Plan International Mali is committed to ensuring that all children are protected from all forms of violence and exploitation. This is particularly pertinent at the moment, since many children are still facing the consequences of the 2012 crisis. According to OCHA’s November 2013 report, of the total displaced population, 51% were children, with impacts including psychological distress in children, the recruitment of children by armed groups and an increase in physical violence, abuse, trafficking, exploitation and rape against children.
We focus on the protection of children in humanitarian crisis, and have seen good results in birth registration figures, and in the number of communities abandoning FGM practices. We have partnered with village chiefs and local mayors to run a widespread campaign against female genital mutilation, and as a result 45 village chiefs and 18 mayors publically signed a commitment to abandon the practice in their areas. Other activities include enabling migrant girls to access literacy sessions and catch up classes, and community sessions on reproductive health and HIV Aids, safety in schools and child protection.