April 15, 2014: Democracy in West Africa: Equitas focuses on promoting the rights of women and girls

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 4th sub-regional Training session on human rights, April 14-25 2014, Abidjan

West Africa is teeming with life and development. You only have to go there to observe an impressive dynamism and promising progress. For example, the majority of children now complete primary school and there is a significant reduction in female genital mutilation. However, the most marginalized populations, such as children and women living in poverty continue to face violence of all kinds and their voice is almost nonexistent in the democratic process. According to Ali Ouattara, President of the Ivory Coast’s Equitas Network, “our young democracies remain fragile.” Mr. Ouattara, who observed the Ivorian crisis that paralyzed the country following the 2009 presidential elections, speaks knowingly. To turn the page on this difficult chapter of Ivorian history, Equitas’ West African partners were convinced that it was necessary to hold this fourth edition of the sub-regional training session on human rights in Ivory Coast. This training session began April 14, 2014 in Abidjan with the theme of citizen participation and the rights of women and girls. For two weeks, 30 thirty leading actors from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast and Senegal, all working to promote the rights of girls and women will attend the training program. This training session aims to further strengthen the capacity of civil society, governments and national institutions in their human rights work. They will work together to plan and then implement concrete actions in favour of women and girls in their communities. To learn more about the training session, follow the links below to articles published in Ivory Coast media: Quatre pays africains renforcent leur capacités au respect des droits humains à Abidjan Démocratie en Afrique : les défenseurs des droits humains renforcent leurs capacités</a

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