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date: 26 September 2022

Women in Côte d’Ivoirelocked

Women in Côte d’Ivoirelocked

  • Jeanne Maddox ToungaraJeanne Maddox ToungaraDepartment of History, Howard University


In the first two decades after independence, Ivoirian leadership had to confront the illusion of the miracle of economic development. Thriving agricultural production and cash crop exports led to misperceptions and unsubstantiated assessments of the economy. Two decades into the 21st century, attitudes toward women and their roles in developing economies have changed globally, forcing the leadership to deal with myths of women’s empowerment based on a couple of brief historical moments and take measures in the national interest to improve its deplorable ratings on gender equity. The international community’s demand for gender equity comes on the heels of a civil war that challenged Ivoirian leadership, inflicted physical and psychological damages on the population, and resulted in thousands of deaths. The nation’s inability to accept its responsibilities to women was intercepted by global demands for gender equity as reflected in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, international protocols, and World Bank ratings that were taken into account for external financing. The Ivoirian state has included gender equality as a principle in the 2016 Constitution and family law reforms. The implementation of gender policies and gendered investments in education, healthcare, employment, agriculture, land reform, and security are needed to make progress toward women’s empowerment.


  • Women’s History

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