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Thursday, September 13, 2018
Meet Kamissa Camara, Mali’s youngest and first female minister for foreign affairs
Recently- re-elected president of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita named 35-year-old Kamissa Camara as the minister for foreign affairs in his recent cabinet reshuffle. With a rich background in foreign affairs and policies, Camara becomes the first...
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Africa's young female ministers: Mali follows Botswana, Zimbabwe
Mali’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Monday named Kamissa Camara as his new foreign minister, joining a 33 member cabinet tasked with restoring peace and rebuilding the economy in Keita’s second and final term. 35-year Camara previously...
Friday, May 18, 2018
Gambia: Banjul elects first female mayor Rohey Malick Lowe
The City of Banjul made history by electing its first female mayor. Mayoress-elect Rohey Malick Lowe will be the first woman to steer the affairs of The Gambia’s capital; which houses the country’s Central Bank and is the country’s economic and...
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Malian MPs discuss SDGs and gender equality
Malian MPs from across all political parties gathered at an IPU seminar in Bamako, Mali, to discuss gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The seminar, which was co-organized with the Parliament of Mali, took place on 25 and...
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Malian lawyer builds peace and hope
The stories of gang-rape, forced marriage and fathers being forced to rape their own daughters at gunpoint keep her awake at night. Saran Keïta Diakité has listened to countless women recount the atrocities that the people of her war-torn country (...
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Second round of legislative elections in Mali
After the first round in November, Mali will hold the second round of parliamentary elections on December 15.At the moment, women represent 10.20% of the the National Assembly, with 15 women MPs out of a total of 147 members. The National Centre for...
Monday, November 11, 2013
UN Women Executive Director reinforces role of women as agents of peace and development in Sahel region on visit led by UN Secretary-General
Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka met with women leaders in Mali, listening as women asked for action to protect women’s rights and train security officers. Pledging robust support from UN Women, she made a strong call for the voices of women to be heard at all...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Legislative elections in Mali
Mali will hold the first round of its legislative elections on November 24, while the second round will be heldon December 15. Currently, the National Assembly has 15 women parliamentarians of a total of 147 members (representing 10.20%). These...
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Quotas for Women in Government Remain Key in Mali
“I have always wanted to represent the people in my area as a ward councillor, but l gave up this dream because I was afraid to contest against men, thinking that I cannot win.” Sarah Kulemeka of the Ntcheu district also gave up on this dream...
Friday, August 02, 2013
Second round of Presidential Elections in Mali
Mme Haidara Aissata Cisse dite Chato was the only one woman candidate for the first round of the presidential elections. If you'd like to read an interview with her, please visit our news section. (note, in french only) Malian women face significant...
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Mali Candidates Condemn Partial Election Results, Call for Run-Off
Malians are still waiting for the government to announce full provisional results from Sunday's presidential poll. The presidency says the announcement has been delayed until Friday, the day by law when the results are due. However, several...
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Malian women press for peaceful, fair elections
“Women's organizations have been powerless in the face of everything our sisters have suffered. We are now in a process of national reform; I think that this should be done in a participative, inclusive manner that motivates us to become involved...
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Presidential First Round (Tentative) in Mali
There is currently only one woman candidate for the upcoming presidential elections, Mme Haidara Aissata Cisse dite Chato. If you'd like to read an interview with her, please visit our news section. (note, in french only) Malian women face...
Monday, April 01, 2013
Safiatou Traoré
 iKNOW Politics: What was your motivation to enter politics? I became interested in politics when I was very, very young. I always was active in student associations and I fought for the rights of those without a voice through an association that I...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Violence against women in politics
Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Saoudatou Dembélé Camara, Member of Parliament (MPR) of the Municipality of the VI District of Bamako and President of the Law Commission
“The consequences of Qaddafi's fall have been truly deplorable. The government trusted these Malians as they returned home to escape the combat in Libya; we never imagined that they would then turn their weapons against us. Today, many households...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
A Presidential Election That Breaks with Tradition
When Malians queue to cast ballots in presidential elections Sunday, they will be participating in a poll with a difference: for the first time ever, a woman will be amongst the candidates voters have to choose between. For more...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Worst Expectations Confounded
Korotoumou Mariko-Thera, spokesperson for the Framework for Co-operation of Women in Political Parties -- an umbrella body -- told the agency that the 2007-2012 legislature could even find itself without female representatives. In the previous...