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  • Economic Empowerment of Women - Lobbying of Minister Mariatou Koné to International Organizations

    Mar 27th, 2017

    On the sidelines of the 61st session of the CSW Commission on the Status of Women in New York, the Minister for Women, Child Welfare and Solidarity, Professor Mariatou KONE met with several organizations Partnerships and levers that can contribute to the economic empowerment of women in Cote d'Ivoire.The Minister met successively with the Executive Director of UN Women, Mrs PHUMZILE, with whom she addressed several important points, notably the collaboration between the Ivory Coast and the UN institution, and the large-scale projects and actions to be carried out.

    She also met with Ms Michaelle Jean, the Secretary General of La Francophonie. This meeting, which lasted about two hours, allowed Mariatou KONE to present the achievements, challenges and prospects for the empowerment of women.In terms of prospects, mention may be made of the transformation of IFEF into incubating centers for women's entrepreneurship with more enriched training curriculam tailored to the needs of enterprises and self-employment needs. Ms Michaelle Jean expressed her satisfaction and congratulated Minister Mariatou KONE on the quality of her presentation during the panel (organized by CARE) which they co-hosted at the United Nations, during which she observed a minute's silence In tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack in Grand Bassam.

    The Secretary General of La Francophonie welcomed the efforts and progress made by Cote d'Ivoire on gender and women's empowerment, before announcing that several projects in Cote d'Ivoire will be carried out in the coming months, OIF.For Minister Mariatou KONE, the inclusion of the gender parity in the new Constitution reflects the will of the President of the Republic, His Excellency Mr. Alassane OUATTARA, to put women at the heart of the development of Côte d'Ivoire. It is now a question of operationalizing this law; what she is trying to do?The Minister for Women, Child Welfare and Solidarity is currently working on the establishment of the National Council for Women (CNF), to be chaired by the Head of State. In addition to these meetings, the Minister exchanged views with the NGO CARE, ECOWAS, UNFPA and several associations.

    The socio-anthropologist is known to the UN community, international organizations and civil society organizations for her extensive research and publications on Gender, Female Genital Mutilation, Gender-Based Violence, Rural Land, and other themes.