In continuation of the launch of the women’s forum in Asia, ICRISAT-Mali also launched a Women’s Forum to advocate women staff member’s issues and work for their personal and professional development.
At the first meet of the forum participants identified three priority topics of interest for women staff development: exchange visits and partnership building with women in other locations; trainings; and recreational activities. A five member committee was formed and assigned the task of further advancing the forum. The forum agreed to meet on a quarterly basis and bring out forum related articles and publications on a periodic basis or when needed.
Launching the forum, Ms Agathe Diama, Regional Information Officer and the focal point of the forum said, “The forum will work to foster linkages between women employees and serve as a platform for the realization of their plans. It is a platform for expression, capacity building and socializing.” She explained the objectives and missions of the forum towards a fulfilling work environment and developing pathways favorable to women.
The forum was launched on 29 March, attended by 21 participants wearing a similar dress pattern to symbolize their unity.