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Empowering women to empower the Sahel

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Côte d'Ivoire

"A woman leader knows her strengths and weaknesses... and success is her priority " - Ruth Amadine Oro Tanon, a communications student, raises awareness among her fellow students as an ambassador for the SWEDD project.  Find out more

SWEDD en Action

POPULATION 23.2 million
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Côte d'Ivoire has made tangible progress in terms of human development. However, in sectors such as education, the secondary school enrolment rate for girls is 25%, and the literacy rate for girls aged 15 to 24 is 44%. As for the empowerment of women and maternal and child health, the results are inconclusive. The country ranks 172nd out of 188 on the Human Development Index. Human development has deteriorated in many regions, as a result of the socio-political crises of 2002 and 2010-2011. Access to basic services for women and girls remains a major concern, hampered by inadequate health coverage and a lack of prevention and treatment for post-partum complications. The practice of female genital mutilation is a major contributor to the increase in morbidity and mortality among women. In 2013, the prevalence rate was 36%.

Key facts & figures

23.2 million
Average age
Share of women
Fertility rate
Population under 15 years of age (2014)
Prevalence of malnutrition: delayed growth in children under 5 years of age
Unmet need for family planning
Use of modern birth control methods

Promoting a change in attitudes, making reproductive health products and services more accessible and raising awareness of demographic dividend issues among political decision-makers

Many factors explain the state of health of women and girls, such as harmful socio-cultural practices, female genital mutilation, early marriage, levirate and clandestine abortions.