Côte d’Ivoire NAP Overview

Côte d’Ivoire developed a NAP in 2008 for the period 2008-2012.  As of November 2016, there has been no new NAP presented. The development of the NAP was led by the Ministry of Family, Women, and Social Affairs.  Côte d’Ivoire is a post-conflict state and is in the process of reconstruction and peace-building.  As such, the NAP focuses on sexual violence against women, and subsequent legal protection of women.  In addition, the NAP states its aims as addressing “political, judicial, social, economic and professional conditions of women.”

Côte d’Ivoire suffered a civil war from 2002-2007 that divided the country between North and South. Following the civil war, Côte d’Ivoire has seen political unrest, election-related violence, resurgent armed conflict and grave human rights abuses. Conflict in Côte d’Ivoire has disproportionately affected women and children, who represent the majority of victims, internally displaced persons, and refugees. Women also face increased discrimination and vulnerability. Though women were actively involved in organizing the peaceful transformation during the civil war, they were excluded from formal peace negotiation processes and represent a small minority of political representatives and public officials.

From a recent academic analysis: Côte d’Ivoire developed the first NAP in Africa and was the first developing country to develop a NAP. Given the fact that the NAP was adopted in 2007, it is relatively specific and comprehensive compared to other NAPs of the time. Nevertheless, the NAP itself fails to mention whether civil society was involved in the NAP development process, although it does specify that civil society will be involved in the monitoring and evaluation committee overseeing the NAPs implementation. The NAP includes a relatively detailed background section, which contains a ‘situational analysis’. The Ivorian NAP lays out a comprehensive resource framework sheet that is disaggregated by year and sub-activity, but fails to identify where the required funds will come from (Miller, Pournik, & Swaine, 2014).

Côte D’Ivoire reported in its national report for CSW64/Beijing+25 that it is revising its NAP for the period 2019-2023 (pg. 21).

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