Côte d'Ivoire: Ivorians set up National Equity and Gender Commission

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) – A National Equity and Gender Commission (ONEG) has been established in Côte d'Ivoire, tasked to monitor, evaluate and make proposals in line with the promotion of gender equality.

Ivorian government spokesperson, Bruno Nabagné Koné, said that the organization would ensure that equality between men and women is reflected in decisions taken in the political, economic and social fields.

He said this will also make Côte d'Ivoire comply with its international commitments and contribute to the reduction of disparities between men and women and the promotion of women empowerment.

"This decision is a boost to gender promotion and follows other previous decisions aimed at reducing the disparity," he said, naming some of the previous decisions as the establishment of the National Women's Council, the establishment of a Compendium of women's skills, the opportunity recently given to girls to take entrance examinations of the preparatory and technical military school (EMPT), the creation, by First Lady Dominique Ouattara, of a fund geared towards supporting women in Côte d'Ivoire, particularly destitute women and the decision to extend to girls entrance exams to the gendarmerie School.

Observers say, however, that disparity remains in the field of political representation. For instance, the National Assembly of Cote d'Ivoire has 25 female MPs out of 254 MPs, a percentage of 9.4 per cent against 43.3 per cent in Senegal and 63.8 percent in Rwanda.
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18 december 2014 12:43:09

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