The 3rd World Forum "Dynamic cities need women" brings together leaders in Abidjan to promote women’s rights
Almost 3,000 people took part in the 3rd World Forum of the Metropolis Women International Network entitled “Dynamic Cities Need Women”, which came to an end last week in Abidjan, the Ivory Coast.
Representatives from governments around the world, UNESCO, UN-Habitat and UN Women, as well as from various Ivorian ministries and the consular corps lent their support by attending the forum, which was held from 24 to 27 September on the theme of “Women and Armed Conflict”.
For Montserrat Pallarès, Coordinator of the Metropolis Women International Network, the fight against violence perpetrated against women knows no borders. She therefore called for concerted action to be taken to foster women’s economic development and for the Abidjan Declaration to be widely disseminated.
It marked the first time a world forum of the Metropolis Women International Network took place in Africa. Previous editions were held in Europe (Brussels) and in Asia (Seoul). The Seoul representative, Cho Youngmi, congratulated the District of Abidjan for having taken up the baton and the Metropolis Women International Network for the success of this forum, deemed more successful than the previous edition.
The next forum is to be held in Santiago de Chile in Latin America in 2015.