Women’s Day – Action undertaken by the Principality as part of its efforts for international co-operation

Since the United Nations first designated 8th March as International Women’s Day with the purpose of promoting gender equality, this day has been celebrated by the International community. As part of its efforts for international co-operation, the Principality of Monaco strongly depends on women to implement its projects within the fields of health, education and the fight against poverty.
Gender equality and women’s autonomy are moreover an integral part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), which constitute the framework of the Monaco Government policies for co-operation. Below are just a few examples: Within the field to combat poverty, the Monaco Government, together with the United Nations Development Programme, operates a system to enable more than 1,500 women a year in Morocco, Niger, Senegal and Mauritania to gain access to micro-credit. Made up of solidarity groups, these women, whose income is less than 2 euros per day, each receive credit enabling them to develop their various income-generating activities (retail trade, market gardening, dyeing…) and hence escape from extreme poverty. In Morocco, the creation of argan oil producers’ cooperatives currently enables more than 60 women to make a living from their work, to learn how to read and write, whilst maintaining traditional know-how and protecting the argan forest. Within the field of health, in Burkina Faso, a programme to combat excision, introduced to 27 villages in the department of Pabré, has resulted in such practices, suppressed by Burkina law, being reduced. In Rwanda, in partnership with UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund), an HIV/AIDS prevention programme has been implemented in favour of the high-risk female population in Kigali.
In Niger and Madagascar, a programme to build health and maternity centres, will allow women from 12 villages to get high-quality treatment this year, particularly during childbirth. Within the field of education, in Morocco and Burkina Faso, a programme to build primary schools in rural areas, has enabled mothers of 450 school children to take part in a literacy programme. The fight against extreme severity of work and domestic chores is also an issue that has been developed within the framework of co-operation. In countries in the Sahel region, an average of over six hours’ work per day and per household is needed just to fetch drinking water and to grind cereal. In Niger for instance, setting up a dozen collective mills in the region of Agadez, has resulted in a significant increase in the number of girls attending primary school. 

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