Côte d’Ivoire launches the National Council for Women to guide efforts on women’s rights

Côte d’Ivoire is stepping it up with the launch of its National Council for Women on 2 March in line with the country’s commitment to international norms, such as the Beijing Platform for Action, and its Constitution’s tenet to promote gender equality. Côte d’Ivoire’s President, Alassane Ouattara, will chair the National Council. In conjunction with the Observatory for Equity and Gender established in 2014, the National Council will guide and advise the government in decisions related to women’s rights. President Ouattara is also urging Ivorians to double efforts to change attitudes and to promote equitable roles in decision-making for women and men.