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International Women's Day 2017: the CSRS celebrates its "Women" and renews its commitment to promote the gender perspective in its activities

The day of March 8th is the International Women's Day. In this year 2017, the topic chosen by the United Nations (UN) focuses on gender equality in a changing world of work. It is the following: "Women in an evolving world of work: a planet 50 - 50 by 2030". That is why the women researchers and employees of the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques in Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS), have rightly chosen this day to celebrate their commitment to the fulfillment of the tasks required by the life of" An African research institute. To mark this local specificity, they chose to dress in traditional outfits. All beautiful they were. The men of the CSRS could not remain indifferent to this international celebration of the woman. The Director General, Prof. Bassirou Bonfoh, offered to all the ladies of the CSRS a lunch. The other men of the institution, as usual, have followed suit by putting computers, books and other tools and tools at work, to gird themselves with aprons and to serve as a real butler, their collaborators.

An important place for women
 In its policy of gender management, the CSRS does not hesitate on the means to integrate the perspective of the gender in its functioning. Various approaches have been put in place to enable women researchers to pursue their research careers. This, without their life as a wife and mother, constitutes an obstacle. These approaches include institutional, moral, financial support and even extension of stock market trading periods. Several researchers have benefited. Today, the CSRS counts 32% of women (researchers and employees) among its staff. In addition, the Center gives its deserving researchers opportunities to enhance themselves. For example, Dr. Clémence Essé-Diby, a researcher associated with the CSRS for more than four years, has been entrusted with the management of the Capitalization and Valorization Unit of the CSRS and at the time of the International Women's Day, she is organizing the launch of an important project addressing the issue of noncommunicable diseases in a context of general change. The mechanisms for integrating the gender approach into the CSRS also concern recruitment strategies for junior researchers in projects and programs hosted by the institution. Recently, during the recruiting of Afrique One - ASPIRE fellows, one of the selection criteria was the preference given to women in case of equality in the scores. Thus, Afrique One - ASPIRE arrived at 15 women out of the 43 selections that is a percentage of 35% of women among the recruits. To Know more on the Afrique One – ASPIRE Program, click here : http://afriqueoneaspire.org/ 



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