The AfDB supports International Women's Day

The AfDB supports gender quality across the continent

The African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with the Government of Côte d'Ivoire and other partners operating in the territory, celebrated International Women's Day. The event took place in Adzope, capital of the Me region, in the southeast of the country, under the theme: "economic empowerment of women, a fairer and more equitable world".

To mark this day, the population of the region and in particular women, of all categories of Ivorian society, gathered around the First Lady, Dominique Ouattara, the institutional godmother.

The First Lady of Côte d'Ivoire took advantage of this ceremony to affirm her confidence in the potential of women to fight poverty and to be actors of development.

In order to support these initiatives, Ouattara has made available an additional amount of CFAF 200 million for the women of the four (04) Departments of the Mé, to finance an additional 2,000 projects under the Women's Support Fund Côte d'Ivoire (FAFCI). This amount, in addition to the 450 million CFA francs initially granted to women in the region, will allow 2,000 other women to undertake income-generating activities. Ms. Dominique Ouattara also offered donations in kind and in cash to women and the people of the region, according to their fields of intervention. The total value of these donations: 113 million CFA francs.

Mrs. Dominique Ouattara, the First Lady of the Ivory Coast, offered bicycles to women.

The International Day is celebrated every year throughout the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements, without any discrimination. The day serves as an opportunity to take stock of past struggles and achievements and, above all, to prepare for the future and the opportunities awaiting future generations of women. With participation in this event, The African Development Bank marked its role and contribution in promoting gender and empowering women in Africa in particular and in the world.

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