The themes determined for the day included: problems related to gender (as woman), professional experience, barriers to funding projects, and sexual harassment. There were four working groups which spent 20-30 minutes discussing the themes in rotation. At the end of the program, each of the group had a reporter who provided a summary of all of the groups’ discussions. Professor Manouan gave closing remarks and helped to bridge the findings across the 4 groups. We concluded with a performance by one of the participants, an extremely talented singer; who was then joined in by the others in singing and dancing. The summary report available in English and French is being used to guide the strategic plan for IEWAD for future programs and initiatives.
We hope this will be the first of many more collaborations with other non-governmental organizations in Cote d’Ivoire including the Center for the Promotion of Human Rights and Development in Africa (CPHDA) and the Centre Feminin pour la Democratie et les Droits Humaines en Cote d’Ivoire (CEFCI).