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Last updated: April 14, 2021

April 14, 2021

Maimouna Traoré lives in Sikasso, southern Mali, and remembers dreading the rainy season only a few years ago. As she recalls, “In the past, many children in our area would die of severe malaria with seizures, but thanks to the SMC being done every year, there are rarely cases of malaria in our families. A child who takes three doses of medication per month should not get malaria.”

March 23, 2021

In Mali, a country that ranks 158 out of 162 countries on the Gender Equality Index, Internews trained women in storytelling skills, including fact-checking, and gender and conflict-sensitive reporting. Women’s voices are underrepresented in Malian media leadership and ownership, and women journalists have had less opportunity to develop journalism skills. To address this gap, Internews with support from the American people, trained 16 women journalists in Mali to be become trainers and content producers for women.

March 19, 2021

Arabe Touré has built trust with girls in communities around Mali’s large Sadiola Gold Mine. Most of the girls have little knowledge of menstrual hygiene practices. In traditional Malian society, parents do not discuss such sensitive topics with their children, especially with girls. Menstrual hygiene remains very sensitive in Mali, with many girls dropping out of school due to the start of their periods when they become victims of teasing and bullying. The lack of communication and information can lead to unplanned pregnancies and early marriage. 

March 4, 2021

Penda Traoré knows how to bring children together in Medine, a rural community in the Kayes region of Mali where agriculture and gold mining predominate. As a mentor, Penda leads weekly sessions promoting education with more than 40 girls between the ages of 10 and 19, including some who are married.

December 18, 2020

Aissata Nantoumé wakes up early every morning to cook and take care of her four children and the entire house in Dagabidé, in the center of Mali. Known as a hard worker, her daily routine is not only limited to childcare and housework. Aissata is also the Dagabidé’s only traditional baker, a successful farmer, the main breadwinner in her family, and a community mentor.