims to increase job opportunities for girls and women in the selected project areas, along with Income Generation (self-employment).
  • Increase the income of project participants: Care will be taken to ensure that increased income will be in the hands of women and girls. The project mechanism will include consultation and participation at all stages of project execution.
  • Impart skills in personality development and leadership and achieve self-reliance by the participating target groups.

2016 06 22 India project group membersIFUWA project group members

Kenya: Capacity building through livelihoods skills among rural Women in Siaya County

Kenya Association of University Women (KAUW)

The project aims to address gender inequality, to reduce the severe poverty level experienced among rural women, and to actively contribute towards the achievement of Kenya Vision 2030.

The main objective of the project is to provide livelihood skills training for 30 women heads of households so that the women can engage in income-generating activities that will reduce poverty and contribute to women’s social-economic development and access to education for girls within such households. Empowering rural women with skills to reduce poverty will contribute towards breaking the poverty cycle and open up opportunities for women’s active participation in social, economic and political decision making processes in their communities.

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Mexico: Talks and presentations on Oral Health and Self-Care focused to low income groups

Federación Mexicana de Universitarias, A.C. (FEMU)

The goal of this project is to reduce the percentage of tooth decay and oral infections and diseases by advising/teaching proper oral health hygiene and preventive measures to a local population, primarily low income groups.

Each individual’s case is recorded then followed up to verify improvements or, when necessary, channel to public health institutions. In this manner, the local community population learns basic oral hygiene skills and gains an understanding of the importance of adequate measures to avoid severe oral disease complications.

FEMU project participants

Project participants

FEMU project leaders group photo 1

FEMU project group leaders

Nepal: Economic Empowerment of Disadvantaged Women in Rural Households

Nepal Association of University Women(NAUW)

The goal of the project is to empower disadvantaged rural women by providing them with basic literacy through non-formal education classes and to enhance capability of women through different types of skill training required for initiating home based cottage industries.

The projects’ main target group consists of 40 illiterate women who did not have the opportunity to go to school due to early marriage, poverty and childbirth. The project supports the women in accessing the market for their products and helps to increase their knowledge of basic finance and marketing to improve their socio-economic status

Nepal project committee members and traineesProject committee members and trainees

Nigeria: Empowering Illiterate from Benue State Women of Nigeria (extension of existing project)

Nigerian Association of University Women (NAUW)

The goal of the project is to improve and consolidate the financial positions of 50 illiterate women for greater productivity and participation in decision making in their communities. The project aims to ensure a long lasting economic independence of the target women.

With funding from GWI in 2011 and 2014, NAUW has increased literacy classes for the group, impacted modalities for obtaining soft loans and organised classes for basic leadership skills.

photo for webProject participants and facilitators


Sierra Leone: Community Initiative for Retention of Girls in School

Sierra Leone Association of University Women (SLAUW)

The overall goal of the project is to promote the retention of girls in secondary schools and tertiary levels and support them to be achievement oriented through education by end of 2017. The girls are empowered to become more assertive, confident and determined to pursue their educational career and will be equipped to make meaningful contributions to community and national developments.

The girls attend educational camps with women achievers and share experiences in focus group discussions. Their parents and community stakeholders are also involved in the process. The project activities also include community meetings and visits, trainings on the right to education and radio discussions on the barriers to girls’ education.

photo for webSLAUW project group members

Uganda: Gender sensitisation of school laboratory technicians

Uganda Association of University Women (UAUW)

The aim of the project is to enable laboratory technicians to develop and use gender responsive methodologies that ensure equal participation and involvement of both girls and boys in laboratory activities and learning processes. The project has been initiated to boost girl’s interest in laboratory practical work and to address the poor performance of girls in science-related projects.

The main activities include organising gender sensitivity workshops for laboratory technicians from 20 Kampala district schools. They are provided with information on how to encourage girls’ participation and involvement during practical laboratory work. The participants’ experiences and findings of the project are documented and shared with education stakeholders and other schools. This will enable the sensitization of a wider group of laboratory technicians at local and national level.

