Rosalie Ouoba

Ashoka Fellow
Burkina Faso,
Fellow Since 2007


This profile was prepared when Rosalie Ouoba was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
The New Idea
Given the right forum and positions of leadership, Rosalie believes rural women can be their own best advocates and improve their socio-economic conditions. As the first network for rural women, one of UFROAT’s goals is to eliminate the harmful practice of others speaking on their behalf, and instead, ensure that rural women lead and speak for themselves. The network transcends national borders to create a regional agenda for rural women while remaining connected to local needs through membership organizations, and markets in each country.
To broaden support for UFROAT without violating the integrity of the organization’s structure, Rosalie formed a network of supporters that includes male leaders, citizen organizations (COs), and politicians. They are members of the Network of Support for Rural Women’s Citizenship in West Africa and Chad and participate in programming at the local level to strengthen the regional platform.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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