At the instigation of Mrs Dominique Ouattara, First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire and Chairperson of the National Committee for the Control of Trafficking, Exploitation and Child Labor (CNS), the fight against child labor and the issue of women’s empowerment will take on a sub-regional dimension. Seventeen First Ladies of West Africa and the Sahel are expected in Abidjan, from 16 to 18 October, during a conference on the fight against violence, trafficking, exploitation and child labor, together with a ceremony to launch the regional communication campaign for social and behavioral change on the project “Empowerment of women and the demographic dividend in the Sahel” (SWEED). The themes of the fight against child labor and for the empowerment of women are two issues that Mrs. Dominique Ouattara has been working on for several years. This conference will therefore, in the context of the fight against child labor, enable the First Ladies to be involved in the protection of children and more specifically in the fight against violence against children, trafficking and child labor. In the specific context of women’s empowerment, it will also involve the First Ladies’ commitment to the key actions for the empowerment of women, adolescent girls and girls in their respective countries and in the Sahel region.
The central theme of the conference is: “Protection of children: what contribution do First Ladies make in the fight against violence, trafficking, exploitation and child labor in West Africa and the Sahel? “. Experts from seventeen (17) countries are expected for this purpose on the banks of the Ebrié lagoon. These experts will come from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Togo, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Chad. The conference will allow the wives of the Heads of State of West Africa and the Sahel to affirm their will to unite their strength for a more effective protection of children in the fight against violence against children, trafficking, exploitation and child labor. Source: Abidjan.Net
First Ladies Forum of ECOWAS Member Countries in Niamey
Thursday 05 October 2017. Palais des Congres of Niamey. The First Lady, Dominique Ouattara took part in the ECOWAS First Ladies’ Forum on Obstetric Fistula and the Protection of the Child.