WPHF is supporting women in Mali to contribute significantly to the restoration of peace by financing local interventions that enhance women’s participation in peacebuilding and economic recovery.
In Mali, WPHF is financing women’s meaningful participation in peacebuilding, recovery planning and the sustainable socio-economic reintegration of women affected by conflict.
We aim to improve women’s access to factors of production and strengthen their technical and organizational capacities in the northern and central regions of the country, areas that are particularly affected by conflict and continued insecurity.
The capacity building of key national and local stakeholders involved in the peace process will also be used by CSOs to influence the integration of women’s priorities into the implementation of the peace agreement.
WPHF is actively supporting 26 women-led and women’s rights civil-society organizations in Mali:
- ADE Sahel Mopti on a project targeting both displaced and local women and girls in Mopti-Sévaré and aiming to strengthen local women’s associations for enhacned women’s participation in decision-making to consolidate peace and women’s economic empowerment through trainings and financial support for income-generating activities.
- ADEL-Sahel on a project to enhance women’s socio-economic access and participation, in particular vulnerable women, to contribute to consolidating peace and addressing gender stereotypes to increase women’s participation in decision-making processes in 2 communities in Mopti.
- Aide au Développement Durable on a project for women’s economic empowerment and participation in building peace in six post-conflict regions of Kidal. The project will support 30 women’s associations and groups through trainings, awareness-building and sensitization as well as support for income generating activities.
- AMADE PELCODE on a project to improve women’s socio-economic situation in post-conflict areas in Tombouctou region. The project includes support to income-generating activities and trainings, as well as dialogues and linking of women sedentary and nomadic organizations for better social cohesion.
- ASECOM on a project for women’s economic empowerment in fragile and crisis areas in Niono through trianings and support for rice nurseries and market garden activities. It also includes promoting social cohesion within communities to reduce tensions and enhance relationships between civil society and government.
- Association Malienne pour la Survie du Sahel on a project for women’s economic empowerment in fragile communities in the region of Tombouctou, in partnership with 4 prevention committees, 83 village watch committees and 83 women’s associations/groups.
- Association “Boulo Momba” GPD on a project for women’s economic empowerment and community dialogues including with community leaders for better social cohesion and peace.
- Benkadi Aso on a project to enable women to benefit from income-generating activities and build the capacity of women and youth on conflict management and support their roles in promoting peace in the region of Ségou.
- Bire Ire on a project promoting women’s political leadership, economic empowerment and participation in inter-community decision making and dialogue for peacebuilding and social cohesion, in 10 neighborhoods of Bandiagara.
- CARD on a project to enhance women’s livelihood in Konna, through psycho-social support for women and girl victims of conflict, economic support in non-agricultural employment activities and reinforcement of women’s groups’ organizational capacities.
- Case de la Paix on a project to increase the economic revenue of members of this women’s association through cattle farming and contribute to stabilization and peace in Ménaka.
- CERDEPE on a project to reinforce the economic empowerment of 200 women who are part of 8 women’s groups in Tominian, in order to enhance their knowledge, skills and access to financing, as well as organizational capacities.
- DDRNAS on a project to support women’s associations in vegetable gardening in communities near Gao. It aims to build the capacity of 26 women’s associations for vegetable gardening and reinforce organizational capacities and skills of over 300 women to increase their revenue.
- DONKO on a project to improve and diversify the economic revenue of 100 women in post-conflict contexts in Ménaka and Andéramboukane to enhance their resilience and contribute to their participation in conflict prevention and management.
- GAIRDS on a project to strenghten women’s economic capacities through trainings and establishment of groups for entrepreneurship and their participation in the peace process as transformative actors of change. The project targets mostly women affected by the conflict, including survivors of sexual violence, to contribute to their reintegration and social cohesion in communities in Gao, Ménaka and Gossi.
- HONEYE associations consortium on a project to improve women’s economic empowerment, in particular of 80 women survivors of GBV, including through sanitation days and rehabilitation of rural tracks in post-conflict areas of Gao.
- Herasun consortium on a project which combines economic empowerment of women and sensitization and trainings on conflict management for 4 women cooperatives in Macina, Niono, San and Tominia.
- Kilabo on a project to empower economically 462 vulnerable women and young women in communities in Bandiagara and Djenne and enhance their knowledge in reconciliation, social cohesion and local governance.
- L’association des Femmes Catholiques de Ségou on a project of advocacy for women’s participation in dialogues and peace implementation, as well as provision of support for women’s economic empowerment through production of vegetables and fruits.
- Mali 2000 on a project which combines the strenghtening of women’s skills and participation in decision making processes for conflict management and peacebuilding in Mopti, as well as building their economic empowerment through trainings and organizational support in fragile areas in Mopti.
- ONG ACODIS and Association APDN-Mali consortium on a project to enhance women’s resilience through economic, political and social empowerment at the local level in Gao, through the establishment of committees for advocacy and sensitization, equipment for economic empowerment and capacity building for women’s organizations.
- ONG Siginyogonjé on a project for economic reintegration of 200 internally-displaced women and young women in the region of Ségou.
- RECH AID on a project to strengthen women’s socio-economic situation and work towards local governance reform following the peace agreement, to ensure women’s participation in mechanisms and organs for decision making for peace and reconciliation in communities in the region of Tombouctou.
- RFOE on a project to support women’s economic empowerment in post-conflict and fragile contexts in Ségou.
- Tiemela on a project to reinforce women’s socio-economic capacities, including through trainings on fish farming and enhancing women’s participation in community decision-making processes in Djenné.
- Woiyo Kondeye on a project to build the capacity and knowledge of 21 women groups in North Mali (Gao, Tombouctou, Ménaka) through trainings on economic empowerment, advocacy, participatory governance, political engagement, peace processes and conflict resolution.
Since 2012, Mali has been in a state of profound political and security crisis that initially erupted following the insurgence of an armed rebellion in the north, combined with a military coup, and the emergence of armed jihadist groups. After failed efforts to negotiate a peaceful settlement between the government and various armed groups, the security situation in Mali continues to unravel. Despite the signing of the country’s peace accord in May 2015, it has proven difficult to establish effective mechanisms for the agreement’s implementation.
The situation for women and girls in Mali is characterized by persistent levels of violence, including SGBV and harmful practices, as well as consistent under-representation of women in decision-making, peacebuilding processes, reconstruction and recovery efforts.
The envisaged impact of WPHF’s investment in Mali is to make effective the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda and directly contribute to the restoration of peace in the country through tangible results in women’s enhanced participation in recovery efforts and peacebuilding processes.