L'Association pour le Progres et la Defense des Droits des Femmes (APDF)
|Type:||NGO working on Crime|
|Address:||C/O Coalition against trafficking in women (CATW) Immeuble Djire
Hamdalaye ACI 2000 av
BPE 787 Bamako, Mali
||APDF is short for “Association for the progress and defence of women’s rights”, in French « association pour le progrès et la défense des droits des femmes «. The association was founded and registered in April 1991, right at the beginning of democratisation in Mali. Ms. Fatoumata Siré Diakité, a well known feminist today all over Mali, is the founder of APDF. APDF is the largest national women’s NGO working on the issue of women and girls in Mali. It has observer and consultative status with the United Nations and with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The association is represented all over the country at grassroots and national level.
Since 1994, APDF has been running a legal Counselling and Orientation Centre for women/girls who are victims of violence. It is at the front line concerning the issue of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
APDF’s objectives are:
Promote, protect and defend women’s rights
Fight all kinds of violence against women/girls
Combat all forms of discrimination against women
Fight outdated and harmful traditional practices done to women/girls, especially FGM
Inform, train and educate women about their rights
Encourage women to become aware of their role and place in society and to take part in the socio economic development process of the country
Fight for an effective integration and representation of women on the decision making level (political, economical, social)
Valorise the role of Malian women and their economic contribution in the household and for the country
Support women’s micro business with small scale credits
Monitor the government’s correct application of laws and legal texts favouring the equality of men and women. Monitor the government’s application of international engagements concerning women’s/girls rights.