Côte d’Ivoire adopted its first National Action Plan (NAP) in 2008 for the period 2008-2012. The NAP was developed by the Ministry of Family, Women, and Social Affairs and does not indicate civil society involvement in the development process. The NAP is organized into four priority areas that mostly follow the framework of UNSCR 1325: the protection of women and girls against sexual violence; the inclusion of gender considerations in development policies and program; the participation of women and men in the reconstruction and national reinsertion processes; and strengthening of the participation of women in the decision-making processes. The NAP indicates that monitoring and evaluation will be undertaken by committees and through progress meetings, but it does not include an allocated budget for identified actions.
Côte d’Ivoire reported on the implementation of its NAP in its national reporting for Beijing+25 and in preparation for CSW64 (2020). Specifically, the country indicated that it is currently revising its NAP for the period 2019-2023.
Côte d’Ivoire gained independence from France in 1960, after decades of colonial rule by the French empire. The most recent armed conflict in the history of Côte d’Ivoire is the civil war, which lasted from 2002 until 2007, resulting in the division of the country into the Muslim rebel-held north and government-controlled Christian south. Following the civil war, Côte d’Ivoire has seen political unrest, election-related violence, resurgent armed conflict, and grave human rights abuses, including the political unrest in 2011. Conflict in Côte d’Ivoire has disproportionately affected women and girls, who represent the majority of victims, internally displaced persons, and refugees. Though women were actively involved in organizing peacebuilding efforts, they were excluded from formal peace negotiation processes. Nevertheless, women played a key role in the post-conflict reconstruction process, including their involvement in the country’s truth and reconciliation efforts.