Interview with UN Women
Women's House & Gender Equality in Africa

Interviewed: Oulimata Sarr

Interview with Oulimata Sarr on the gender issue in Africa and Women's House project in Senegal, by Balouo Salo humanitarian organization & Kaira Looro Architecture Competition.
Interviewer: Raoul Vecchio (President of Balouo Salo)

Oulimata Sarr
Oulimata Sarr currently serves as UN Women’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa, covering 24 countries. Ms. Sarr with her team support Governments in adopting international standards to achieve gender equality and women empowerment in partnership with civil society organizations and partners. UN Women works to make the ambition of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls by implementing programs on several thematic areas such as women economic empowerment, women peace and security, ending violence against women, leadership and political participation, data and gender responsive budgeting. Before joining UN Women, Ms Oulimata spent 10 years with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member institution of the Group of the World Bank and the largest development institution in the world that focuses exclusively on the private sector. She served in various positions ranging from Finance to Donor relations and partnerships and focused several years on conflict affected states in Africa.

UN Women
UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide. It works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on four strategic priorities: - Women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems - Women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy - All women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence - Women and girls contribute to and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience, and benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts and humanitarian action UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality, and in all deliberations and agreements linked to the 2030 Agenda. The entity works to position gender equality as fundamental to the Sustainable Development Goals, and a more inclusive world.

UN Women West and Central Africa​

Balouo Salo Humanitarian Organization​
Kaira looro Architecture Competition