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Women’s right in workplace at the heart of a panel with UN WOMEN

A panel on women's right in the workplace, was organized as part of the International Women's Day (IWF 2017), in a joint-partnership with UN Women, Total Senegal, Sanofi and Sonatel, during which several speakers spoke about well-being of women at work, forms of harassment at work and, above all, their representation within companies.

Oulimata Sarr, Regional Economic Empowerment Advisor of the UN Women’s Central and West Africa office, said during her presentation that the operational roles still remain in the hands of men in companies.

According to her, the economic empowerment of women requires the promotion of women’s entrepreneurship within private companies, but also the promotion of diversity and the inclusion of women in those companies. Hence the introduction of a certification known as ’’ Edge Certification ’’ which enables companies to be assessed in the field of gender equality.

It is important that women’s diversity and inclusion are reflected in the world of work, enabling women "to explore their potential," Mrs Sarr said, adding that Senegal "can do better even though a lot of effort has been made in terms of gender parity in the National Assembly.

"We would like this parity to be effective in other sectors of activity. Senegal can do better for women’s entrepreneurship. And we intend to invest for the success of this bet, that is a 50/50 planet by 2030.

Oulimata Sarr further noted the importance of gender-sensitive statistics in building strong advocacy, recalling that UN Women has developed a flagship global program of $ 60 million to help governments produce the best gender-disaggregated statistics and to strengthen the national statistic agencies.

She also came back talking about the campaign of solidarity #HeForShe launched by UN Women since 2014 and whose goal is to involve men in the fight for gender equality and the rights of women .

Other speakers, such as the sociologist Fatou Sow Sarr, emphasized "burnout’’ which she believes has a strong impact on women, hence the need to build day nurseries in companies.

Total Senegal’s company doctor, Dr Khalifa Cissé, talked about psychosocial risks in companies and the importance of health at work.

Daly Dia, a member of the Lawyers Association of Senegal, Dr Babacar Fall, Medical Officer of the Sonatel Medical Department and Dr Amy Ndao Fall, francophone Sub-Saharan Africa Medical Director, in Sanofi were part of the panelists of the round table.

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