Republic of Guinea

The Republic of Guinea is in West Africa and shares these borders with 6 countries (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Mali and Senegal) which have all experienced socio-political and armed or internal conflicts in their recent history.  The population is about 10,300,000 inhabitants, of whom the under 25s constitute more than 65% of the population. 

At the legal level, Guinea has ratified the main international and regional instruments relating to women's rights and has a legal arsenal that guarantees the principle of equality between men and women (Basic Law, Penal Code, etc.). However, this framework has not allowed women to fully enjoy their rights given the inadequacy in the implementation of the texts as well as the existence of legal gaps in certain sectors. The Government of Guinea, through the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Advancement of Women and Children, has since 2009 intensified its efforts to strengthen its institutional framework on gender. 

These include the adoption of a National Plan on United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 and related resolutions (2009), a National Strategy to Combat Gender-Based Violence (GBV) since 2010, and a National Gender Policy (2011).  In addition, efforts are currently underway to mainstream gender in the third generation of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper. Nevertheless, the effective implementation of these gender framework documents remains timid due to the lack of institutional mechanisms and functional operational tools. 

UN Women in the Republic of Guinea 

UN Women has been working in Guinea since 2009. 

Current Programs: 

  • Women, Peace and Security (WPS) 

  • End Violence against women (EVAW) 

  • Improving Maternal Health 

  • Promotion of Women's Entrepreneurship