"Malgre tout...la resolution sur la Cote d'lvoire 1633 adoptee par le Conseil du Securite le 21 octobre 2005 ne fait aucune mention du role des femmes ni les considerations de genre. Pourquoi?" "Despite everything...the resolution on the Cote d'Ivoire 1633 adopted by the Security Council on 21 October 2005 makes no mention of the role of women nor any consideration of gender. Why?"
Biography of Hélène Dandi Lou, Regional Advisor, West Africa of the Network of African Women for Peace, Côte d’Ivoire
Hélène Dandi was one of the 1000 women worldwide nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. Since 2004, Ms. Dandi has been the French Regional Adviser (West Africa) of the Network of African Women for Peace. Ms. Dandi is a member of Vision et action des femmes africaines contre les guerres (VAFAG) and has been actively involved in a joint sensitization mission seeking to promote the integration of Liberian refugee children into Ivorian schools.
Ms. Dandi has served as a secretary of the permanent mission of the Ivory Coast for the United Nations in New York, and was an international official (1992-1999) in charge of coordination of social affairs and protection of refugees for the High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Ivory Coast and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As a Social Affairs Officer, Ms. Dandi supported a voluntary repatriation program of Liberian refugees and personally accompanied convoys to Liberia.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo Ms. Dandi was involved in creating and supervising a temporary centre for 225 unaccompanied and ex-combatant children with Caritas, CICR, and UNICEF. She has assisted over 400,000 Burundian and Rwandan refugees installed in 25 refugee camps covering the regions of Goma, Bukavu in the DRC. Ms. Dandi has also worked as supervisor for a program of assessment of displaced refugees replaced in 25 temporary centers in Abidjan after the September 22nd, 2002 crisis.
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Statement at the Security Council Open Debate on Women’s Participation in Peace Processes
Presented by Hélène Dandi, Regional Adviser, West Africa of the Network of African Women for Peace