1. Protecting women and girls against sexual Violence and female circumcision
-All the sexual violence and female genital mutilation against women will drop significantly
2. Inclusion of gender issues in development policies and programs
-Gender inequalities are reduced
3. The participation of women and men in the national reconstruction and reinsertion process
-The issues of gender are integrated in the national peace, reconstruction and reinsertion processes
-The influence of women on the national peace and reconstruction processes is effective
4. Strengthening the participation of women in the decision-making process
-The equal representation of women and men in decision-making positions is effective.
The Ivory Coast NAP is out of date, running only until 2012. An updated version has not been published, disappointing the potential progress indicated in the initial NAP. Notable also is the lack of discussion of women in security forces. While including women in decision-making processes, their relegation to only the peace process and development policy limits the scope of this NAP. It furthers a narrative that women experience conflict primarily as victims of sexual violence, an objective which includes an important but not explicitly ‘WPS’ commitment to prevent female circumcision. This plan, by including a broad range of women’s issues into the WPS agenda, may dilute the focus of gender-sensitive approaches to conflict, although each issue in this plan is important on its own merits.
There are key opportunities for the inclusion of civil society in this plan, especially through the third pillar regarding a gender-sensitive approach to the Ivorian Reconstruction and Reinsertion post-conflict policy. The development section of the plan is another front on which gender progress can be made by engaging with civil society.
Troops: 6 out of 200
Military Observers: 3 out of 5