Uganda project group membersUganda project group members

2014 -2015 BRPID Projects

2014 – 2015 BRPID Projects

Nigeria: Empowering Illiterate Women from Benue State, Nigeria 

Nigerian Association of University Women (NAUW)

The main objective of the project is to enable 50 illiterate women to gain business skills to make their activities financially viable and obtain access to capital.

An ongoing project, this particular stage includes literacy classes and instruction in running accounts, developing and maintaining good relationships/rapport with clients (twice weekly for twelve months). Instruction on how to obtain soft loans as individuals and/or collectively from finance homes/banks, provision of take-off capital for sale of snacks and beverages at stalls,  and basic leadership skills are also provided.

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NAUW facilitators with the stall holders.

Sierra Leone: Life skills based health education for female university students: The impact of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone Association of University Women (SLAUW)

The main aim of the project is to promote healthy attitudes and behaviours, in the face of the Ebola outbreak and aftermath, among female university students. This is to counteract inadequate knowledge and skills, attitudes and practices, at a time when the effects of the Ebola outbreak are still being felt.

The main activities are advocacy to improve access to health and sanitation facilities for female university and college students, as well as awareness-raising on health life skills. This creates a pool of female student peer educators and mentors at each institution,able to sensitise other students about health preparedness in the post-Ebola period.

2013 -2014 BRPID Projects

2013 – 2014 BRPID Projects

Cambodia: Job Search Skills for Young Cambodian Women

Graduate Women-Cambodia (GW-C)

Seeing the significant gap between high school education and basic requirement in the job market, GW-C aims to train young Cambodian women about the world of work in order to broaden their vision and at the same time provide them with necessary skill for effective job-hunting. To this end, GW-C plans to launch its first project “Job Search Skills for Young Cambodian Women”.

This project will give invaluable knowledge to women planning future study pathways and may assist women in deciding to pursue formal education in order to achieve their desired career pathway. It is not the intention of the project to encourage young women to leave school early but rather by providing opportunities to research the Cambodian labour market (i.e. its trends, challenges and opportunities), women will be encouraged to continue studying and to be intentional and more focused in what they choose to study.

Sierra Leone: Improving the Lives of Women through Literacy and Numeracy

Sierra Leone Association of University Women (SLAUW)

The main aim of this project is to improve women’s lives through capacity building in literacy and numeracy.

The project objectives are to:

  • Equip women with literacy and numeracy skills
  • Raise awareness of the importance of literacy and numeracy in development
  • Support women to achieve their desired goal of education

This project relates to GWI’s strategic aim (2): Increasing women’s visibility in the public sphere to ensure that girls and women are empowered through education and training to represent and be heard at all levels of decision-making worldwide, and to enable young women to be the leaders of tomorrow.

South Africa: School Mentorship Holiday Programme

South African Association of Women Graduates (SAAWG)

This project will be a school holiday programme, expanding the Saturday classes, which were conducted in 2012 and 2013 (see photos). The aim is to offer the learners an extended opportunity to be away from their community environment, while SAAWG facilitators provide the learners with experiences that will include: increasing awareness of the environment, healthy lifestyle decisions, urban organic vegetable gardening, career opportunities, and personal development. There will be opportunities for the learners to interact with other youngsters from a diverse background.

This will be a programme that is active and fun, while expanding the learners’ horizons, clarifying some career options and the opportunities to develop community and individual projects and hobbies.

Uganda: Entrepreneur Knowledge and Skills School Children and School Dropouts in Urban and Semi-Urban Communities in Uganda

Uganda Association of University Women (UAUW)

The main aim of this project is to provide lifelong knowledge and skill of craft making, as well as entrepreneur skills to school children and school dropouts (girls) in two schools in Kampala.

The project objectives are to:

  • Train and equip young school dropouts with skills and knowledge of craft making
  • Empower young girls with business entrepreneur knowledge and skills by engaging in productive activities
  • Empower young girls with survival skills and knowledge


Sponsorship of these projects is made possible through grants from the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund, donations from members of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), other members, and external donors.


