Posted by: africanpressorganization | 30 January 2009

Côte d’Ivoire / A delegation of elected female officers visits the Special Representative



Côte d’Ivoire / A delegation of elected female officers visits the Special


ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 30 janvier 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire, Y.J. Choi, on Thursday met with a delegation of 20 women from the General Union of Elected Municipal Officers of Côte d’Ivoire (UGEMCI).


“As mothers we have come to give you our support and to express our gratitude for your efforts to promote peace”, declared the spokeswoman of the delegation, Mrs Lydie Zoua Seya.


The women also outlined a series of actions to Mr Choi, which they plan to carry out as part of their contribution to the peace process, including a prize for peace efforts and activities to fight against poverty.


“As women who have been elected to office, your role in the peace process in

Côte d’Ivoire is crucial”, Mr. Choi declared, adding that the involvement of women is a development factor. “As many women as possible should participate in the electoral process”, he insisted.


“We support peace and development and that is why we support promoting women”, he added. He reiterated UNOCI’s availability to give technical and logistical support to women’s activities.


The head of UNOCI’s Gender Unit, Mrs Eva Dalak, called on the women from UGEMCI to mobilise and co-ordinate their actions with other organisations such as the Coordination of Women for elections and post-crisis development.


The heads of the Electoral Assistance Division, the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) section and the HIV/AIDS unit participated in the meeting. There were also representatives from other sections who explained to the women how UNOCI supports the peace process.




SOURCE : Mission of UN in Côte d’Ivoire


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