Reports of GBV in Northern Mali stemming from the 2012 rebellion and occupation are alarming. People living in the North suffered the brunt of socio-political and economic consequences of the armed occupation. During and following the crisis, the situation for women deteriorated dramatically.
Sixteen agricultural science students from Mali are set to embark on a program sponsored by the U.S. Government under the Feed the Future initiative and designed to strengthen the agricultural research capacity of Malian institutions. The students will first study intensive English for six months before pursuing Masters and PhD-level degrees in various agricultural fields at African higher education institutions in Kenya, Ghana and South Africa.
From September 25 to 27, the USAID/Mali Director Gary Juste embarked on a series of certifications of the first villages that reached the Open Defecation Free status, an innovative water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASHplus led by FHI 360) approach funded by the United States Government via USAID and implemented through CARE International and two Malian NGOs (YAG-TU and Sahel Eco). For reaching Open Defecation Free status, three villages in Mopti region in the northern half of the country that are also priority for USAID's Feed the Future and Global Health initiatives, were recognized: Allaye-Daga (Commune of Sio), Wendeguele (commune of Dandoli) and Kanikombole (Commune of Kani-Bonzo).
The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Signature Event, "Investing in Women for Peace and Prosperity" provided meaningful discussion on improving gender equality and female empowerment in Africa. Dr. Jill Biden's comments included stories about women she met on her recent trip to Africa and their perseverance in the face of medical issues, sexual violence, cost of higher education and conflict. Ambassador Samantha Power posed thoughtful questions and reinforced U.S. commitment to gender issues.
Last updated: January 21, 2015