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Better Grain Leads to Brighter Future for Women

June 2014—In Mali, women-owned and -operated farms for sorghum and millet crops are common, but it is rare to find women managing the companies that transport and process these grains that are staples in Malian diets.

Traditional Song and Dance on Reconciliation

March 2014The occupation of Timbuktu in 2012 was a traumatic experience for the entire community, but particularly the youth, who were targeted by armed extremist groups who imposed brutal interpretation of Sharia law.

Nurse Veronique Diawara in front of Health Center in Kita, a region of Kayes, Mali.

April 2014Veronique Diawara, 26, lives in the small town of Kita, just three hours away from the capital city of Bamako in Mali. An obstetric nurse, she has been working at her local community health center for three years.

Fatimata Touré and Michelle Obama embrace during the 2014 International Women of Courage Award Ceremony.

Fatimata Touré’s hard work might be unkown to many, but it has not gone unnoticed. She was recently recognized at the 2014 International Women of Courage Award Ceremony for her exceptional efforts to promote women's health rights and fight against acts of gender-based violence. She was one of 10 women to receive the award from the U.S.

Community health worker tests 2-year-old boy for malaria in Mali.

Approximately one in 10 children in Mali die before reaching their 5th birthday, and malaria is the number one cause of death. 


Last updated: February 17, 2015

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