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07.12.2016 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Radio shows on the occasion of 16 days activism campaign against gender-based violence


On the occasion of the 16 days of activism campaign against violence against women, from 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights’ Day, the West and Central Africa Regional Gender Thematic Group produced 16 radio shows on the theme "From Peace at Home to Peace in the World: An Education For all "within the framework of the ongoing partnership between WADR and UNESCO.

25 November 2016: Official ceremony for the launch of the campaign "16 days of activism against violence against women"

https://soundcloud.com/westafricademocracyradio/compte-rendu-grand-format-lancemant-campagne-16-jours-senegal-2409 (in French)

https://soundcloud.com/westafricademocracyradio/dossier-lancement-16-jours-dactivisme (in French)


Theme 26 November 2016: Education and justice for all gender: consequences of structural discrimination towards women and young girls

https://soundcloud.com/westafricademocracyradio/16-jours-dactivisme-interview-nicolas-reuge-et-alassane-mbengue (in French)


Theme of 27 November 2016: The Role of women in peace negotiations, peacebuilding, diplomacy and decision-making

https://soundcloud.com/westafricademocracyradio/16-jours-dactivisme-production-femmes-paix-et-resolution-conflit-5819 (in French)


The general context in West Africa remains tense. Violent extremism, electoral processes, migrations, social inequalities, natural disasters and other unequal distributions of national wealth have destabilized peace in the region. Governments, civil society, NGOs and partners are doing their best to peacefully resolve ongoing conflicts, yet instabilities and socio-economic challenges remain. What if women were effectively and fully involved in conflict resolution in accordance with United Nations Resolution 1325 adopted in 2000? This resolution recommends the participation of women in all aspects related to peace keeping, the peace process, and peace consolidation.


  • Agathe Télou Kéméalo, Gender Advisor at the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, and coordinator of the West Africa Gender, Peace, and Security Working Group.
  • Christine Mensah-Atoemne, former Minister of Social Action and National Solidarity and former MP of Togo.
  • Euphrasia Yao Kouassi, Minister of the Promotion of Women and Family and Child Protection in Côte d'Ivoire
  • Marie Goretti Nduwayo, UN Women Representative, Cote d’Ivoire
  • Mafélina Dosso, Secretary General of the Network on Peace and Security for Women in the ECOWAS Area / Côte d'Ivoire section


Theme of 28 November 2016: The prevention and prosecution of sexual and gender-based crimes and the protection of victims of sexual and gender based violence



As part of West Africa Democracy Radio’s coverage of the 16 days of activism against violence against women, in partnership with the UN, journalist Sheriff Bojang Jrs interviews Veronic Wright, Senior Regional Legal Adviser at the UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa. On 'the prevention and prosecution of sexual and gender-based crime and protection of victims', Ms. Wright, a former prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda dwells on the challenges in investigating and prosecuting cases etc.


Mrs. Veronic Wright, Senior Regional Legal Adviser, UNODC


Theme of 29 November 2016 : Women and Food Security

https://soundcloud.com/westafricademocracyradio/5-16-jours-dactivisme-femmes-et-securite-alimentaire-5128-ok (in French)


Women play a crucial role in food security. However, they face difficulties related to access to land and financing, among others. Why are women relegated to second place? How can we help women cope with these challenges?


  • Tacko Ndiaye: Senior Officer in charge of gender equality and food security in the Regional Office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for Africa.

Report on women producers and resellers of Moringa in Niger

  • MaimounaJoubo, producer and Kadi Seydou, reseller of Moringa
  • Fatouma Seyni, leaf stripper
  • Ansoumana Amadou, chief of the village of Sarandodjanda


  • Dr. Alpha BA, Research Officer, GESTES (Gender and Society Studies and Research Group)
  • Mariam Sow, Coordinator of EndaPronat
  • Samba Barry, specialist in governance, human rights and democracy at Usaid

Report 8 March on Agricultural Entrepreneurship - Burkina Faso

Women-Agriculture-Climate in Ngodiba:

  • Aissatou Ndao, representative of women farmers
  • Bara Gueye, Director of Innovation, Environment, Development (IED Africa)
  • Samba Diop, General Manager of the regional development agency of Kaffrine


Theme of 30 November 2016 : Violence committed by state and non-state actors in schools and other places affecting the right to education

https://soundcloud.com/westafricademocracyradio/6-16-jours-dactivisme-violences-commises-contre-les-ecoles-4833 (in French)


At school, in the street, and at home, children are not immune to violence in all its forms, rendering access to education challenging. These multiple abuses have disastrous consequences on the lives of the victims, directly affecting their future. This radio show highlights the forms of violence that children can suffer during their formative years in education, and the mechanisms to be implemented to provide them with sustainable protection.


  • Jennifer Hofmann, Education Specialist, UNICEF Regional Office for West and Central Africa Interview by Ida Badjio, WADR correspondant in Lomé, Togo
  • Yaovi Lente, Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology at the University Hospital Center, Togo Interview by Amadou Dahirou, WADR correspondant in Fotokol, Cameroon
  • Amadou Aba, School Director
  • Dioula Aly, father Interview by Kara Thioune, journalist at WADR
  • Massaoudou Lawal, a journalist based in Daffa in southeastern Niger

Special Focus on Mali by Mariama Thiam, correspondent at WADR

  • Segdi Rhally, Chairman of the Kidal Civil Society Regional Council
  • Mohamed Maïga, First Vice-President of the Regional Youth Council of Gao
  • Amo Diallo, Chairman of the Regional City Council of Menaka


Special report: Pink rose against abuse against young girls


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