Mali Country Director
Empowering girls to excel at school and beyond is key to community social and economic development. Girls are often unable to attend school regularly due to a lack of easily available menstruation products and/or private bathrooms, putting them at a disadvantage when it comes to their education. Additionally, a lack of age-appropriate comprehensive life skills education leaves girls vulnerable to unintended pregnancy and gender-based violence.
The Mali Girls Leadership and Empowerment through Education (GLEE) Activity aims to empower girls to become their own health advocates, bring more nurses to schools on a consistent basis, and improve school sanitation facilities by making them functional and responsive to gender and adolescent barriers. This initiave will work to increase adolescent girls' knowledge of and access to health services so they can adopt positive health behaviors. Through water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) initiatives, the project will reduce health barriers to education.