The women of the Zonta Club international initiated a conference on November 08, 2022 in Ouagadougou.
The activity aims to raise women’s awareness of gender-based violence.
The women who took part in this meeting within the framework of the 103rd anniversary of the Zonta Club international benefited from capacity building on GBV.
According to Rasmata Derra, sociologist, expert in gender and development, GBV takes into account acts that inflict suffering, constraint and deprivation of freedoms against a person because of their sex.
Dame Derra indicated that women and girls are the main victims.
Rasmata Derra, sociologist, gender and development expert
She also explained that forced marriages, physical violence, sexual exploitation, moral violence and abandonment of the marital home are all part of forms of gender-based violence.
Also according to this source, a WHO report published in 2012 revealed that per year, 475,000 deaths linked to interpersonal violence, of which 82% among women against 18% among men, are recorded.
Solange Hien, President of the Zonta club of Ouagadougou for the 2022-2024 biennium
President of the Zonta club of Ouagadougou for the biennale, Mrs. Solange Hien invites the entire population to get involved in the fight against GBV.
She believes that it is necessary to break gender inequalities.
“ This is only possible if we ourselves master these concepts of inequalities between men and women,” she said.
The speakers plan to advocate in order to achieve Zonta’s objectives for the 2022-2024 biennium.
This includes serving locally and globally, improving the legal, political, economic and professional status of women.
In addition, they intend to promote justice, universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
As a reminder, Zonta International is a global service, interprofessional, apolitical and non-denominational organization that brings together women and men from around the world with responsibilities in administration, commerce, the liberal professions and the business world.
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Its members put their skills at the service of others by conducting discussions and actions aimed at promoting women in social and cultural life.
The organization was born on November 8, 1919 in Buffalo, USA.