HRC Summary - Mali

Three points of the summary are about education (19, 20, 21)

19. According to FIDH, the illiteracy rate is as high as 70 per cent.26 FIDH also noted that while inequality in education has been substantially reduced thanks to government measures, it is still very high, especially in rural areas. It appears that there are fewer girls and young women than men in schools and universities, because families consider that male children constitute a “better investment”.

20. FIDH mentioned that the CEDAW Committee has expressed concern at the situation, recalling that education is vital for the promotion of women. According to FIDH, the Committee has urged the Malian Government to make public opinion more aware of the importance of public education and has asked it to take steps to change the traditional attitudes that hinder progress in this respect. Lastly it has called on the Government to take the necessary measures to increase the proportion of girls admitted to school.

21. FIDH recommended that the Malian authorities prepare and implement a real strategy in favour of girls’ schooling, especially in rural areas, and that they reform the school guidance system in order to improve girls’ access to general higher education.

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