Posted by: africanpressorganization | 4 February 2010

Côte d’Ivoire / Women’s organizations, media and political parties plead for gender promotion in electoral process




Côte d’Ivoire / Women’s organizations, media and political parties plead for gender promotion in electoral process



ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, February 4, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A workshop, which brought together 25 members of women’s organisations, the media and political parties, held from 27 to 29 January 2010 in Adzopé, 108 km from Abidjan, on Friday recommended the promotion of gender in the electoral processs.


At the end of the three-day training, initiated by the Gender Unit and the Public Information Office of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) on the theme: “Gender, media and elections”, participants also recommended the integration of gender in the programmes of journalism schools. In addition, they appealed for the sensitization and training of supporters of political parties.


Speaking at the closing ceremony on behalf of the participants, the president of the Women’s Network of Political Parties in Côte d’Ivoire (REFEP-CI), Maitre Blé Madiga Madeleine said that the training, which was rich in information, had been well assimilated. “This workshop has made us aware that Ivorian women must combine their efforts and contribute with the media to strengthening their image,” she added.


For his part, the Acting Chief of Public Information, Hamadoun Touré, said that the media must faithfully reflect the image of women. He assured participants of the Mission’s support in the promotion of gender in the current electoral period.


Under the leadership of the head of the Gender Unit of the Mission, Eva Dalak, participants discussed various themes aimed at identifying the issue of gender in the media, in political parties and in the electoral process. They have now been armed with the tools to detect and correct patriarchal, sexist and stereotyping practices in an effort to promote gender equality and monitor and assess it.


The training in Adzopé was the third of its kind to be organized by UNOCI. The participants appealed to UNOCI to increase this type of initiative. They also made a commitment to pass on what they have learnt to media professionals, political leaders and traditional chiefs.



Mission of UN in Côte d’Ivoire


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