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The population of Cote d'Ivoire is estimated at 21.1 million (UN, 2009) with an area of 322,462 sq km (124,503 sq miles). Although Yamoussoukro is the capital, Abidjan remains the largest city. French is the main language followed by indigenous languages.

Cote d'Ivoire continues to experience some internal unrest. Acts of sexual violence against women and girls occurred in both the area held by government forces and in the northern area controlled by the New Forces.

  • Cote D'Ivoire has ratified The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on December 18, 1995

  • Cote D'Ivoire adopted a National Action Plan on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) in January 2007.  Please click here for further information

  • Cote D'Ivoire has a UN peacekeeping mandate: United Nations Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI)

Sources:BBC; Amnesty International; UNIFEM

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