Since 1984 Dakar became famous not only due to the world known Automotive Dakar Rally Tours but also as a place of birth of our organization. The starting squad was enormous as license plates on committee's cars showed up 20 African countries. Later it has been enlarged to 28 African countries and Affiliates in 8 European countries, USA, Canada, Japan and New Zealand.

Gender inequality in CAR (Central African Republic).

Gender inequalities in the CAR persist. They are so deeply ingrained that significant positive change will probably take decades. Some facts from a government briefing paper on gender issues in CAR below. (It is well worth looking at other sources as well.):

The share of illiterate women (68 percent) is substantially higher than that of men (46 percent)

Net school enrolment is about 37 percent for girls against 44 percent for boys, these are some of the lowest rates in CAR

More than 14 percent of women in urban areas have been subjected to sexual violence

Women in urban areas are more than twice as likely to suffer from HIV/AIDS than men (infection rate 11 percent against 5 percent)

CAR's maternal mortality rate is among the world's highest (1,355 per 100,000)

Only 11 out of 105 members of parliament are women

Only 10 percent of all judges are women

Women remain argely uninvolved in the management and control of financial resources

Humanitarian and Development Partnership Team member UNFPA was recently reinforced by a Gender Advisor, supported by the GenCap initiative, to ensure a gender sensitive and equal approach in all humanitarian operations in the CAR.

For photos of vulnerable women in CAR and to read the brief on gender, go to the next page.