Biography

Dominique Ouattara, First Lady

FAMILY

Dominique Claudine OUATTARA, was born Nouvian on December 16th, 1953 in Constantine. She is the second of a family of five children.

As wife of Doctor Alassane OUATTARA, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, she is the First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire and Founding President of Children Of Africa Foundation. She is the mother of two children, Loïc Folloroux and Nathalie Folloroux, BENJANI’s Bride.

STUDIES

  • 1972: Baccalaureate in Economic Sciences at Strasbourg Academy, then she turns out to languages.
  • 1975: DEUG in languages, specialized in economics at Université Paris X.
  • 1987: Diploma of Real Estate Administrator in Paris in 1989.

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

  • In 1979 she created the real estate group AICI international, (International Agency of Real Estate Marketing) of which she is Chief Executive Officer. The group is established in various towns of Africa and Europe (Paris, Cannes, Abidjan, Yamoussoukro, Libreville and Ouagadougou).
  • In 1989, she is elected Honorary Chairwoman of Real Estate Agents’Union of Côte d’Ivoire (CSDAIM).
  • In 1993, she created a realtor’s office of joint property syndics, Malesherbes Gestion, in Paris.
  • In 1996, she became President & CEO of EJD inc.
  • In 1998, she acquired the Jacques DESSANGE franchise and became the Chief Executive Officer of the “French Beauty Services” company in United States.

Après l’élection de son époux à la magistrature suprême le 04 décembre 2010, Madame Dominique OUATTARA s’est désengagée de toutes ses sociétés. Elle se consacre désormais à des œuvres sociales au profit de ses concitoyens et à sa Fondation Children Of Africa.

Following her husband's election to the Supreme Magistrature on Dcember 04th, 2010, Madam Dominique OUATTARA gave up her commitment to all her companies. She devotes herself to social worksn in favor of her fellow citizens and to her Children Of Africa Foundation.

HONORS AND AWARDS

·         March 14, 2013 in Abidjan, distinction in the National Order of Merit of Lebanon to the rank of Grand Cordon.

·         July 19, 2012 in Washington DC, Award of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) for her commitment in favor of children’s well-being.

·         January 26, 2012 in Paris, Commander of the Legion of Honour of the French Republic.

·         December 06, 2011, in Abidjan, distinction in the Ivorian National Order, as Commander.

·         February 16, 2011,in Bruxelles, Guest of honor of the meeting of First Ladies of the Crans Montana Forum, Great Distinction Award of the Crans Montana Forum Foundation, for her actions in favor of solidarity, democracy and peace.

·         May 27, 2009, in Abidjan: Officer of the Order of Merit of Solidarity. For her charity works for social relief and humanitarian assistance

·         May 24, 200 8in Abidjan: the Pan-African International Prize ICS 2007-2008 of the best chairwoman of charity structures in West Africa.

·         1989, Honorary Chairwoman of Real Estate Agents’ Union of Côte d’Ivoire (CSDAIM).

 

COMMITTMENT IN HER CCAPACITY AS FIRST LADY

Mrs. Dominique OUATTARA campaigns on all fronts against child labor. Confident of this commitment, the President of the Republic appoints her, on November 03, 2011, President of the National Monitoring Committee of Actions in the Fight Against Child Trafficking, Exploitation and Labor. Her mission is to monitor and evaluate the actions of the Government in the fight against child exploitation. The activities of her committee and her partners led to the adoption, on March 23, 2012 a National Action Plan 2012-2014, to significantly reduce the worst forms of child labor by 2014. In June 2012, the report of the U.S. State Department on the fight against trafficking in persons, had reclassified Côte d'Ivoire in Tier 2, a sign of the progress made in the fight against child labor.

 

The mission of that committee is to monitor and assess the Government’s Actions in the fight against child exploitation.

  • Mars 23, 2012, CNS partners adopted the  2012-2014, which objective is to significantly reduce the worst forms of child labor in  Côte  d’Ivoire by 2014.
  • In June 2012, the publication of the US Department fighting  against trafficking in persons, reclassified in Tier 2, sign the advancements achieved in the fight against child labor.  
  • Aid to Women

In December 2012, Madam Dominique OUATTARA launched the Support Fund for the Women of Côte D’Ivoire (FAFCI), to finance women’s micro-projects. This fund aims to improve women’s income, facilitate the financial empowerment reinforce their entrepreneurial capacities and to fight against unemployment.

  • Fight Against Mother-to-Child Transmission of AIDS

Mrs. Dominique OUATTARA actively supports all initiatives and programs against HIV infection in the mother and the child. Her vision for children’s future is that of childhood without HIV. Her membership in some associations bringing together First Ladies for the fight against AIDS such as the Organization of African First Ladies against AIDS in 2011 and the African Synergy Association as well as her participation in a meeting of First ladies in Deauville, France in May 2011 and at the meeting of First Ladies of the sub-region in Mali in October 2011, demonstrate her commitment in the fight against the pandemic.

CHILDREN OF AFRICA FOUNDATION

Since 1980, Dominique OUATTARA conducts humanitarian missions in favor of the underprivileged populations of Côte d’Ivoire. ctivities as philanthropist since 1980.
Eight years later, she formalized her actions and created Fondation Children of Africa..
She invited her friend, Princess Ira von Fürstenberg, to be the patron of the Foundation. Together, they mobilize goodwill to raise money during charity evenings. The Foundation Children of Africa Foundation advances in 4 sectors: health, education, social and subsidized centers. So far:  

Her Commitments

Mrs. Dominique OUATTARA campaigns on all fronts against child labor. Confident of this commitment, the President of the Republic appoints her, on November 03, 2011, President of the National Monitoring Committee of Actions in the Fight Against Child Trafficking, Exploitation and Labor. Her mission is to monitor and evaluate the actions of the Government in the fight against child exploitation. The activities of her committee and her partners led to the adoption, on March 23, 2012 a National Action Plan 2012-2014, to significantly reduce the worst forms of child labor by 2014. In June 2012, the report of the U.S. State Department on the fight against trafficking in persons, had reclassified Côte d'Ivoire in Tier 2, a sign of the progress made in the fight against child labor.

 

• 32,000 children have been vaccinated against meningitis;
• 73,000 have been dewormed;
• 15,000 people have been treated free at the Day Hospital;
• 21,000 children have been vaccinated against typhoid fever;
• 64,000 children have benefited the Mobile libraries;
• 48,000 children have been followed through caravans eye; 40,000 school kits have been distributed and
• 10 centers are subsidized.
• The Foundation also has its own reception center, for children in difficult circumstances: “LA CASE DES ENFANTS" (THE HUT OF CHILDREN).

La construction de l’hôpital mère-enfant de Bingerville

On June 29, 2013, the laying of the foundation stone of  The Mother-Child Hospital Of  Bingerville, in presence of the Head of State.

Built on a three hectares plot, this hospital will reduce the difficulties of access to care and help reduce maternal, neonatal and child mortality. It will also consider the issue of HIV on the mother and the child.