• Olivier PAPEGNIES

Ivory Coast: girls should run their future

In Soubré district, in the south-east of Ivory Coast, Médecins du Monde (Doctors of the World France) receives dozens of girls and young women. They all come with the same story, that of an unwanted pregnancy. Social, economic and family pressure, the absence of a policy favorable to women rights or the fear of judgements are factors that prevent women from freely enjoying bodily autonomy, especially girls who have very little control over their sex life. They lack information about contraception and the way to access reliable and safe means of contraception. It is consequently impossible for them to prevent an early pregnancy.

Faced with these difficulties, Médecins du Monde is implementing a project in Soubré to prevent and manage unwanted pregnancies in schools. The teams of the association work to improve sexual and reproductive health services, taking into account the specific needs of adolescent girls. Spaces dedicated to counselling and advice are set up, the actors of education and health are trained, health centers are reinforced and the population as well as the authorities are informed about this specific issue. All these efforts are made to give hope to young girls, to help them find their way back to school and take control over their future.

A reportage by Olivier Papegnies from the Huma Collective for Médecins du Monde (Doctors of the World France) – September 2018

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Olivier PAPEGNIES

Olivier Papegnies is a photojournalist based in Brussels, member of the Collective Huma. His photo stories are published in the Belgian and international press. He is working with the newspapers La Libre Belgique and Le Monde. He is also collaborating with NGO’s such as Doctors of the world, Amnesty International…
He received the Special jury award of “Scoop and journalism” in Angers (France) for his work about Orange agent in Vietnam Apocalypse children; the European price Lorenzo Natali in 2009 for his story Bophal, 25 years later, the Belfius price in 2010 of the best press picture in Belgium, the NPPA Nikon press award for his story on the Haiti earthquake and the Price of the Belgian parliament in 2012 for Crazy about love about love and mental disability.
In 2015 he received a grant from the Belgium journalism fund in order to document Christian community in Lebanon.
In 2017, he is also granted with the same found to document vigilance groups in Burkina Faso called “the Koglweogo”
In 2018 he received the prestigious award Visa d’or for his photo documentary Koglweogo, when the state fails at the international photojournalism festival Visa pour l’image in France.

He received the Special jury award of “Scoop and journalism” in Angers ( France) for his work about Orange agent in Vietnam “Apocalypse children”; the European price Lorenzo Natali in 2009 for his story “Bophal, 25 years later”, the Belfius price in 2010 of the best press picture in Belgium, the NPPA Nikon press award for his story on the Haiti earthquake and the Price of the Belgian parliament in 2012 for “crazy about love” about love and mental disability.
In 2015 he received a grant from the Belgium journalism fund in order to document Christian community in Lebanon.
In 2017, he is also granted with the same found to document vigilance groups in Burkina Faso called “the Koglweogo”
In 2018 he received the prestigious award « Visa d’or « for his photo documentary « Koglweogo, when the state fails» at the international photojournalism festival
Visa pour l’image in France.