Summary: Côte d'Ivoire has created a platform for promoting and valuing the skills of women in decision-making positions.
Challenge: Gender parity in the national development process is a challenge. The lack of statistics does not facilitate the promotion of women in the management of public activities. Thus, allowing women's information and data on women's profile and skills to be mastered is an answer for positioning women in decision-making positions and in sectors where women are underrepresented. In Côte d'Ivoire, women remain marginalized, with a status weakened by the socio-political situation. Data from the National Institute of Statistics show extreme poverty: 75% of rural women live below the poverty line and can be deprived of basic social services. 31% of the staff of state employees are women in 2015, and they remain poorly represented in the legislative and executive power (16% ministers, 11.37% deputies, 7.46% mayors). Socio-cultural factors perpetuate traditions that are harmful to girls and women (World Bank, 2013).
Côte d'Ivoire wants to take advantage of some opportunities related to gender issues in governance because according to the President of the Republic: "Whenever women enter positions of responsibility, in companies, in the Function Public, in politics, analyzes are better developed, more open, decisions are made with greater awareness, they are better explained, better accepted, their implementation becomes easier, conflicts are calmed, 'balance comes back'.
The Compendium was therefore set up for the elaboration of a directory to make Ivorian women's skills visible in order to enhance their participation in public life. The Compendium is a platform for valuing female skills with the main objectives:
- Strengthen the visibility, participation and leadership of women in the management of public and private affairs at all levels;
- Provide timely and useful information for making decisions regarding the recruitment, appointment or representation of Women's Skills;
- Identify areas where women are underrepresented to encourage corrective action towards equity and social justice;
- Promote the establishment of a dynamic solidarity network among women members of the Compendium. The initiative represents the fruits of a collaboration between UNDP, UNFEMMES, UNFPA, Government Information and Communication Center (CICG), LP2I, National Institute of Statistics (INS).
As part of the exchange of experiences, countries such as Togo, Benin and Mali have drawn inspiration from Côte d'Ivoire's experience in designing and implementing their female skills and several others such as Senegal, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Guinea-Bissau have shown their willingness to implement this Ivorian practice.
The second phase of the Program also aims to benefit from South-South cooperation for the advancement of women at the political and leadership levels and the operation of business incubators.
Country Provider: Cote D'Ivoire
Beneficiary Country: Cote D'Ivoire
Supported by: UNDP, UNFEMMES, UNFPA, Government Information and Communication Center (CICG), LP2I, National Institute of Statistics (INS) Implementing Agency (s): Compendium of Women's Competences of Côte d'Ivoire (COCOFCI).
Project status: In progress. COCOFCI was set up by the Government in the National Program on March 2nd, 2016 in the Council of Ministers.
Duration and schedule of the project: The second phase of the program covers the period from 2019 to 2023.
Contact: Minister Euphrasia Kouassi Yao, National Coordinator
Ms. Carol Yangni N'da
UNDP Côte d'Ivoire
Mr. El Allassane Baguia
UNDP Côte d'Ivoire