Djenebou Diallo, a 27-year-old woman from Côte d’Ivoire, at her graduation ceremony.
- Twenty-nine young Africans have just received master’s degrees in Gender and Peacebuilding, offered by Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD) in Senegal
- The only program of its kind, the degree major is the fruit of a partnership between UCAD, the United Nations Peace University in Costa Rica, and the nonprofit group Femmes Africa Solidarité
- The World Bank has provided $207,523 in financial backing since 2012, in addition to contributions from other partners
Twenty-nine graduates (15 women and 14 men) from university and professional backgrounds made up the first class, remarkable for its diversity. The students were from Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan, Togo and the Republic of Cabo Verde ¾ no fewer than 13 sub-Saharan African countries.
Creation of the degree is part of a broader recognition that “Africa cannot have sustained growth without peace and without the participation of women, who make up 50 percent of the work force,” says Vera Songwe, World Bank country director for Senegal. “Africa’s growth and prosperity,” she adds, “depend on policies established by our governments to build an equitable society based on peace and excellence.”
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