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Gabon, Islamic Organisation Launch Prize For Fight Against Violence Against Women

The Gabonese government and the ICESCO, as part of efforts to fight violence against women, have established a prize for the fight.

The Gabonese government and the Islamic World Organisation for Education, Sciences and Culture (ICESCO) have launched a prize to fight violence against women in the country.

The prize is expected to curtail the scourge in the country where women are confronted by several forms of violence with sexual and economic connotations.

Minister of Social Affairs, Prisca Koho Nlend and ICESCO’s Director General, Salim AlMalik, found the need to launch a prize to help in fighting violence against women because violence against women could intensify in Gabon.

“Gabonese women are confronted by several forms of violence with a strong prevalence of sexual and economic violence,” a senior official in the Gabonese Ministry of Social Affairs declared.

“Thus, women represent 90 per cent of victims of sexual violence and 83 per cent victims of economic violence. However, there are very few services taking medical, judicial and psycho-social care of the female victims.” 

Gabon and ICESCO have formed a working group to follow-up on the realization and evaluation of programmes and projects which would be put in place concerning cooperation between the two parties.

The two partners have agreed to cooperate in the programmes and qualifications as well as training the women on leadership and the fight against the forcing of girls out of school.

The parties will organise an international conference on the Gabonese model in the area of social development. They will also invite leaders and Gabonese experts to participate in conferences and colloquiums pertinent to the organisation.

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