Côte d’Ivoire celebrates International Women’s Day with a series of inspiring events
In March 2017, the African Development Bank partnered with the Government of Côte d’Ivoire, UN agencies, civil society organizations and other development partners to mark the celebration of International Women’s Day. The commemorations began with the first meeting on the concertation framework on gender, chaired by the Minister of Women, Child Protection and Solidarity, Côte d’Ivoire, Mariatou Koné on 1 March 2017 at the Cultural Palace in Abidjan. A conference on 9 March about “Women in the working world” was then held at the Université Houphouet Boigny (Amphithéâtre A, Centre de Ressources pédagogiques) with Ms. Koné, ,Marie Goretti Nduwayo of UN Women and Jean-François Valette, the European Union Amabssador to Côte d’Ivoire.
I can tell you with conviction that Ivorian women are advancing. You are the pride of our country, and I encourage you to persevere and remain courageous and willing. I will never cease to repeat it, I have faith in you and your potential. Cote d’Ivoire needs us, women, and cannot reach emergence without our contribution, “
Dominique Ouattara, First Lady, Côte d’Ivoire.
On 10 March, a national level celebration was held in Adzopé, a town located 100 kilometres east of Abidjan, with the First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire, Dominique Ouattara. The First Lady took advantage of the ceremony to affirm her confidence in the potential of her sisters to fight poverty and to be actors of development. She materialised her faith by making an additional 200 million CFA francs available to women of the four Departments of the Me region, within the framework of the Support Fund for the Women of Côte d’Ivoire (FAFCI), funding 2,000 additional projects. This extension, in addition to the 450 million CFA francs initially granted to the women of this region, will enable 2,000 other women to undertake income-generating activities.