2012 - 2013 BRPID Projects

2012 – 2013 BRPID Projects

Bangladesh1Bangladesh a project for education and awareness-raising among working street children in Dhaka (2000 CHF). Primary education is free; in reality about 30% of primary school children remain outside the formal education programme because they come from the poorest families and are required to work rather than attend school. These children remain illiterate. This project will initially target 30 five- to nine-year olds, mainly girls and the children of domestic workers, and provide them with a framework of non-formal primary level activities, three days a week. The children will be provided with a midday snack and will receive school clothes, bags, books, and pencils. The project aims to create the opportunities and conditions for the children to enter into the local government primary school, after nine months, starting at class one level.


CameroonCameroon a school-based tree-planting programme for educational sustainability (2000 CHF). So far, there has been an education programme with school administrators and the public on biodiversity conservation and combatting climate change, and 60 students and 13 teachers have attended a seminar on biodiversity (and tree planting in particular). The appropriate type of trees and specific areas for tree planting at the pilot school and the nursery site were identified. The project was scheduled to begin with practical demonstration and planting of trees but interestingly, since the project is concerned with climate change, its timing was affected by extreme irregularity of the seasons. Usually in Cameroon, the dry season begins in November and is over by mid-March. For the past three years the rains have been irregular and the forestry experts associated with the project discouraged the planting of trees due to meteorological predictions. CAMAUW, the forestry department and the school agreed that planting should take place at the beginning of the rainy season to give the plants the best chance of survival, so this will now happen at the end of March or early April.


El-SalvadorEl Salvador integrated care supporting children with learning difficulties (1000 CHF). This project will focus on children from pre-school through to grade nine in the government system and support those who are at risk of exclusion because of absenteeism, absence of parents or carers, low educational level of family, extreme poverty, violation of human rights, violence, and poor academic performance. It will attempt to support and protect these children, drawing upon the professional help of a number of experts, including nutritionists, ophthalmologists, dentists, doctors, psychologists and specialist teachers.


FijiFiji leadership training workshops run by FAWG with the aim of helping to revive their sister association in Vanuatu, VAWG (1000 CHF). In August 2012, a group of ni-Vanuatu women met to officially launch a new association, which will be known as Graduate Women – Vanuatu (GW-Van) and seek affiliation to GWI. With additional support from the University of the South Pacific, PGWNet and Beverley Turner (NZFGW), the VAWG Interim President, Sunita Bois-Singh, was able to attend both the PGWNet Council meeting and AFGW Conference in November 2012. The following month, a training workshop on ‘Building Multigenerational Leadership’ was held in Port Vila, facilitated by the FAWG Vice-President Lily Vesikula. The session underlined the importance of networking for the benefit of women across the Pacific, as many members are well-placed to effect change in their communities and countries. This project has now successfully concluded with the Fiji Association’s ongoing commitment to help strengthen and sustain the Vanuatu group. We look forward to meeting GW-Van members in Istanbul!


MexicoMexico expansion of FEMU’s Women’s Museum (1500 CHF).

The project’s main achievement so far has been the progress on rehabilitating the land adjacent to the museum, with BRPID and other financial and community support. Although the remodelling work has not yet been able to commence, the general public has already been able to join FEMU for performances, exhibitions, book readings and art lessons – all of them for free. FEMU is waiting to receive approved government and University funding to construct an auditorium, disabled access, a cellar, and an office.


sierra_leone1Sierra Leone an awareness-raising programme on girls’ experiences of violence and its effect on their education (1500 CHF). Awareness-raising of the types of violence experienced by girls and how they interfere with their right to education. This project, which began in July 2012, has just concluded. It was conducted in the Western area of Sierra Leone and involved both girls and boys in upper primary and junior secondary schools. Participating students were reported to be co-operative, interested to learn and eager to avoid violence in future from parents, peers and their communities.


