Political unrest-turned-Civil War in Ivory Coast as reaching a frightening head.
Violence, unrest, and conflict continue to plague the Ivory Coast, especially the nation’s largest city of Abidjan and surrounding Abobo suburbs. Following the November 2010 election in which President Laurent Gbagbo refused to cede power to his opponent Alassane Ouattara, recognized by the U.N. and international community as the winner of the election, peaceful protests were met by violent government backlash that continues to escalate. Oikocredit is particularly concerned for the staff of our West Africa Support Office located in Abidjan.
Today marks 100 years since we first celebrated International Women’s Day. Remarkably, 100 years later, the world’s most prominent political and economic leaders are still calling for equitable investment in poor women around the world.