Resources to empower girls worldwide

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Everywhere in the world, girls and young women face violence and discrimination. Access to culture, knowledge and information are key to combating this scourge for two reasons:

- in a logic of prevention, so that they gain the confidence and awareness they need to overcome self-censorship and/or overcome discrimination ;

- in a logic of curation, to help them survive (in cases of violence in particular) and rebuild, via the use of culture as a means of escape and creation to recount their trauma, and access to knowledge as a tool for building their future (crafts, entrepreneurship etc).

However, Libraries Without Borders notes that very often, young girls and women are less numerous to visit its programs, which the NGO therefore wishes to enrich and adapt to these issues.


The aim is to carry out a project to enrich the resources and activities made available to each of Libraries Without Borders' programs, in 36 different languages, via: 
- work to select and create new adapted content (books, videos, moocs etc.);
- the design of teaching kits to run specific workshops for young girls (self-confidence, speaking out, creativity, orientation, civic mobilization etc.), in partnership with experts on the subject, with a view to prevention.

A special focus on victims of sexual violence will be developed, in partnership with the UN.

As part of the Inside Out photography project, initiated by French artist JR, Bibliothèques Sans Frontières organized an exhibition in the Kavumu refugee camp in Burundi, honoring those who are too often forgotten behind the numbers. Because being a refugee is a status, not an identity: that's what fifty Congolese women, men and teenagers wanted to express through their portraits, which lined the walls of the camp's library.

The aim? "To deconstruct prejudices about refugees and give a voice back to those who are too often invisibilized" explains Paulin Bulakali, in charge of the project in Burundi. The setting for the exhibition: the library in the Kavumu camp, where BSF deployed its first Ideas Box in 2015.

"The Kavumu camp is currently home to 17,700 Congolese. Most of them have fled armed conflict and ethnic violence. Some have been here for twenty years, others were even born here. Their living conditions can be difficult, and their prospects limited. However, they are not the vulnerable people portrayed, disconnected from the world and without hope. On the contrary! They make music, are comedians, entrepreneurs or teachers. Above all, they have dreams, just like everyone else.

With Inside Out, their story and message become a work of art on an international scale; it's very powerful for them. On the day of the exhibition, I felt their joy, pride and recognition." Paulin Bulakali

In June 2023, Alexandra Guiral and Louis Villers, volunteer journalists at BSF, traveled to Burundi for the exhibition's inauguration. Discover their report!

Recent result

Development of the Ideas Box 4 women program, part 1 of this project,  (, which aimed to raise awareness of inequalities. 


Libraries Without Borders aims to enrich its catalog with around a hundred new contents and resources that will be made available to all projects, reaching thousands of women and girls over several years.

The money will be used for

The money raised will be used to set up a team of educational experts to select and/or create suitable content and resources.
With our libraries, we may not be able to stop war, but we can certainly help build peace.
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Patrick Weil
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