"International Women's Day" is March 8th: a day to focus on the movement for women's rights. At Ouelessebougou Alliance, we strongly advocate for every girl and woman's right to education. Mali, like many third-world countries, typically discourage females from pursuing formal education. They are often shut out because of discrimination, poverty and culture.
The Alliance has been challenging these obstacles and outdated beliefs for over 25 years. Our partner villages value girls' and women's education and together, we work to help them reach their potential. This is accomplished through our Education Councils which consist of village leaders who educate the parents on the importance of formal education for their daughters. We also provide Days for Girls kits, which are sustainable feminine hygiene solutions, for students so they do not need to miss class during their menstruation. Our efforts don't end after they complete 6th grade. We partner with village middle and high schools to expand opportunities and offer Literacy Workshops for mothers. Because of this partnership, more girls and women are being empowered to learn and expand their education.
This gives students like Fanta more opportunities to reach their goals. Fanta is a 13 year old from the village of Tamala. Her favorite subject in school is French. She wants to be a doctor when she grows up and study abroad. She is an excellent student, the top of her class. Thanks to her village's commitment to her education, Fanta has a bright future.
Thank you for supporting students like Fanta. Because of your contributions, the Alliance can continue offering opportunities for education throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Iniche!
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