The Women of Mali Engage for Peace
an article by Mali Actualités
The Network for Peace and Security of Women of
ECOWAS / Mali in partnership with the Gender Unit
of MINUSMA and UN Women has launched this morning
[August 15], through the urban district of Bamako,
a popular mobilization called'' Caravan of peace,
social cohesion and national stability.''
Abdelkader Sidibé, Mayor of Commune III, receiving the women of the Network - ©Photo : Mahamadou Coulibaly/MINUSMA
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Composed of members of the city network and
leaders of Malian civil society organizations with
similar objectives, the caravan traveled through
ten neighborhoods. It stopped in markets and
public squares with messages of peace, non-
violence and social cohesion in communities. The
messages conveyed insisted that the protection of
national sovereignty, territorial integrity and
unity of the country must be carried out in peace.
The caravan ended at the Labour Exchange in a
meeting chaired by the mayors of Commons III and
IV of the District of Bamako. According to these
local officials, women pay the highest price when
peace and social cohesion are lacking. They
expressed their wish to see the women persevere in
their effort to raise awareness of the Malian
people to the culture of peace and tolerance.
The caravan is part of the implementation of the
action plan of the Network for Peace and Security
for Women in the ECOWAS area. Before the end of
the month the network plans to hold similar
caravans in each region in order to support the
peace process in Mali.
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