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High-level side event on Gender-Based Violence, Girls’ and Women’s Rights in the Central Sahel

A consortium of organizations is organizing a virtual high-level side event on the theme: “Gender-Based Violence, Girls’ and Women’s Rights in the Central Sahel”, on the margins of a Ministerial Roundtable on Central Sahel, taking place 20 October 2020, in Copenhagen, Denmark. The high-level side event will take place on Friday, 16 October 2020, from 3:30 to 5:00 CEST (13:30 in Dakar, 14:30 in Abuja, 16:30 in Nairobi).

The event will draw attention on gaps and needs to prevent and respond to GBV in the Central Sahel and will call for concrete engagements by multiple stakeholders liking with the Call to Action on the Protection from GBV in emergencies and advocate for global solidarity around girls’ and women’s rights, and the elimination of gender-based violence.

Ms. Mette Thygesen from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will deliver the keynote opening remarks and Mr Mabingue Ngom, UNFPA Regional Director for West and Central Africa, will chair the event. Young women from Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger will speak at the event, frontline actors will also share their experience and perspectives on the prevention, risk mitigation and response to gender based violence. Meanwhile, representatives from the concerned governments and partners will address the challenges underlined by women, girls and service providers.

Organized by Care International, Plan International, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Gender Based Violence Area of Responsibility (GBV AoR), the main objectives of the event are to amplify the voices and priorities of women and girls from the Sahel. Participants will have a unique opportunity to hear the stories of the affected women and girls and to learn from the first-hand experiences.

Details of the virtual high-level side event are available on the concept note. Click here to register and participate.


Who we are?

Care International is a global leader within a worldwide movement dedicated to saving lives and ending poverty. Care seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live with dignity and security.

Plan International is a development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Plan strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners.

Gender-Based Violence Area of Responsibility (GBV AoR) is the global level forum for coordination and collaboration under the Cluster Approach on GBV prevention and response in humanitarian settings. It is led by the UNFPA and brings together actors from across the humanitarian community.

United Nations Population Funds (UNFPA) is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. UNFPA mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. 



  • Mahamoudou Guimbayara, Regional Humanitarian Advocacy Coordinator, Care International, West Africa | |Tel: +22390457072 – Bamako, Mali; and Rakietou Hassane Mossi, Regional Communication and Support Officer, Care International| | Tel: +227 92199155
  • Noemi Dalmonte, Gender Based Violence Advisor, Team leader of the GBV AoR in West and Central Africa, +39 334 66 52 366,; and Philippe Carr, Communication Specialist of the GBV AoR,  +353 86 365 2207
  • Karen Falk Mygind, Policy Advisor, Plan International Denmark | | Tel: +45 53 65 62 71 – Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Jacob Enoh Eben| Regional Communications Advisor, UNFPA WCARO | | Tel: +221 77 358 66 62 – Dakar, Senegal