October 11 marks the “International Day of the Girl” as declared by the United Nations. The day commemorates the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995 which was considered a major milestone on the road to gender equality. It also seeks to highlight and address the challenges girls continue to face across the world, as well as promote women’s empowerment.
In a 2017 report by the World Economic Forum, Mali ranked 139 out of 144 countries on the Global Gender Gap Index, signifying a severe divide in opportunities and representation between men and women. At present, 89% of Malian girls still undergo female genital mutilation, a tradition that remains legal in the country, but which can have painful and complex side effects.
GAIA Vaccine Foundation is committed to the health, well-being and empowerment of girls and women in Mali. Since 2001, GAIA has worked closely with our partners in Mali to address health concerns that disproportionately affect girls including HPV, cervical cancer and HIV/AIDS transmission.
In 2018, GAIA and Hope Center Clinic….
- Held weekly “Teen Peer HIV-Education” programs which 1,225 girls attended.
- Supported 1,428 women to receive prenatal care for their babies.
- Tested over 250 girls and women free of charge for HIV.
Programs such as our “Teen Peer HIV-Education” program seek to educate and prevent HIV and infectious diseases. They seek to empower Malian teens, particularly girls.
With your generous support, GAIA will be able to work toward health and equality for girls and women in Mali. A donation of just $25 today goes directly to GAIA’s programming.