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Côte d'Ivoire : our partner RIDDEF submits information on women's rights to the United Nations

Paris, Abidjan, June 11, 2019

At our initiative and with our technical support, the Ivorian Network for the Defense of the children and women's rights (RIDDEF) has submitted information to the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. The situation of Ivorian women and girls will be examined by this Committee in July 2019.

This note (available in French) presents RIDDEF's concerns and recommendations on persistent discrimination against women and girls in Côte d'Ivoire. It calls in particular for the adoption of a law on gender-based violence as well as a general law expressly prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex and defining discrimination against women in accordance with the CEDAW.

RIDDEF also recommends that the Ivorian authorities launch a national consultation on the 4 current draft laws on marriage, inheritance, minority and filiation so that they can be debated and rapidly adopted.   The Ivorian practice has shown that under the pretext of parental authorization for exceptional cause provided by law, many marriages of minors take place.

Once adopted, the Marriage Draft Bill will better protect children, especially girls, from forced and early marriages. This new text sets the age of marriage for both sexes to 18 years old and removes the exception of 16 years.