Project on Violence against Women in West Africa: Last Workshop in Gambia

When, local time: 
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 - 9:00am to Thursday, 21 February 2013 - 5:00pm
Where: 
Serekunda
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
m.toure-thiam@unesco.org
With the ultimate goal of achieving the implementation of a plan of action to transform the lives of abused women, this two-day workshop, organized in cooperation with the National Commission for UNESCO of Gambia, will bring together more than thirty participants, mainly policy makers, researchers and representatives from civil society.<br /><br />It will finalize the results of two case studies launched in 2011 within the framework of a joint project of UNESCO, UN Women and CODESRIA, conducted in collaboration with civil society organizations, according to the method of SWOT analysis that identifies strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of a category of people in a given area: in this case, the social movement of women and gender-based violence.<br /><br />Based on the results of these studies conducted in Gambia, policy recommendations that can be implemented quickly on the ground, will be formulated in the form of a "political document" that will be officially transmitted to the national authorities at the end of the workshop.<br /><br />Thus, relying on scientific data, taking into account the experience of the populations concerned, these proposed actions aim to contribute to the eradication of gender-based violence by strengthening skills and capacities at the national level.<br /><br />The idea is to accelerate, monitor and guide social change with a view to establish a genuine equality between men and women in this country, while at the same time promoting female leadership in socio-economic, political and cultural areas.<br /><br />In the framework of the same project led by UNESCO’s Office in Dakar, similar studies have been conducted in Senegal and Guinea-Bissau in order to achieve the implementation of concrete measures at the national level, while obtaining a representative sample of common and specific mechanisms related to the social movement of women and gender-based violence in West Africa.<br /><br />The validation workshops of the studies conducted on Senegal and Guinea-Bissau took place, respectively, on 2 and 3 October 2012, in Dakar, and on 27 and 28 November 2012 in Bissau.