1. Prevention of gender-based conflict and violence:
- Strengthen and develop policies for the prevention of violence and conflict, as well as mechanisms and procedures supporting the rights of women and guaranteeing safety for women.
- Create a legal environment favourable to the respect of women’s rights.
2. Protection and rehabilitation of victims:
- Eradicate the impunity of perpetrators of GBV.
- Improve and strengthen the protection of women against violence.
- Legally, socially, psychosocially and economically rehabilitate the victims of violence.
- Strengthen mechanisms for combatting GBV and domestic violence.
3. Participation and representation:
- Strengthen the participation of women in peace-building and security.
4. Promotion of gender and women:
- Strengthen attitudes and behaviours that are favourable to peace and the respect of women’s rights.
- Promote non-violent communication, promote research into gender, peace and security.
- Strengthen the collaboration between men and women at all levels by providing training and advocating for gender and the transformation of conflict.
- Provide financial and technical support to initiatives by women.
5. Coordination, monitoring and assessment of activities:
- Monitor and assess the implementation of the plan.
Mali’s NAP is focused on the ongoing insecurity and conflict within the country, especially in the North. The document starts by recognizing the security challenges facing the state, particularly increased banditry in urban areas, the proliferation of community conflicts, a rise in organized crime such as drugs and human trafficking, and the presence of terrorist groups and Al Qaeda affiliates. Thus, the internal security situation is fraught and Mali’s response to the WPS agenda will inherently be seen through the lens of these concerns. The NAP recognizes the potential synergies and utility of applying a gender-sensitive approach to these security concerns, especially as the weak security situation necessitates increased reliance on community-building and civil society organizations. This plan is also strong in that it details the budget implications and funding allocations needed to achieve each part of its objectives.
Mali’s drafting process ranks well in civil society inclusion, especially since it included a multi-day consultation process while writing the document. In part because the state lacks capacity, especially in the northern regions with ongoing conflict, and the government recognizes the necessity of deeply engaging with civil society organizations to achieve its security goals.
Police: 1 out of 26
Experts on Mission:1 out of 3