And they are often deprived of basic social services.
Some socio-cultural factors perpetuate traditions that are harmful to girls and women.
In Cote d'Ivoire, the woman remains marginalized, with a status that is increasingly weakened today by the socio-political situation.
Data from the National Statistics Institute highlight their extreme poverty: 75 percent of rural women are living below the poverty line.
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The Ivory Coast hosted the 1985 African Basketball Championship where they took the gold medal. The Ivory Coast have been participating in the Summer Olympic Games since the 1964 Tokyo Games, missing only the 1980 Moscow Games.
To date, the only athlete from Cote d'Ivoire who has won an Olympic medal is Gabriel Tiacoh who took the silver for the men's 400 meters in the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
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In Africa, women are subjected to discriminatory practices that keep them in a vulnerable situation.