As part of its scientific activities and in collaboration with six academic institutions, including the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d’Economie Appliquée – Abidjan, the UNESCO Chair Shared Challenges of Development: Knowledge, Understanding, Action organized on 21 June last, the 2nd edition of the International Study Day preceded by a workshop “Young researchers” on the theme “Gender, Inequalities and Violence in Africa” in the premises of ENSEA in Côte d’Ivoire.
Speaking, Dr. Hugues KOUADIO, Director of ENSEA, made no secret of his joy at welcoming his hosts as a founding member of the Chair and welcomed them to Ivorian soil. According to him, “the quality of the training provided to ENSEA has earned it several distinctions, including two labels: Regional Centre of Excellence delivered by WAEMU in 2005 and African Centre of Excellence granted by the World Bank in 2015”.
It should also be recalled that since its creation in 1961, this National Public Institution (EPN) has trained more than 4,000 students from about twenty African countries. With the slogan “Not just just a school, a mindset” he added.
Continuing, Dr. Hugues KOUADIO wanted to “express special gratitude to UNFPA, ENSEA’s traditional partner, for its outstanding support” for the event.
Over the past two years, the UNESCO Chair has initiated reflection meetings with experts, doctoral students and researchers on a very specific theme. And the one of this 2nd edition attracts everyone’s attention.
Indeed, “issues relating to gender, inequalities and violence against women and girls in particular are discussed at the highest levels of international organizations and institutions”, said Dr. Soro N’Golo Aboudou, Secretary General of the Ivorian National Commission for UNESCO.
It should be noted that an international day has been instituted by the United Nations (United Nations) to put an end to violence against women on 25 November each year.
In addition, this international scientific event will make it possible to transpose into the academic world the reflection on certain practices rooted in Africa.
Let us hope that the results of these round tables will help governments to better understand the problems and also consider better remedies.