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Women: Economic Empowerment — Motion to Take Note (5 March 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

The Bishop of Derby: ...those businesses. That is producing income that is now being diversified into other sectors such as clothing manufacture, and it is women who have the drive and commitment to make that happen. In Mali, Christian Aid, with partners, has helped 4,000 women to gain access to land. As a result, vegetable production increased by 50%, with women leading and directing the businesses. So it is...

Estimates Day — [2nd Allotted Day] — Estimates 2014-15 — Department for Communities and Local Government: Ministry of Defence — Defence and Security Review (NATO) (2 March 2015)

Richard Benyon: ...like to be, but I believe we should be looking at that in the context of the Lancaster House agreement. I have learned profoundly to respect France’s defence forces. I have seen them operating in places like Mali. France has its own economic problems, but I feel there is the makings of a good strategy, as it has a footprint in certain parts of Africa and elsewhere which we should be...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Deployment (2 March 2015)

Mark Francois: ...usually through the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Over the past five years, UK military personnel have been deployed to four separate UN mandated peacekeeping missions: Cyprus (UNFICYP), Mali (MINUSMA), South Sudan (UNMISS) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). The number of military personnel who have deployed on the various UN operations is set out below: ...

Isil: European Council (23 February 2015)

David Cameron: ...facing not simply a set of countries with broken institutions and extremism, but an extremist Islamist movement that is occurring, obviously, in Syria and Iraq most strongly, but also in Libya, in Mali, and elsewhere. The fact that young girls can be radicalised on the internet in their bedrooms here in Britain and want to travel across the world to join it demonstrates the scale of the...

Isil: Topical Questions (23 February 2015)

Michael Fallon: ...as maritime patrol aircraft are concerned, of course we will look at that capability again in the new review, but we share capabilities with our NATO allies. We helped to lift French troops into Mali and, in return, we share other capabilities with NATO allies.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Mali (23 February 2015)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the human rights situation in Mali.

Royal Assent: Destruction of Historic Sites (Syria and Iraq) (12 February 2015)

David Lidington: ...have caused considerable damage, particularly to Aleppo, including air strikes, artillery and barrel bombs. As was the case with the Taliban in Afghanistan and the terrorists linked to al-Qaeda in Mali, we are dealing with an extremist group in Iraq that is seeking to impose iconoclasm on any evidence of religious practice that does not conform to its extremely narrow and perverted...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Training (10 February 2015)

Lord Astor of Hever: At present the UK and the Irish Defence Force cooperate in a limted number of activities, including the UK's support to the EU training mission in Mali and the UK's efforts to counter Ebola in Sierra Leone. However, the Memorandum of Understanding signed by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence and his Irish counterpart on 19 January 2015 contains provisions for greater...

Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Foreign Affairs Council (29 January 2015)

David Lidington: ...of the EU strategy against proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, covering activities in the second semester of 2014; The Council agreed to launch the EU common security and defence policy mission in Mali (EUCAP Sahel Mali) on 15 January 2015. It also allocated a budget of €11.4 million for the mission in the period until 14 January 2016; The Council decided to appeal...

Developing World: Maternal and Neonatal Mortality — Question for Short Debate (15 January 2015)

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger: ...of access to education and reproductive rights and health. In some countries, girls commonly have to leave school due to pregnancy or for early marriage—that is, if they have attended school at all. I recently visited Mali, which has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world. Half of the girls there will be married before they are 18. In addition to greater vulnerability...

Global Development Goals — Motion to Take Note (11 December 2014)

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger: ...15. The reality of this usually means that their education is finished and their prospects curtailed; many are condemned to a life of domestic servitude. Still, every day globally, around 800 women die in childbirth. This was brought home to me when I visited Mali last week. Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world; it has a very high illiteracy rate and many women are married off...

Soft Power and Conflict Prevention — Motion to Take Note (5 December 2014)

Lord Boateng: ...of hard power. When I think of the chaos and suffering caused in the southern Sahel region of Africa by the application of hard power in Libya—a direct result of which has been the destabilisation of large parts of Mali and the fanning of the flames of dissent in so many countries bordering the Sahel—I think of the readiness with which money was found for it, and of the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: EU Common Foreign and Security Policy (1 December 2014)

Mark Francois: ...enduring basis, individual personnel or units will rotate through the post, usually on a six month rotation. The number of individuals who have supported operations will therefore be higher. EUTM Somalia This mission started in 2010. Since then the number of UK personnel allocated to it has varied between two and three. It will increase to four in early 2015 and reduce again to three in...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Mali (17 November 2014)

Lord Chidgey: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that development initiatives in Mali are conflict sensitive, inclusive and politically accountable.

Ebola — Question for Short Debate (6 November 2014)

Lord Patel: ...but for Sierra Leone we will probably need 4,800 beds. Currently they have 236. Secondly, we need treatments such as vaccines or drugs. Vaccines are in development; the first is being trialled in Mali and two more—one developed in Canada and another in the US—will start trials soon, but it will be months before we know whether they are effective. There are drugs in development,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Mali (6 November 2014)

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) HM service personnel and (b) civilians have been seconded by the UK Government to (a) MINUSMA and (b) the EU Training Mission in Mali; and how many such personnel speak both English and French.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Burkina Faso (6 November 2014)

Baroness Anelay of St Johns: Since being appointed in October 2012, the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for the Sahel has devoted much of his time to helping to resolve the crisis in Mali. He has visited most countries in the North and West Africa region, but has not yet visited Burkina Faso in his current role. The then Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for International Development, the...

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