Côte d’Ivoire launches its Civil Society Advisory Group

Date: Thursday, August 4, 2016

Following the call of the Global Civil Society Advisory Group working under the leadership of UN Women Executive Director, Côte d’Ivoire launched in 2015 the process to establish its first Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG), composer of 10 members representing various social groups of the population and civil society.

Activism and commitment are a common characteristic to all ten members of the Civil Society Advisory Group. Beyond their different profiles also stands a strong belief and dedication that will enable them to bring civil society’s concerns forward while offering innovative and relevant solutions to gender issues in Côte d’Ivoire. On June 30th 2016, Côte d’Ivoire CSAG was officially launched in the presence of civil society, United Nations partners, as well as financial and technical partners.

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Members of the Civil Society Advisory Group and UN Women Resident Representative/ © UN Women Côte d’Ivoire

After welcoming the guests with the traditional "Akwaba", the Resident Representative of UN Women, Marie Goretti Nduwayo, outlined the challenges faced by Côte d'Ivoire in terms of gender equality as well as the importance of such a group: "We must double our efforts and especially bring innovative and relevant ideas to tackle the specific needs of communities in general, and women in particular.” The CSAG will not only support UN Women’s work and advocacy to advance the agenda for a Planet 50/50 by 2030 but will also relay concerns about these challenges while offering innovative solutions.

The President of the CSAG and traditional chief, Mr. Abodou Mohue confirmed and reaffirmed CSAG’s commitment: "The whole world is moving forward and acting for gender equality. Côte d'Ivoire cannot stay behind. It is an honor to be asked to participate to this movement, thanks to these determined and competent members of CSAG. "

Then, the representative of the Minister of Women, Family and Child, Ms. Arkhurst, highlighted the importance of this group: "The Ministry is very pleased because the establishment of this Group is perfect timing: the CSAG will be a key partner for us, specially to enhance women's skills and thus raise the female participation rate in politics for example."

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Exchanges between the members of the Civil Society Advisory Group and UN Women Resident Representative/ © UN Women Côte d’Ivoire

The ceremony had barely ended and the CSAG was already spotted on a spontaneous first meeting requested by their President in order discuss next steps and concrete actions. The enthusiasm was palpable and the momentum created by the launch ensures that the CSAG will truly act as spokespersons of civil society and thus effectively guide our work for gender equality.