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Mali: Results 5 Months After a Training on Human Rights and Good Governance

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By Murielle Gemis and Mariam Traoré – May 11, 2024

63 young activists, aged 18 to 25, 28 women and 35 men, gathered for a training session on Human Rights and good governance from December in honor of the anniversary of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

An educational initiative, focused on Human Rights and good governance, took place from December 11th to 13th, 2023, at the AZALAI Grand Hôtel in Bamako, commemorating the anniversary of the 1948 Human Rights Charter. Organized for 63 participants aged 18 to 25, this three-day training session saw the presence of several key figures.

The results of this training, presented on Wednesday, May 1st, to Ms. Galatée Fouquet, Head of Cooperation at the Embassy of Luxembourg, highlight a deep understanding of the subject matter and increased involvement in various organizations, demonstrating these young people’s willingness to apply this knowledge in their daily lives and communities.

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Reflection on the Training: Gathering for Change

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Among the partners and educational leaders of this event, Mr. Kabine DOUMBIA, president of the NGO ASRAD Mali, and Ms. Marie Anne MARX, representative of the Embassy of Luxembourg, played a key role as supporters and facilitators of this initiative. The training sessions were conducted by experts, including Ms. Murielle GEMIS, assistant professor in education sciences in Belgium, and Dr. Souleymane SACKO, university professor in Mali, specializing in International Strategy. Additionally, in this context, tools provided by the humanitarian partner Youth for Human Rights International were graciously utilized. Furthermore, several political figures supported this educational initiative focused on Human Rights and good governance by participating in its inaugural sessions.

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Mr. Hamidou Dao, magistrate representing the Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Keeper of the Seals,
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Mrs. Aw Kadiatou, Chief of Staff of the Minister of Youth and Sports in charge of civic education and citizen building

This three-day session was structured around specific modules. These modules covered various aspects ranging from the dynamics of human rights (LRH), clarifying the terms and principles of Human Rights, to analyzing governance systems and the challenges to overcome. Participants were encouraged to share their experiences, enriching the discussions and strengthening their commitment to these essential causes. Interactive sessions were complemented by practical exercises, including simulations and role-playing games, enabling participants to develop their advocacy and rights defense skills. Additionally, tools and resources were shared to facilitate the integration of Human Rights principles into their daily actions.

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Mrs. Murielle GEMIS and Dr. Souleiman SACKO, a Belgian-Malian alliance.

Participants Perspectives and Future Challenges

To assess the achievement of the set objectives, a follow-up survey was conducted. It revealed a deep understanding of the knowledge acquired and an increased involvement in various organizations such as “Secretary for the Relations of Graduated Disabled Collective” or “Advisor to the Secretary-General of the UNESCO Club of the IUG.” As another example, some participants testified to the impact of the training on their personal and professional behavior. One of them stated, “Initially, I applied this acquired knowledge through my own behavior conscientiously. It gave me the idea to always think before acting with the utmost respect for human rights so as not to penalize others.” Furthermore, some participants took concrete initiatives to raise awareness in their community. For instance, one mentioned, “I launched a digital campaign to raise awareness about respect for human rights.” Another mentioned speaking up for more vulnerable audiences: “Through advocacy with authorities. Participation in TV and radio programs, notably TV JOLIBA, to address issues facing disabled individuals in Mali.” These various testimonies highlight the positive impact of the training on the participants and their willingness to apply the knowledge acquired in their daily lives and community involvement. They also reflect the participants’ expressed need for additional support, particularly in terms of supplementary training and financial resources. “We must redouble efforts in the fields of education and social welfare, without forgetting financial resources, in order to expand training opportunities and clubs to advocate for human rights and good governance.” This underscores the ongoing importance of this educational initiative in enhancing citizens’ capacity for action in the realm of human rights and good governance.

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Dynamic engagement during the advocacy exercise throughout the training

Conclusion: Towards an Engaged Citizenship

The conclusion of this survey highlights the significant impact of a training on human rights and good governance on civic engagement. The results indicate a notable increase in participants involvement in organizations after the training, particularly in key positions related to the protection of human rights. This reflects a heightened sense of responsibility in promoting and defending human rights within society. Additionally, participants’ responses reveal a deep understanding of human rights and good governance concepts, as well as the ability to apply them in various contexts of their daily lives and community engagement. This knowledge appropriation translates into concrete actions of awareness-raising, education, and advocacy, demonstrating a genuine desire to contribute to social and political change towards a fairer and more respectful society. Furthermore, the expressed needs of participants for additional support underscore the importance of continuing to provide training opportunities and material and financial resources to enhance their capacity for action in the field of human rights and good governance. These conclusions highlight the crucial role of training in empowering citizens and promoting an active and engaged citizenship within society.

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Because Human Rights are for us, for you, for me!

Therefore, this report bears witness to the positive impact of this training on the participants, 63 young individuals from various regions of Mali. By strengthening their knowledge and skills, this educational initiative contributes to shaping a new generation that is committed and responsible towards humanity and its differences, with a focus on peace and readiness to strive for a world where human rights are respected and protected.

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