Côte d’Ivoire

AJWS focuses on advancing civil and political rights in Côte d’Ivoire, a country crippled by political unrest, civil wars and bloodshed.

Côte d’Ivoire is a new addition to AJWS’s list of priority countries. The country has suffered through political turmoil and two civil wars just in the past 15 years. Although immigrants and minorities were historically welcome in this diverse and once-prosperous country, public sentiment turned against them as Côte d’Ivoire’s economy collapsed.

AJWS staff members have been visiting the country, meeting potential grantees and developing a country strategy. In 2015, we will make our first grants to support women, youth and human rights defenders and to advance civil and political rights in Côte d’Ivoire.

 

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More than 3,000 people died during
Côte d’lvoire’s civil war.

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The United Nations has discovered high levels of gang rape in Côte d’Ivoire.
Among rapes reported in 2013, more than 60 percent of the victims were between 10 and 18 years old.

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As of mid-2014, more than half of returning refugees in Côte d’Ivoire have found that their land was illegally sold or occupied while they were away.

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