SIPRI launched the inaugural meeting of the Malian Women’s Network for Security Council Resolution 1325 on 23 and 24 November 2017 in Bamako with the support of the Embassy of Sweden in Mali and in partnership with the Malian National Coalition of Civil Society for Peace and the Fight Against the Proliferation of Light Weapons (CONASCIPAL).
Women representatives from 36 localities throughout all 10 regions of the country gathered to share testimony of how women impact and are impacted by the conflict and to discuss their role in the peacebuilding process.
The women openly highlighted the need to respond at the community level to increasing gender based violence such as public rape and shaming. They also held a dialogue with gender experts and local representatives on avenues to involve women in local decision making.
On 25 November, SIPRI also held a workshop for academic researchers investigating peace and security themes across Mali and presented the results of the project’s second quantitative study for validation among a network of local civil society members.
SIPRI's work in Mali aims to strengthen civil society’s contributions to addressing the safety and security challenges of the population. Read more about it here.