Mali: High Council for National Gender Policy Meets for the First Time

Mali: High Council for National Gender Policy Meets for the First Time

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The Prime Minister of Mali Abdoulaye Idrissa Maïga chaired the first session of the High Council for National Gender Policy (CS-PNG) on Friday 15 September, under the theme “Accelerating gender mainstreaming in the implementation of policies and program development, the role of state and non-state actors “.

In November 2010, the Government of Mali adopted the National Gender Policy (PNG) and its first National Plan of Action (2011-2013) as a framework for promoting equality and gender equality in all sectors and at all levels of society.

The Prime Minister said the holding of this inaugural session is fundamental to identifying the challenges related to gender promotion and proposing adequate reforms to move forward.

According to Prime Minister Maiga, there is effective gender mainstreaming in the strategic framework for the economic recovery and sustainable development of Mali (2016-2018), adding that Mali is “at a decisive turning point with the” the adoption of the 2063 agenda of the African Union (AU), one of whose objectives is full equality between men and women, the 2030 Global Agenda for Sustainable Development, whose objective 5 is devoted to gender equality and  the empowerment of all women and girls and the ECOWAS Vision 2020. “

Oumou Touré, minister for the Promotion of Women, Children and the Family, deplored the obstacles that impeded the implementation of PNG, citing the weak ownership of the PNG by the actors, gender mainstreaming in public policy, weak gender mainstreaming in the implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement, and delays in the effective implementation of the institutional monitoring mechanism for the PNG.

Maxime Houinato, the representative of the technical and financial partners, reassured that the TFPs will be involved in the implementation of the PNG. Inviting also the actors of the promotion of women to more commitment and concrete actions to achieve the objectives of PNG.
Members of the Government, representatives of technical and financial partners (TFPs), representatives of women’s organizations and civil society participated in the session.

Photo: The meeting of the National Council for National Gender Policy