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International Women's Day in San Pedro

International Women's Day in San Pedro
Checks of FAFCI worth CFA francs 125 million handed out to 100 women of San Pedro
Checks of FAFCI worth CFA francs 125 million handed out to 100 women of San Pedro
Checks of FAFCI worth CFA francs 125 million handed out to 100 women of San Pedro
This year's International Women's Day was celebrated in San Pedro. The celebration coincided with the end of the state visit undertaken by the Head of State, President Alassane Ouattara in the Bas-Sassandra. This is the Auguste Dénise Satdium that hosted the celebration of this day, Sunday, March 8, 2015 in San Pedro. And as in previous years, this day dedicated to women whose theme is: "Beijing + 20: Performance, Challenges and Outlook for an emerging Côte d'Ivoire ", was under the patronage of the First Lady Dominique Ouattara and enhanced by the presence of President Alassane Ouattara.
 
 Taking this opportunity, the First Lady Dominique Ouattara, an activist for the empowerment of women offered donations in cash and kind worth CFA 190,500,000 to the women of San Pedro and other parts of Bas-Sassandra. Indeed, the "vagabond of charity" offered in-kind donations for agriculture, food, trade, hairdressing, sewing, especially at social level to IFEF (Female Home of San Pedro), the social centers, in the field of education including primary and secondary schools, for the cleaning of schoolyards, for dining including food, cutlery for early childhood care centers including outdoor play , equipment of classrooms, equipment for health centers including an ambulance for the town of Doba and tricycles for disabled people. These in-kind donations were offered to women of San Pedro. Their value is estimated at CFA francs 175 million. In addition, Mrs. Dominique Ouattara offered a cash donation of 15,500,000 CFA to the women of the region of the Nawa; Taboo; Gboklê and to the populations of San Pedro. In addition, the First Lady took advantage of this ceremony to hand out checks of the Support Fund for Côte d'Ivoire Women (FAFCI) worth CFA francs 125 million to one hundred (100) women of San-Pedro city. This additional funding to support these women in their empowerment efforts, increased the FAFCI first round of funding for the Bas-Sassandra which was at CFA francs 135 million. Thus it’s a total amount of CFA francs 260 million, that are available to women in the region, to improve their living conditions. More than 50,000 women have benefited from the FAFCI throughout the country

 

FAFCI Checks worth 125 CFA francs million given to 100 women of San Pedro
Des chèques du FAFCI d’une valeur de 125 millions F CFA remis à 100 femmes de San-Pedro
Des chèques du FAFCI d’une valeur de 125 millions F CFA remis à 100 femmes de San-Pedro
Mrs. Dominique Ouattara, First Lady of Côte d'Ivoire, godmother of this commemoration praised the courage of the Ivorian women. She also rejoiced with the significant improvement in their living conditions. "The Ivorian women have gone through difficult times in the image of our country. However, their willingness to recover from this situation and resolutely take the road to prosperity was stronger than any crisis. Today, galvanized and supported by their first lawyer, President Alassane Ouattara, for whom the Advancement of Women is a national priority, women in Côte d’Ivoire have taken up the challenge of economic recovery and social stability ", she rejoiced.
The First Lady Dominique Ouattara also reminded the national character of FAFCI. Today, the FAFCI amounts to FCFA 5 billion and allows more than 50,000 women across the country to have income-generating activities.
 
President Alassane Ouattara, speaking at the end of the ceremony, wanted on his part to greet the courage of women in Côte d'Ivoire.
Mrs. Anne Désirée Ouloto, Minister of Solidarity, Family, Women and Children, initiator of the day, has, meanwhile, took stock of the achievements in term of genre promotion in Côte d’Ivoire. She expressed a good mark to gender development measures undertaken by the Ivorian government.
 
Mrs Aïchatou Mindaoudou, representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Côte d'Ivoire, delivered Ban Ki-Moon’s message. According to the latter, since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration women have ever served in so many positions in the life of nations. However, she acknowledged that much remains to be done to promote gender value throughout the world. Soko Youkou Marie-Louise, spokesperson for the FAFCI beneficiaries thanked the First Lady Dominique Ouattara for her various humanitarian commitments for the well-being of populations in trouble. "God, almighty keeps you long at our side for the happiness of Côte d'Ivoire families," she hoped.
 
Aimée Zebeyou, spokesperson of the women of Côte d'Ivoire, read a motion of thanks praising the President of the Republic.
 Let’s note that a procession gathering all social walks of the country began the ceremony. A parade was opened by Anne Désirée Ouloto, Minister of Solidarity, Family, Women and Children. Artistic note was provided by several renowned artists including Alla Theresa Mawa Traoré, JC Pluriel, Axel Semi and many other artists.
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