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Just a quarter of Malian girls complete secondary school. Aminata Sonogo is determined that an early pregnancy won't get in the way of her completing her education, despite the stigma she faces.
Mariame Doumbia is a midwife who, provides family planning and sexual health services to Malians in and around the capital. Funding for her role was cut for some time because of the Global Gag Rule – but she's back to doing what she loves most: helping young people.
23-year-old Fatoumata joined the Youth Action Movement in 2018. Since then, she's been involved in projects to help young people understand their sexual rights and health. Periods, teenage pregnancy, female genital mutilation (FGM) – no topic is off-limits for Fatoumata.
In 2017, the Association Malienne pour la Protection et la Promotion de la Famille (AMPPF), was hit hard by the reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule (GGR). The impact was swift and devastating – depleted budgets meant that AMPPF had to cut back on key staff and suspend education activities and community healthcare provision. The situation turned around with funding from the Canadian Government supporting the SheDecides project, filling the gap left by GGR. AMPPF has been able to employ staff ensuring their team can reach the most vulnerable clients who would otherwise be left without access to sexual healthcare and increase their outreach to youth.