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Promotion of peace: Euphrasie Yao engages women leaders for the consolidation of peace in Ivory Coast

  
  
24-12-2020

Euphrasie Yao, the first woman holder of the UNESCO Chair in Côte d'Ivoire, on Tuesday engaged women leaders in Abidjan to work for the consolidation of peace in the country, during a workshop for exchanges on the current challenges in peace promotion.


This workshop, organized by the Regional Community for Empowerment and Peace (CREA-PAIX), an instrument set up by the UNESCO Chair as part of its gender and peace mission, saw the participation of several women leaders from various horizons of the country.

The holder of the UNESCO Chair in Côte d'Ivoire "UNESCO Chair in Water, Women and Decision-Making Powers", Ms. Euphrasie Yao, declared that "the thirst for peace" has guided the foundation of CREA-PAIX and aroused their "dedication. constantly renewed in the service of this cause ”.

"Peace is not a passivity, it is an activity", supported Mrs. Euphrasie Yao, calling for a massive adhesion of women and young people to work for peace by dedicating themselves "body and soul to 100%". with all development partners.

"Being a passive spectator in the face of the interactions of violence kills peace, which is a movement of all and no one should remain on the sidelines of this dynamic", she observed. Anything that explains his direct contact with women and young people in the communities.

Mahatma Gandhi worked on individuals, Mother Teresa, on families, but “we chose to work for the communities” because “we started from a general observation (namely) that there are crises. that are born at the level of leaders, ”she said.

According to her, the leaders "are not the most numerous, but unfortunately the consequences (of their actions and opinions) are suffered by the populations" within the communities where we feel divisions. So why not take charge of these communities.


Women are pillars of peace. And CREA-PAIX wants to be based on resolution 1325 of the United Nations Security Council, taken in 2000, which stipulates that for a lasting peace in the world, women and girls should be at the center of the search for solutions.

The Ivory Coast, she will point out, was the first country to draw up an action plan relating to this United Nations Security Council Resolution. The other countries will come after the Ivorian state, which shows the country's interest in guaranteeing peace.

Political dialogue

This appeal to women leaders comes in a context where Côte d'Ivoire is going through a crisis born of the presidential election of October 31, 2020. Violence punctuated the ballot causing loss of human life, with among other consequences for those responsible for the election. opposition incarcerated.

The special representative of the President of the African Union Commission in Côte d'Ivoire, Joséphine Mayuma, welcomed the resumption of political dialogue between the Ivorian government, opposition political parties and civil society, held on Monday.


"We wish a good end to this dialogue which has just resumed where the children of the country will be able to work once again for the consolidation and maintenance of peace" in Côte d'Ivoire, declared Ms. Joséphine Mayuma.

The workshop, supported by the Office of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Côte d'Ivoire, placed particular emphasis on the role of women in the peacebuilding process in the country.

Mr. Bécaye Diarra, senior economist, representing the UNDP resident representative in Côte d'Ivoire, welcomed the CREA-PAIX initiative which involves women in innovative approaches aimed at establishing lasting peace according to socio-cultural realities.

A "satisfactory" campaign

Tracing the main lines of CREA-PAIX, launched on July 25, 2019, Ms. Euphrasie Yao, Special Advisor to the President of the Republic in charge of gender, underlined that CREA-PAIX is an instrument at the service of the community to preserve peace .

"We have trained women leaders of religious denominations" who worked within their community, Muslim, Protestant, Catholic ... on the theme "And if peace had a cost". Training that equipped them to go into the field to promote peace, she said.


A webinar entitled "Women take a stand for peace" was also organized, in the midst of Covid-19, in August 2020, to always involve women who come from different regions to cultivate this sesame. A post on Facebook also recorded about 30,000 views.

Training for comedians also helped promote peace. Added to this is training for students on the CREA-PAIX tool on campus and several webinars with women leaders in mediation, helping them to discover their leadership in peace.

Continuing, she noted that her staff contributed to the di


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