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APSEF - Association for the Promotion of the Right and the Wellbeing of Children and Families

APSEFLocation : Bamako

Creation : 2006

Local issues : According to the UN, 100 to 140 million women in the word have been victims of female mutilation. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), even though illegal in many countries, remains a widespread practice in Africa, particularly in Mali where 85 % of women are subjected to female mutilation. This practice – a terrible infringement of the fundamental rights of young girls and women, violates the absolute right to the dignity of the human body. The eradication of female genital mutilation can only be achieved through the implementation of a real political determination and through a progressive shift in the mentalities.

APSEFMissions : the APSEF aims to controbute to the promotion and defence of women and children’s rights in Mali and particularly to the fight agains female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage and traditional customs harmful to women. The APSEF has also set up ‘microcredits’ to allow women to carry out income generating activities.

Since 2008, the APSEF has set up a project to fight against female mutilation in the Segou region, first in the villages of the municipality of Koula, then, starting from 2011, in ten villages of the municipality of Siribala. The APSEF uses awareness methods rooted in the territory, targeting the villagers and the local, public and traditional authorities.

Important : Unlike programs often disconnected from the reality of local people and therefore ineffective, the APSEF has decided to act in a local and pragmatic way.

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Partnership with AEDH : Since 2008

AEDH Support : AEDH has participated in the financing of the project to fight against female mutilation carried out by APSEF in the villages of the municipality of Koula, then, starting from 2011, in those from the municipality of Siribala (near Segou in the Northeast of Bamako).

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