CNS-RAMEDE CI Prize: First Lady Dominique Ouattara presents the prize to Kouamé Philomène, 2023 winner

The First Lady, Mrs Dominique Ouattara received Mrs Kouamé Adjoua Philomène, journalist at the Ivorian Press AgencyAgence (AIP) and the winner of the 2023 CNS-RAMEDE CI Prize for the fight against child labor, on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at her Cabinet in Cocody.

Mrs. Kouamé Adjoua Philomène was accompanied by Mrs. Barry Oumou, General Manager of AIP and Mr. Jean Claude Coulibaly, President of the Ivorian Union of Journalists (UNJCI).

Mrs Dominique Ouattara, President of the National Committee of Actions for the Fight against Trafficking, Exploitation and Child Labor (CNS), presented the prizewinner with an amount of one million F CFA. The First Lady also congratulated Mrs Kouamé on her award. In addition, the wife of the Head of State encouraged her to keep on working in promoting actions to combat child labor in Côte d’Ivoire. For her, this commitment will raise public awareness on child labor consequences.

Deeply moved and with a tremolo in her voice, Mrs Kouamé shared her impressions with us.  “Words fail me. I’m very happy to have been received by the First Lady. What an honor! It’s not always possible to be at the side of a First Lady. I’m very impressed.

Mrs Barry Oumou, Managing Director of AIP, thanked the First Lady for the initiative of this meeting. She also congratulated her on her generosity and commitment to help disadvantaged people.

For Mrs Barry Oumou, the vast network of AIP correspondents, which enables them to cover the entire country, should enable them to be as close as possible to initiatives in the fight against child labor. In her opinion, this advantage means that AIP journalists must continue to win this sectoral prize. She concluded by paying tribute to Mrs Kouamé Adjoua Philomène for the self-sacrifice and professionalism, which enabled her to win this prize.

Ms Kouamé Adjoua Philomène is the winner of the CNS-RAMEDE CI prize for the fight against child labor at the 25th edition of a communication event, held on Saturday April 27 in Yamoussoukro. Ms. Kouamé Adjoua Philomène won the award for her report entitled “Combatting child labor : Bagoleioua takes up the challenge with innovative projects using the WIND approach” .