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The report launch in Bamako, Mali.
The report launch in Bamako, Mali.

We welcome you to this public seminar at the Peace Research Institute Oslo launching the PRIO Paper on Women's Participation in Peace and Reconciliation Processes in Mali.

The report was commissioned by the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) and has been published by PRIO in collaboration with Malian partners.

The report presents findings from a study about the participation of women in peace and reconciliation processes currently underway in Mali. The findings are based primarily on focus group discussions with men and women carried out in Segou and Mopti in central Mali, and Tombouctou in northern Mali, in December 2018.

The objective of these discussions was to identify concrete factors that contribute to and/or hamper the possibilities for women's meaningful participation in peace and reconciliation processes in Mali. The findings highlight the need to consider both the specifics of the peace and reconciliation processes taking place in Mali and the more fundamental conditions related to gender inequality in the country.

An important finding is that women play crucial roles in local conflict resolution and management, but they are almost absent in the mechanisms for the implementation of the peace agreement. It is therefore crucial that structures are established to make sure that the concerns and expertise of women at the local level is represented and informs discussions at the national level.

Read the report here.


  • Welcome, Torunn L. Tryggestad, Deputy Director of PRIO, and Director of the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security
  • Presentation of the report: Jenny Lorentzen, PRIO Doctoral Researcher
  • Riborg Knudsen, Senior Advisor, Department of International Programmes, Norwegian Church Aid (Former Country Director NCA Mali 2013-2018).
  • Rigmor Elianne Koti, Deputy Director, Section for the Horn of Africa and West Africa, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Questions from the audience.