WOMEN 

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.

Read more about how we support women and help them to lead.

” Traditionally, a woman in labor is compared to a soldier on the front line. When she has delivered, she is considered victorious, but if she dies in labor, it is said of her that she died honorably on the battlefield. The delivery of a boy is announced as being ‘very good and double news,’ that of a girl, ‘good news.’ The death of a woman and of her baby boy is termed a ‘double and very bad’ announcement, while the death of a woman and of her baby girl is related as ‘double and bad.'”
From L’etrange destin de Wangrin by Amadou Hampâté Bâ

                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)

7.3%

of women older than 25 have any secondary education

20.6%

literacy rate among women

  They also struggle to access adequate healthcare, which leads to some of the most challenging outcomes in the world:

6.3

average number of children per mother 

1 in 26

lifetime risk of maternal death

36%

of young women age 15 – 19 have a child or are pregnant

23.9%

unmet need for family planning

We are fortunate to work with strong, resourceful women across Mali.

Meet Korotoumou. She’s one of them, and she’s awesome. It’s women like her who are changing the outlook for women in Mali. Find out how.

She is also a member of one of our first cooperatives.

Contact Us:
P.O. Box 51632
Durham, NC 27717

Hamdallaye ACI 2000
Rue 407, Porte 267
Bamako, Mali

info@malihealth.org
617.475.0995

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