Empowering Women

A Powerhouse for Women Empowerment

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Africa is still a region where millions of women suffer from human rights abuses. Among the 20 worst places to be a woman, according to a 2011 Newsweek magazine’s ranking, 15 countries were in sub-Saharan Africa and 9 in West Africa. Burkina Faso was not part of this list.

Under Compaoré’s leadership, Burkina Faso, a landlocked Sub-Saharan country where 78 % of its 20 million people live in rural areas, has taken the lead from 1999 on in empowering women in West Africa and on the Continent.

While illegal gender discrimination remained common, particularly in rural areas, Blaise Compaoré has personally and successfully promoted women’s issues. Improvement in women’s economic power and social independence was underpinned by national legislation, positive action, political will and enlightenment.  Hence, the impact was enormous and irreversible.