South Africa a high school mentorship programme in Cape Town (1000 CHF). This project is running until November 2013 in Kraaifontein, Cape Town. Facilitators (some of whom are SAAWG members and some of whom are not) run a session each Saturday with an average of around 30 grade 9 girls. These groups have included a core group of learners who attended regularly and who expressed their delight to be doing the programme. All the modules and activities the project aimed to run were offered and have proved valuable; modules for grade 10 students are currently being finalised. There have been benefits from the programme for learners (directly, in terms of both their school work and indirectly, in relation to raised awareness of community issues), for facilitators, the schools and SAAWG. Girls attending in October reported having done much better in their September exams and felt confident about the November examinations, extending across a range of subjects but, in particular, English and Life Orientation – the topics that the programme had especially focused on. SAAWG will be comparing the students’ reports for the end of the 2011 and 2012 schools years in order to fully assess the students’ progress.


Thailand social studies training for teachers to promote women’s democratic rights (1000 CHF). Thai women are now playing increasingly significant roles in almost all circles of society. The 1977 Constitution of Thailand provides Thai women and men with equal rights. However, gender inequality still manifests itself through various forms of violence against women, especially discrimination and human trafficking for prostitution. This has become a challenging issue and needs special care and attention to bring it under control. One possible way to promote awareness and the application of gender equality is through education in schools, especially at the secondary level. Social studies teachers will play more crucial roles and take more responsibility for this promotion. This project will help teachers learn more about these concepts, and help them develop lesson plans that are related to, and focused on, human rights, women’s rights, and conflict resolution. It will also focus on how to create more peaceful environment within the family, educational and work settings and in society.


OUganda guidance and counselling training for secondary school teachers, parents and other stakeholders (2000 CHF). This project is running in Kampala and Wakiso, both in central Uganda. It aims to provide teachers and stakeholders at secondary school-level with skills in guidance, counselling and mentoring, and knowledge about reproductive health and HIV/AIDS.The first project activity was a two-day workshop for 12 female and 8 male teachers drawn from ten primary and ten secondary schools, plus representatives of the local council. The teaching and discussion topics included mentoring and counselling skills, effective communication, life-skills for young people, academic and professional skills for teachers, and facts about reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. Teachers felt that they acquired good information and recommended that similar workshops continue to be held. This project will run until September 2013.

2011 - 2012 BRPID Projects

2011 – 2012 BRPID Projects

Mexico – Workshops on Human Rights and the History of Women’s Struggle to Achieve Equity in Mexico. Mexican Federation of University Women is organizing monthly workshops at the new Women’s Museum to promote gender equality and human rights…IFUW-Read-More2


Moldova – Elaborating Advocacy Policy For Reproductive Health. The National Association of University Women of Moldova is promoting reproductive health policies and organising training in high schools to raise awareness on sexually transmitted diseases and family planning…IFUW-Read-More2


Nigeria – Empowering Illiterate Benue Women of Nigeria through Hair Making. The Nigeria Association of University Women is providing entrepreneurial support for 50 illiterate women hairdressers aged from 24 to 40 years old…IFUW-Read-More2


Pakistan – Training Women Entrepreneurs in Gilgit, Baltistan. The Pakistan Federation of University Women is training marginalised women in fruit processing, preservation and marketing…IFUW-Read-More2


Thailand – Assertiveness Training for Women. The Thai Association of University Women is running workshops for university and professional women to enable participants to gain and develop more self-confidence and stand up for their rights and beliefs…IFUW-Read-More2


Turkey – Peace at Home, Peace at School and Peace in the World. The Antayla branch of the Turkish Association of University Women is running a project to address the issues of family violence, with particular emphasis on sensitisation of pre-school and school-aged children…IFUW-Read-More2


Uganda – Energy Briquette Production Project for Slum Girls. The Uganda Association of University Women is training girls in slum areas in energy briquette production and management of the environment through sustainable use of organic waste…IFUW-Read-More2


Kenya – Empowering Girls and Young Women made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. The Kenya Association of University Women is training girls and young, married women affected by HIV/AIDS in entrepreneurial skills and finance management…IFUW-Read-More2

