Mali

: Law No. 2011 – 087 of December 30, 2011 Relating to the Code of Persons and Family

Law Explanation: 

Articles 307, 316, 319, 366 and 373 of Mali’s Law No. 2011-087 Relating to the Code of Persons and Family allow polygamy; mandate wife obedience; establish the man as head of the household and give him by law the sole right to determine the family residence; and prohibit women, but not men, from remarrying for at least three months after the dissolution of a marriage by divorce or death.

Article 307. Marriage may be contracted:
- Either under monogamy, in which case a husband cannot contract a second marriage before the dissolution of the first. However, a man who has opted for a monogamous marriage shall have the right to revise his option with the express consent of his wife.
- Or under polygamy, in which case it is necessary that the wife consents and a man shall not be married simultaneously to more than four wives.

Notes: 

Article 2 of the Constitution of Mali: All Malians are born and live free and equal in their rights and duties. Any discrimination based on social origin, color, language, race, sex, religion, or political opinion is prohibited.

Contact Information: 

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta
Presidence
BP 1463, Koulouba
Bamako
MALI
Tel: +223 20 70 20 00
Fax: +1 212 472 3778 (Mission to the UN in New York)
Email: malionu@aol.com (Mission to the UN in New York)
Twitter: @PresidenceMali
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Présidence-de-la-République-du-Mali/563531873666309

Mali: Renewed Call for a Law Against Female Genital Mutilation

Update: 
UPDATE
Date: 
2008 Jul 1

Fanta CamaraFanta Camara was 5 years old when she was subjected to genital mutilation. In the course of the cutting her urethra was severely damaged, as a consequence of which she became incontinent. She had to drop out of school as other students, who could not bear the smell of her incontinence, made fun of her. In the village she spent her time washing her clothes, which were repeatedly soiled by the ceaseless flow of urine.

What You Can Do: 

Please write to the Malian authorities and urge them to support the introduction and passage of a law against FGM as a matter of urgent priority. Mention the harmful effects of FGM and remind them of Mali’s obligations under international law, particularly the newly-ratified Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa, as well as its own Constitution, to eradicate FGM and to end discrimination against women and girls. Urge them also to take measures and support efforts to educate practicing communities on the harmful effects of FGM. Letters should be addressed to:

H.E. Amadou Toumany Touré
President
BP 1463, Koulouba
Bamako, MALI
Fax: +223 2-22-46-94

H.E. Maharafa Traoré
Minister of Justice
BP 97, Quartier du fleuve
Bamako, MALI
Fax: +223 2-23-00-63

H.E. Mme Maiga Sina Damba
Minister for the Promotion of Women, Children and the Family
BP 2688, Hamdalaye ACI 2000
Rue de l'Obelisque Porte 99
Bamako, MALI
Fax: +223 2-22-75-24

Women's Action 25.1: July 2004

Mali: Calling for a Law Against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Update: 
Not an update
Date: 
2004 Jul 1

Fanta CamaraFanta Camara was 5 years old when she was genitally mutilated. In the course of the mutilation her urethra was damaged as a consequence of which she became incontinent. She is now 12 years old but does not look her age. According to her doctor her growth has been retarded by repeated infections of her genitals. She has had to drop out of school as her fellow pupils, who could not bear the smell of her incontinence, made fun of her.

What You Can Do: 

Please write to the Malian authorities and urge them to support the introduction and passage of a law against FGM as a matter of urgent priority. Mention the harmful effects of FGM and remind them of Mali’s obligations under international law, as well as its own Constitution, to eradicate FGM and to end discrimination against women and girls. Urge them also to take measures and support efforts to educate practicing communities on the harmful effects of FGM. Letters should be addressed to:

H.E. Amadou Toumany Touré
President
BP 1463, Koulouba
Bamako, MALI

H.E. Maharafa Traoré
Minister of Justice
BP 97, Quartier du fleuve
Bamako, MALI

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