Gender-Based Violence Conference (Nov 28, 2011)
In commemoration of “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence in Honor of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women,” the U.S. Mission hosted a gender-based violence conference at the American Cultural Center on Monday, November 28. Approximately 100 people attended.
Following opening remarks by Management Officer Michael Margolies, three experts took turns on stage. Elvire Houenassou of USAID informed the crowd about the recent Beninese law regarding violence against women. Then Aminata Gueye of OXFAM gave an overview of the current situation in the country. Finally traditional chef Dah Aligbonan spoke about the cultural importance of treating women well.
After the presentations, the audience broke into three small groups, each led by a presenter, in order to discuss the issue of gender-based violence more in depth. The Young Beninese Leaders Association also contributed to the planning of this event.