Women in Mali are strong and resilient, but they face many barriers and challenging odds.
Because women have limited opportunities in society, we believe they are one of Mali’s greatest untapped resources.
If we can engage and support women who are excluded from decision-making, the health and future of children, families, and communities will improve.
CHALLENGES WOMEN FACE
In general, women in Mali do not have adequate opportunity to thrive:
182 of 189
Mali’s rank on the Human Development Index (HDI)
157 of 160
Mali’s rank on the Gender Inequality Index (GII)
of women older than 25 have any secondary education
literacy rate among women
They also struggle to access adequate healthcare, which leads to some of the most challenging outcomes in the world:
average number of children per mother
1 in 26
lifetime risk of maternal death
of young women age 15 – 19 have a child or are pregnant
unmet need for family planning
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