Practice Relating to Rule 134. Women
Côte d’Ivoire’s Teaching Manual (2007), in Book I (Basic instruction), lists women among “[p]ersons and objects under special protection”.
In 2009, in its report to the UN Human Rights Council, Côte d’Ivoire stated:
[I]n conformity with the statements and recommendations issued by the United Nations Security Council inviting Member States of the United Nations to have regard to gender differences in conflict situations, and to comply with [UN] Security Council resolution 1325/2000, a national plan for implementing this resolution has been adopted in Côte d’Ivoire and had been implemented since 2008. It aims, inter alia, to establish machinery for protecting and caring for victims of violence [and] to create special units for the treatment of acts of violence committed against women and girls.
In 2010, in its combined initial to third periodic reports to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Côte d’Ivoire stated:
282. The Centre of Excellence for the Women of Man (CEFM) was set up on 18 February 1989 … on the initiative of the NGO International Friendship Service to care for victims of violence in Man (western Côte d’Ivoire).
283. The purpose of this centre, now under the responsibility of the Ministry of the Family, Women and Social Affairs and supported by UNDP, is to improve the well-being of vulnerable sectors of the population (including women, girls, boys and children) living in rural areas and deprived neighbourhoods in the Centre North-West, and particularly in the Montagnes region, where all kinds of violence occurred during the crisis, including pillaging of property, sexual violence, rape and murder.
284. The Centre of Excellence therefore has the task of providing social, psychological, legal and material assistance to women affected by and rendered vulnerable on account of the armed conflict.
285. In 2008, the centre achieved the following results:
- Psychological assistance was given to 50 women and girls identified as vulnerable (including 18 victims of sexual violence, 18 former combatants, 10 trauma victims and 4 widows) (CEFM data)
- Training in art, sewing and hairdressing was given to 150 vulnerable women and girls (including 15 victims of sexual violence, 13 former combatants, 121 young single mothers and 1 HIV-positive individual)
- Rice and maize seed was distributed and funds were allocated for the purchase and resale of dried fish and the manufacture of red oil to groups of women (CEFM data).