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

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Violence against women

Third and last workshop of a project covering 3 countries in West Africa (Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal), the workshop to be held in Banjul will validate the results of several case studies on the social movement of women and violence against women carried out following the "Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats" (SWOT) method.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Type of Event Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Start 20.02.2013 09:00 local time
End 21.02.2013 17:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Toure Thiam, Marema
Organizer UNESCO Office in Dakar
Country Gambia
City Serekunda
Venue Kairaba Beach Hotel
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English
Estimated number of participants 30-35
Official Website UNESCO Office in Dakar
Link 1 Gender Equality in UNESCO
Link 2 Interview with Aminata Diaw-Cissé: “We cannot end gender-related violence without understanding the social construction which is the backdrop.”
Link 3
Link 4


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