Ivorian Women's Situation

On the occasion of the Panel organized by UN WOMEN, The Institute for Inclusive Security and the Permanent Mission of Finland on 3rd March 2011 in New York about the situation of women in Côte d'Ivoire, FAS delivered a statement condemning the lack of women's inclusion in the negotiation process in Côte d'Ivoire.

During the 17th GIMAC Pre-Summit organized by FAS in January 2011 in Addis Ababa, a group of women from Côte d'Ivoire received training in mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution skills. Nevertheless, women have not been included in the negotiation process.

FAS was invited to meet two outstanding women working to ensure that gender perspectives and women are included in the efforts to end the political crisis in their country. They were joined by an equally impressive Liberian woman who spoke about women's regional efforts to support their Ivorian sisters.

At this event, Mme Touré Tenin Diabate, director of REFMA and lead author of the analytical review of the mediation process in Cote d'Ivoire, and Mme Salimata Porquet, director of REPSFECO, who has recently been appointed by the Coalition as their "National Mediator," reported on their findings, and commented on the recommendations of the Panel. They were part of the group of women who received a training during the 17th GIMAC.

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