Burkina/Scientific Day: Researchers push reflection on the impact of the security crisis on women and young people

The Joseph Ki-Zerbo University (UJKZ) organized a scientific day on Friday May 3, 2024 in Ouagadougou under the theme “Gender, youth and crises”. This day is organized by the Gender and Development Laboratory (LGD) with the support of the “Africa Multiple” center of excellence. It aims to reflect, from a multidisciplinary perspective and a gender approach, on the impact of the security crisis plaguing Burkina Faso. This meeting brought together teacher-researchers, researchers and civil society actors. The opening ceremony took place in the presence of the chief of staff of the president of the transition, Captain Anderson Médah.

In a context where the security crisis has major repercussions on Burkinabè society, the UJKZ scientific day proved to be a crucial opportunity to discuss the challenges faced by young people and women. It was also an opportunity to identify ways to strengthen their resilience and their commitment to building a safer and more inclusive society.

This meeting fits perfectly into the monthly activities of the Gender and Development Laboratory (LGD) and the program of the “Africa Multiple” center of excellence. An initiative that illustrates the constant commitment of the UJKZ and its partners to research and action in the field of gender and development. By bringing together both theorists and practitioners, the LGD promotes a dynamic dialogue between theory and practice, thus making it possible to enrich analyzes and intervention strategies with a view to contributing significantly to the development of the country.

The head of the LGD, Professor Valérie Rouamba/Ouédraogo, announced the organization at the end of the year of an international conference on the theme “global crisis, gender and population resilience”.

The work of this scientific day will be used to inform a future international conference. For Professor Valérie Rouamba/Ouédraogo, the multidisciplinarity of the participants will make it possible to better understand the issue on the agenda, and to arrive at “the synthesis of the great witness”. “This is a synthesis of ideas that we have managed to capitalize on to move towards recommendations which, I hope, can be taken into account by the high authorities,” she indicated.

This inclusive and multidisciplinary approach reflects the LGD’s desire to promote an in-depth understanding of gender-related issues and to propose concrete and sustainable solutions to meet the challenges faced by young people and women in a context of security crisis.

A world marked by geopolitical changes

During his speech during the ceremony, the representative of the University of Bayreuth, Dr Joschka Philipps, said he observed a world marked by fundamental geopolitical changes which raise questions of security, insecurity and crises. “We, as researchers, wherever we are, our goal is to follow these changes neither with nostalgia for the past nor with the pretension of being able to predict the future,” he emphasizes.

“The vision of the Africa Multiple Center of Excellence is to work with African institutions and intellectuals on African issues”, Dr Joschka Philipps, representative of the University of Bayreuth and the Africa Multiple Center of Excellence

He also presented the mission of the “Africa Multiple” center of excellence, also called “African cluster centers” (ACC). “The “Africa Multiple” center of excellence is a network of five universities located in Germany, Burkina Faso, Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria. The mission of this network is nothing other than to reconfigure what we call outside Africa, African studies. It’s basically reviewing how knowledge is produced in Africa. And we try to do it both conceptually and structurally…” he said.

A series of presentations and round tables fueled the debates organized in two panels, bringing together researchers from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Algeria and Germany. The first panel, entitled “Security crisis and gender relations”, included three communications, including that of Ousmane Diallo, on the theme “Security crisis and reconfiguration of social gender roles: what effects on power relations within IDP households ? “. The second panel, for its part, included five communications, among which was “Les “wayignan””, an exploratory investigation by the anthropologist George Rouamba on the key actors of the political transition in Burkina Faso.

Dr Bernard Zouma, representing the president of the UJKZ, invited the Gender and Development Laboratory to maintain this dynamism

Speakers highlighted that crisis can be both a moment of vulnerability and resilience. The importance of recognizing and valuing the role of young people and women in resolving the crisis was widely underlined. Indeed, these groups are often the most affected by the consequences of violence and insecurity, but they also bring innovative solutions and new perspectives.

The scientific day organized by the UJKZ was a valuable forum for reflection and dialogue on the security crisis and its impact on young people and women in Burkina Faso. By placing the latter at the heart of the debates, this event helped to illuminate possible paths to overcoming current challenges and building a more promising future for all Burkinabè.

Hamed Nanéma




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