Radio Tamani Mali

Giving women a voice in the face of violence in Mali

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"All the women of Mali"  is a weekly program created in 2014 by Studio Tamani, one of Fondation Hirondelle's media outlets, to bear witness to the reality of the condition of women in Mali and give them a voice. Since its creation in mid-2013, Studio Tamani has been reporting daily on facts relating to violations of women's rights but also on initiatives by organizations that over time are changing traditional perceptions of women's place in society.
Today, Bernard Conchon, Media Manager of the Studio Tamani in Mali tells ...
 
On March 31, a 16-year-old girl committed suicide by throwing herself into a well in Mandiakui, in the Ségou region of central Mali. According to local sources she would have killed herself because her parents wanted to marry her off without her consent. Following this dramatic event, the parents were heard by the gendarmerie. The content of this information was published that day in the newspapers of Studio Tamani, the radio information programme created by the Foundation. Hirondelle in Mali, and broadcast by 60 partner radios across the country.
 
Woman listener in Bamako - Mali, Photo ©Studio Tamani 2014
 
Violence against women is reaching frightening levels in Mali. More than 70 % of women aged 20 to 24 were married before the age of 18. Some justify child marriage on the pretext that it is an accepted norm and that it has some social and financial benefits. But there are few, if any, benefits for young people. girls themselves, who find themselves at greater risk of domestic violence, who are more likely to be out of school, to contract HIV/AIDS and to have children before they're physiologically ready. In fact, for the more than 70,000 young people
married girls who die each year from pregnancy-related complications, or from At childbirth, early marriage will have been a death sentence. A Malian woman has a 1 in 15 chance of dying from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. childbirth. As for neonatal mortality rates, Mali ranks 7th in the world. with 54 deaths per 1,000 live births. Female genital cutting is another scourge of the Violence against girls According to official figures, 85% of women are victims of violence. are excised. Although a ministerial order prohibits the practice of excision in the
There is no law prohibiting it in Mali.
 
Since its creation in mid-2013, Studio Tamani has been reporting daily on facts relating to to women's rights violations, but also initiatives by organisations, which over the years have been of time are changing traditional perceptions of the place of women in the company. "All the Women of Mali", a weekly programme created in 2014, is a testimony to the reality of the condition of women in Mali and gives them a voice. A word that gives them is unfortunately still most often confiscated like this teenage Mandiakui abandoned to herself, in the face of her unspeakable suffering.
 
Bernard Conchon, Media Manager, Studio Tamani, Bamako
 

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Photo: A woman interviewed by Studio Tamani in Bamako.
Photo © Studio Tamani 2014

 

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