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Cissé Mariam Kaïdama Sidibé, Mali’s new prime minister, is the first woman to be appointed to this position in the country’s history.

Success story: Mali’s prime minister is a former Turin Centre participant

Following her experience as a local administrator Ms KaïdamaSidibé served in the Malian Government in several capacities during the 1990s. Since 2000, she has held the post of executive secretary of CILSS – the international committee fighting against desertification and poverty in the Sahel countries.

Malian press reactions to the appointment centred on Ms KaïdamaSidibé’s role as the first female prime minister and praised the Malian president for this appointment in a “still very conservative country, divided on the issue of gender and the vicissitudes of the family code”. This was a reference to the Family Law bill proposed in 2009, which would have promoted women's rights, but was withdrawn after vociferous protests by conservatives.

Ms Kaïdama Sidibé is married and the mother of four children. She is a member of several associations including the Network of Women Ministers and Parliamentarians of Mali, the Alliance against Hunger, and the Association for the Preservation of Timbuktu. She completed graduate studies at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration with a degree in civil administration.

Among her further qualifications is one in industrial relations resulting from her participation in an ITC-ILO training activity in 1984, when she was awarded a Turin Centre certificate. We are proud to count her among our former participants.

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