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CECI’s Ambassadrices Go on Mission to Burkina Faso

February, 22 2017

From February 4 to 13, 2017, four of CECI’s women ambassadors—actress Anne-Marie Cadieux, Radio-Canada political analyst Marie Grégoire, director Nathalie Pelletier, and cultural manager and philanthropist Danielle Sauvage—visited women rice parboilers in Burkina Faso. The goal of their mission was to forge ties with these extraordinary women and to document the daily challenges they face and the advancements they have made with CECI’s support.

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Hundreds of photos and several hours of footage were taken during meetings and conversations with the women rice parboiler communities targeted for the mission. Have a look at some of the photos on our Facebook page. Listen to an interview with Anne-Marie Cadieux on Medium Large, hosted by Catherine Perrin, and Marie Grégoire’s story on Gravel le matin. Video clips will soon be available.

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This mission followed up on a September 2016 exploratory mission, for which we sent two other ambassadors—broadcaster Gabrielle Pauzé and international relations manager and consultant Michelle Bussières—to visit the women rice parboilers.

CECI’s Club des ambassadrices supports women rice parboilers in Burkina Faso through mentoring, outreach and philanthropy. Through a five-year project, the Club contributes to women’s economic empowerment by promoting the value of nationally produced rice through parboiling and the strengthening of parboiler organizations, so that they may become profitable, professional, and recognized businesses within the rice industry. The project targets a total of 5,000 women and receives funding from Global Affairs Canada. For every dollar raised, the Canadian government invests $15.

To date, CECI’s Club des Ambassadrices has raised more than $90,000.

CECI’s Club des Ambassadrices was created in 2014 and now boasts 33 members—Quebec women involved in politics, communications, the arts and business.