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  • King Fahd Palace Hotel Pointe des Almadies, Dakar 8181 Dakar Senegal (map)

08.00 – 09.00 Participant arrival and registration

09.00 – 10.30  Opening Ceremony

  • Prayers by Al Hajj Sheikh Abu Bakar Conteh, President, Inter-religious Council from Sierra Leone

  • Remarks by Ms. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, CSO Representative

  • Remarks by H.E. Mrs Ulla Tørnæs, Minister for Development Cooperation of the Kingdom of Denmark

  • Remarks by Mrs. Fatoumata Ndiaye, UN Representative

  • Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Olawale Maiyegun, Director for Social Affairs, African Union Commission

  • Opening Speech by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Senegal, His Excellency Mr. Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne

10.30 – 11.30  Session 1: High Level Goodwill Messages

  • Video Message from Mrs Angelique Kidjo

  • Remarks by H.E. Mrs Sia Nyama Koroma, First Lady of Sierra Leone

  • Remarks by H.E. Mrs Sika Bella Kabore, First Lady of Burkina Faso

  • Remarks by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary Elizabeth of Denmark

11.30 – 12.30  Group Photo

12.30-14.00 LUNCH

14.00-16.00  Session 2: An overview of child marriage in West and Central Africa
Co-chairs: Mr. Mabingue Ngom, UNFPA Regional Director for West and Central Africa and Mrs Diana Ofwona, UNWomen Regional Director for West and Central Africa

  • Reality behind the numbers by a Youth delegate

  • Child marriage in West and Central Africa: An overview of trends, causes and consequences by Mrs Marie-Christine Bocoum, African Union Special Rapporteur on Ending Child Marriage

  • Discussion on Child marriage as an inter-sectoral development issue:

    • Child marriage and health  by Prof. Magueye Gueye, University Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal
    • Child marriage and education by Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang Chair of Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) Africa Board
    • The economic impact of child marriage by Ms Aslihan Kes Senior Economist at International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and Mr. Quentin Wodon, Lead Economist at the World Bank
    • Child marriage and Peace and Security by Hon. Senator Aicha Jummai Alhassan, Minister of Women’s Affairs and Development of Nigeria

(Lead Facilitator to present the elements of theory of change and concurring sessions before the break)

16.00-16.30                 COFFEE BREAK

16.30-18.00                 Session 3: Drawing key actions for addressing child marriage based on promising practices from West and Central Africa (4 Concurrent Sessions)

A.      Empowering girls to make their own decision and reach their full potential
Co-chairs:  Mrs. Anne Brigitte Albrectsen, CEO of Plan International and a Youth delegate

  • What works in empowering girls by Mr. Placide Tapsoba, Population Council

  • Tuseme a tool to empower girls by Mrs. Yadicon Njie-Eribo, National Coordinator, FAWE Gambia

  • The role of governments in empowering girls by Hon. Otiko Afisah Djabah, Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection of Ghana

  • The life changing impact of empowering girls programmes by Ms Latifatou Sonhaye, Youth Leader from WiLDAF Project in Togo

    Discussants: Hon. Mrs. Sean Abdul Baki, Minister for Gender and Social Protection of Liberia and Hon. Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs of Sierra Leone on the political and strategic implications for countries

B.      Mobilising families and communities towards an enabling social environment

Co-chairs: Esther Lehman, Regional Director, World Vision International and Sheikh Abu Bakar Conteh, President, Inter-religious Council of Sierra Leone

  • Mobilizing men and boys as agents of change by Mrs Ousmane Amina Tiemoko, Chief of Staff of the Minister for the Promotion of Women and Child Protection of Niger
  • The role of Religious leaders by Mr. Mahammadou Diallo, President of Association Musulmane pour le salut et la paix from Mali
  • The role of Women traditional leaders by H.R.H. Queen Fanta Moustafa Moussa,  President of Mbororo Women’s Association for Socio Cultural and Economic Development from Cameroon
  • Religious leaders’ role in sensitizing parents and girls by Bishop Albert Kankenza, President, Eglises de Réveil du Congo from DRC
  • Youth advocating for social change by Ms. Sambo Fati, youth advocate from Burkina Faso

Discussants: Hon. Mrs. Consuelo Ondo Nzang, Minister of Social Affairs and Equality of Equatorial Guinea and Hon. Mrs. Maimouna Mohamed Taghi, Minister for Social Affairs, Childhood and Family of Mauritania on the political and strategic implications for countries

C.      Meeting the needs of girls at risk of child marriage and married girls through tailored services

Co-chairs: Hon. Mrs Abena Ondoa née Obama Marie Thérèse, Minister for the Promotion of Women and Family from Cameroun and a Youth delegate

  • Providing SRH services for married girls and girls at risk of child marriage by H.E. Mrs. Marietou Koné, Minister for Women, Child Protection and Solidarity from Cote d’Ivoire

  • Ensuring availability of services from the national to the community level in Senegal by Mr. Niokhobaye Diouf, Director for the Promotion of Children’s Rights from Senegal

  • Successful experience of holistic approach relating to access to effective education services by Mrs. Zoenabo Ouedraogo, Secretary General of FAWE Burkina Faso

    Discussants: H.E. Mrs. Chantal Safu, Minister for Gender, Family and Child Protection from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Hon. Mr.  Carlos Alberto Kennedy De Barros, Minister for Women, Family and Social Solidarity of Guinea Bissau on the political and strategic implications for countries

D.     Establishing and implementing a robust legal and policy framework to prevent child marriage and support married girls
Chair: Hon. Commissioner Lucy Asuagbor, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

  • Successes and challenges in establishing and enforcinga robust legal framework by Hon. Mrs Elisabeth Kade, Minister for Women, Early Childhood Protection and Solidarity from Chad

  • Successes and challenges in implementing child marriage policies by M. Karim Zina, Director General for the Promotion of Family and Gender from Burkina Faso

  • Importance and limitations of the law in the context of plural legal systems by Mr. Theophane Nikyema, Executive Director, African Child Policy Forum

  • Young people’s role in ensuring laws and policies are implemented by Ms Aminata Gba Kamara from the Children Forum Network of Sierra Leone

    Discussants: H.E. Mrs. Adidjatou Mathys, Minister for Social Affairs of Benin and H.E. Mrs. Traore Oumou Toure, Minister for the Promotion of Women, Childhood and Family of Mali on the political and strategic implications for countries

Later Event: October 24