Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1998
This description of Constance Yaï's work was prepared when Constance Yaï was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1998.
Constance Yai is the first person in Cote d'Ivoire to successfully introduce grassroots organizing around women's rights. Her several campaigns have crossed social and economic barriers and laid the foundation for dismantling a legal structure that discriminates against women from the time they are born. Her approach brings together women from rural and urban areas and from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds.
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