Côte d'Ivoire

UNESCO Chair in Water, Women and Decision-making (705), established in 2006 at the Ivorian Center of Economy and Social Research (CIRES), University of Cocody, Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire).


Gender, Water, Natural Sciences and Technology, Social Sciences


  • To promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation in the field of women, water, natural sciences and technology, social sciences, to the implementation of the Millennium Developing Goals.
  • To contribute to the struggle against poverty through the improvement of accessibility to safe drinking water in a sustainable way, improving women's status and involvement of people in the management of their affairs.
  • To facilitate collaboration between high-level, internationally recognized researchers and teaching staff of the Center and UNESCO Chairs’ international network “Women, Sciences, Technology and Water”, in particular in Argentina, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Morocco and Brazil.

Host Institution

  • Ivorian Center of Economy and Social Research (CIRES), University of Cocody

UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network

Natural Sciences.


Ms Euphrasie Hortense Yao Kouassi, UNESCO Chairholder

Administrateur Civil

Bp 641 cedex 3 Abidjan

Côte d'Ivoire

Phone: (225) 07 94 40 37

E-mail: affouey(at)yahoo.fr

Prof. Jean Biemi, Co-Chairholder

Université de Cocody

Doyen de l'UFR Des Sciences de la Terre et des Ressources Minières

Avenue Lamblin, Immeuble Lamblin, 12ème étage Plateau/Abidjan

BP 641 cedex 3


Côte d'Ivoire

E-mail: jbiemi(at)yahoo.fr

Prof Ibrahim Diarra, Ivorian Center of Economy and Social Research (CIRES), Director

Université de Cocody
E-mail: Ciresci(at)aviso.ci

Phone - (225) 22 48 21 00/(225) 05 62 97 31

Boulevard Latrille, face hôtel communal de Cocody /Abidjan

08 BP 1295 Abidjan 08

Côte d'Ivoire