Mali, West Africa
April 2014 to Diciembre 2019
Around 43,000 people: women, men and youth who are members of civil society organizations, victims, citizens, social and religious leaders, actors of justice and various authorities
20,891,021 CAD, financed by :
- Gouvernment of Canada through Global Affairs Canada: 19,541,821 CAD
- Consortium: 1,349,200 CAD
- CECI: 336,000 CAD
The Malian society has a profound desire for justice to be served. Prosecuting perpetrators of crimes committed during the crisis will help combat impunity and strengthen the rule of law, thereby preventing people from serving justice on their own. The project fosters access to justice services for people affected by the crisis and ensures representation for victims of serious human rights violations or corruption, with a view to social change and creating a legal system. Combating impunity will be most successful when we work in cooperation with civil society organizations and actors of justice who are equipped to flag corruption and make a real contribution to combatting these issues.
The project also works towards reconciliation. It supports an inclusive process of dialog within and between communities. Leaders, including representatives of organizations for women, men, youth and victims of human rights violations, will openly discuss the causes of conflict, its consequences—especially for women—and persistent problems that could degenerate into conflict. The leaders will take part in traditional justice mechanisms they deem appropriate for Mali. Through community mobilization, they will foster a more peaceful environment, one that protects victim’s rights to truth, justice and remedies and that prevents repeat offences.
This display of citizen engagement will also contribute to the prevention of conflicts and corruption. As it was elsewhere established that gender-based violence
tended to increase after a crisis, the project is supporting an array of prevention measures, led and supported by the communities with consistent engagement from men, to say “no” to violence against girls and women. Over the past year, more than 12,000 women, men, girls and boys were sensitized to break the taboo and combat violence against girls and women.
Justice, prevention and reconciliation are intertwined and create the necessary conditions for peace and sustainable development to thrive. The project is built upon trust between citizens and communities and towards government and its structure.
196,091 people participated in awareness-raising activities on gender-based violence
1,020 community facilitators were trained to fight gender-based violence
508 people participated in advocacy activities supporting the adoption of a law against gender-based violence
3,755 victims of the armed conflict participated in a national survey
83 victims of the armed conflict were represented by lawyers
28 peace committees (431 women and 1805 men), responsible for reconciliation initiatives, have been formed