01.10.2012 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Debate on women’s social movements and gender-based violence in Senegal

The opening ceremony © UNESCO/Tine Ismaël

UNESCO’s Regional Office in Dakar organizes a meeting on 2-3 October 2012 to share and discuss the results of two studies on women’s social movements and gender-based violence in Senegal.

The Senegalese Minister of Justice, Mrs Aminata Touré, will chair the opening ceremony before giving the floor to the some 35 participants from governmental institutions, universities and civil society. The meeting is co-organized with UNWOMEN and CODESRIA, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa

“We will discuss the results and identify the main axes of an action plan what will accompany the Senegalese law on gender parity,” says Marema Toure-Thiam, head of Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO Dakar.

The Minister of Women, Childhood and Women Entrepreneurship in Senegal, Mrs Mariama Sarr, will chair the closing ceremony and receive the conclusions and recommendations from the two-day discussion.

In 2011, UNESCO Dakar launched two research studies on women’s social movements and violence against women in collaboration with UNWOMEN and the Council for the Development of Social Sciences Research in Africa (CODESRIA).

Carried out in The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, and Senegal, the studies are to be debated and approved during meetings organized in these three countries, starting in Senegal.




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