Senegal: "Women Facing War" study presented in Casamance
28-03-2002 News Release 02/13
As part of the Women and War project, the ICRC's regional delegation in Dakar, together with the Ziguinchor (Casamance) regional committee of the Senegalese Red Cross, held a day-long event to raise awareness of international humanitarian law. The event, which took place on 21 March, coincided with the celebrations marking International Women's Day. It was attended by around 20 leaders of women's groups.
The ICRC took advantage of the opportunity to present the results of its " Women Facing War " study. The impact of conflict on women, the ICRC's work for women affected by armed conflict and the protection conferred on women by international humanitarian law were among the subjects discussed at a forum that brought together around 100 women and a dozen journalists. The ICRC later handed out videocassettes and posters to a dozen women's groups, which undertook to distribute them widely.
Earlier, the ICRC had provided food aid for 5,800 displaced persons living in the Ziguinchor area. It had also distributed school exercise books and cartoons conveying humanitarian messages to establishments sheltering the children of families displaced by the conflict which has affected the region for about twenty years.