According to the organizers, the objective of the forum was to encourage women’s leadership to take stronger action to boost the potential of women, the only way for them to reduce gender inequalities.
The issues and challenges of involving young women in the revitalization of the associative movement in West Africa were at the center of the debate.
For two days, the work focused on the validation of the procedural manual, the adoption of the three-year plan of the network and the search for solutions to put an end to violence against women in the Cédéao area.
Benin has, through Amal Okoche, congratulated for the holding of this forum which will, according to her, fulfilled expectations.
Despite the difficulties encountered by the associations, Thombiano Valérie felt that in Burkina Faso, his country, the sky could clear if women become aware of the power they have.
On the other hand, in Senegal, there are worries about violence against women who take a dangerous course and who seem to be confused in the day-to-day lives of Senegalese women, said Zipporah Ndioune, vice-president of ROAJELF-Senegal.
Guinea shares the same fears especially as in this country it is the young girls who are exposed to violence of all kinds, according to Guilavogui Charlotte, participant from Conakry.
Did the Cotonou meeting meet expectations? This is an answer that could be answered by each participating country through the implementation of strategies for the promotion and development of women, whether urban or rural.