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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...
Ascofaré Ouleymatou Tamboura Member of Parliament for Ténenkou Cercle, President of the Women’s Caucus of the National Assembly of Mali
“To my sisters and my daughters who want to embark on politics, I have only one piece of advice: you have to believe!” - Ascofaré Ouleymatou Tamboura iKNOW Politics: To start, can you tell us what challenges you had to overcome as a woman in...

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On April 14, iKNOW Politics participated to the launch event of UN Women in Mali. On April 14, iKNOW Politics attended the official launch event of UN Women in Mali. The event took place at the International conference center of...
From 6 to 13 February 2012; iKNOW Politics has attended two meetings of the NDI Mali. From 6 to 13 February 2012; iKNOW Politics has attended two meetings of the NDI Mali. The first (February 6-10) was the workshop of the West...

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This consolidated response highlights recommendations on how to empower independent women candidates to succeed in elections. These recommendations include providing training sessions, working with civil society organizations, forming women’s...

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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...

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The United Nations envoy for children and armed conflict today voiced grave concern over reports of recruitment of child soldiers by Tuareg rebels and Islamist militias in northern Mali, stressing that both groups have a responsibility to comply...
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...
On July 25, iKNOW Politics was officially launched in Bamako. Representatives of civil society groups, government officials, researchers, national women’s machineries and government ministries, iKNOW Politics partners NDI, UNDP and UNIFEM attended...
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 (...
“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...

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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...
This case study highlights some of the good practices emerging among Federation of Canadaian Municipalities (FCM) and its partner local government associations in improving women’s political leadership and decision-making in local government. It is...

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“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...

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Safiatou Traoré Member of the National Assembly of Mali
 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...
Saoudatou Dembélé Camara, Member of Parliament (MPR) of the Municipality of the VI District of Bamako and President of the Law Commission Special Interview on the crisis in Northern Mali and its impact on the political participation of women in Mali
“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...
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...
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...

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Since 2008, when the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) began working on gender and security sector transformation in West Africa, we have repeatedly been asked for information on gender and security from other countries...

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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...

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Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics

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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...