Souadou diabaté Koné
Fellow Since 2002
AMPJF - Association Malienne pour la Promotion de la Jeune f
This profile was prepared when Souadou diabaté Koné was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
The needs of adolescent girls in Mali are not being addressed through existing social programs, which tend to focus on women and children. Through her organization, the Malian Association for the Promotion of Young Girls and Women, Souadou encourages the formation of local girls groups to help young women escape social isolation and to give them a voice in their communities. The groups become support networks for their members and entry points into Souadou's organization. The youth work together on income generation projects that provide a sense of responsibility and help illustrate their potential as a group. The organization conducts trainings on various topics and helps to organize informal discussions on themes of concern to the young women, like reproductive health. Souadou is also partnering with another organization to pilot a similar program for boys, which helps them to build confidence, develop a sense of responsibility, and work toward changing the gender perspectives and behavior of these future husbands and fathers.