Mali / Kayes
April 2020 May 2025
8 partner organizations
676,990 women (67,699 teenage girls)
1,327,431 inhabitants of the Kayes region
Regional Directorate of Health
Regional Directorate for the Promotion of Women, Children and the Family
Social Development and Solidarity Economy Department
Regional Federation of Community Health Associations
Kayes Academy of Education
The ultimate goal of the project is to contribute to the transformation of unequal gender relations in matters of the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women and teenage girls in seven districts of the Kayes region: Bafoulabé, Diéma, Nioro, Oussoubidiagna, Sagabari, Séféto and Yélimané.
To achieve this ultimate outcome, the Yellen project is articulated around three complementary intermediate results:
1. Increased decision-making power for women and adolescent girls (15–19 year-old) over their SRHR, including family planning
The activities will mainly aim to remove the barriers affecting access to and demand for SRHR, especially in terms of education and access to information, geographic access, financial access, culture, gender inequalities and social acceptability. This will be achieved through training and awareness building within the communities and by strengthening women’s leadership, encouraging changes in behaviour and attitudes, including for men and teenage boys, and transforming the unequal relations between women and men.
2. Increased supply of quality services related to SRHR that meet the needs expressed by women and adolescent girls aged 15 to 19, including GBV-related care and family planning
To achieve this result, we will improve the quality of services offered for SRH care, taking into account the needs of women and adolescent girls. This will be done by supporting healthcare providers to ensure access to a quality technical platform, sensitive to the specific needs of women and adolescent girls and respectful of their rights (reception, privacy, confidentiality). The project will rehabilitate current healthcare structures and support the improvement of equipment, materials and supplies to ensure a quality service offering.
3. Improved leadership of regional education academies, the Regional Health Direction (DRS), the Regional Social Development and Solidarity Economy Direction (DRDS-ES), the Regional Direction for the Promotion of Women, Children and the Family (DRPFEF) and the districts’ management teams for the defence of sexual and reproductive health rights, the promotion of gender equality and the fight against gender-based violences.
For this outcome we will work at the regional and local levels with the qualified personnel of reference health centres (CSRéf) and community health centres (CSCom), as well as with the faculty members of high schools and vocational training centres, to build their communication skills on matters of sexual and reproductive rights, gender equality and GBV. This work will be done to ensure that stakeholders have the necessary knowledge and skills to communicate effectively on these issues, particularly with women and teenage girls, decision makers, key actors and the population in general. Mechanisms will be put in place to monitor, oversee and support the core groups of trainers.
Nombre de femmes et adolescentes qui seront formées en leadership féminin
Number of women and adolescent girls who will be trained in women's leadership
Number of schools of husbands/of my age to be established or strengthened
Number of community health centers to be rehabilitated
Number of women reached through awareness campaigns on gender equality, prevention of gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive rights
Last January, the Governor of the Kayes region in Mali awarded the Canadian Cooperation a certificate of recognition for its achievements through the Yellen project.
Since the fall of 2022, digital platforms have been implemented and tested in four high schools in the Kayes region to inform young people about their rights and raise their awareness of reproductive health issues.