2009 - 2010 BRPID Projects

2009 – 2010 BRPID Projects

Cameroon – Promoting Mbororo Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights…IFUW-Read-More2


Egypt – Illiteracy Eradication Project for Women and Girls in Cairo…IFUW-Read-More2


Georgia – Weekend School for Girls…IFUW-Read-More2


India – Professional and Vocational Skills Development: Training the Trainers…IFUW-Read-More2


Nepal – Promotion of Adult Literacy for Women…IFUW-Read-More2


Nigeria – Literacy Classes for Deprived Rural Girls…IFUW-Read-More2


Pakistan – Skills Development Centre …IFUW-Read-More2


Rwanda – Keeping Girls in School: One Pad at a Time…IFUW-Read-More2


Samoa – Scholarship Project…IFUW-Read-More2


Turkey – Effect of Breast Self-Examination and Cervical Cancer Screening Education Programme on Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Female Teachers in Adult Education Centres…IFUW-Read-More2


Uganda – Skills Building and Sexual Reproductive Health Education Project…IFUW-Read-More2

2008 BRPID Projects

2008 BRPID Projects

Argentina – “Rescue of the Girl Child in Street Peril” – an initiative based in Rosario, a town of more than one million inhabitants, where an estimated 400 children live on the streets…IFUW-Read-More2


Bangladesh – Health, education and vocational project for women and children living in a disadvantaged rural community. Emphasis on primary education, literacy courses and tailoring skills…IFUW-Read-More2


Bulgaria – Promoting Gender Education in Central Europe” – special emphasis on the advancement of women in higher education in Bulgaria…IFUW-Read-More2


Cameroon – Helping physically disabled girls to develop self-esteem and economic independence…IFUW-Read-More2


Costa Rica – Community dental clinic and oral health education programme for elementary school pupils and their teachers…IFUW-Read-More2


Egypt – Business Training for Young People” – specialised training programme to encourage and help young female graduates starting small businesses…IFUW-Read-More2


El Salvador – Multi-function clinic, providing medical, dental, clinical laboratory and pharmaceutical services to the urban poor of San Salvador…IFUW-Read-More2


Georgia – Integration and income generation project for refugee women and women with physical disabilities…IFUW-Read-More2


India – Empowerment of Women in Indian Society” – career and professional counselling courses for women living in poverty…IFUW-Read-More2


Kenya – Women for Peace“– project to unite and empower women, following the post-election violence in Kenya…IFUW-Read-More2


Mexico – Provision of community shelters for battered women and community self-help workshops, focusing on violence prevention, health, education, income generation, social & legal assistance…IFUW-Read-More2


Nepal – Special library and reading room for women and girls in central Kathmandu…IFUW-Read-More2


Nigeria – Skills training project in dressmaking and beadwork, helping young women develop small businesses and improve their economic circumstances…IFUW-Read-More2


Pakistan – Participation in the “Adopt a School Programme” of the Pakistan Government…IFUW-Read-More2


Philippines – Multi-part project, encompassing income-generation, literacy, medical and physical development activities, and working with community leaders in disadvantaged areas of Manila…IFUW-Read-More2


Romania – Improving the cultural and moral education of young people, particularly girls, focusing on their obligations to society…IFUW-Read-More2


Russia – Research project looking at best practice policies for working mothers in the private and public sector… IFUW-Read-More2


Rwanda – Guidance and career counselling for girls…IFUW-Read-More2


Samoa – Provision of a hospital library for children at the National Hospital of Samoa…IFUW-Read-More2


Sierra Leone – Scholarship programme for girls at the primary, secondary and tertiary level…IFUW-Read-More2


Thailand – Informal education project for women and children, offering courses in health care, education, career development, leadership development, consumer awareness and Thai culture…IFUW-Read-More2


Turkey – Basic education and skills training for women living in rural areas…IFUW-Read-More2


Uganda – “Support for Teenage Mothers” – training courses with particular focus on health care, child welfare, parenting skills and income generating skills…IFUW-Read-More2


Zimbabwe – National scholarship programme for girls and young women in government schools…IFUW-Read-More2


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