Created on the 8th March 1990, the CADEF (Action Committee for the Rights of Children and Women), is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) ensuring that national and international legal instruments for the rights of children and women in Mali are correctly applied. The objectives of CADEF are: - to attein and follow up the application of women’s legal rights as mothers, workers, and citizens; - to defend the rights of all children to life, well-being, information and education; - to help obtain the full and complete integration of women in the development of Mali, by increasing their productivity and revenue, by continuing their education and by improving their health. In order to achieve this, CADEF has been working since its creation at information, awareness and education activities. Its target groups are: women, young people, health and social workers and the staff of the National Education system. Thus CADEF organised into six communes of Bamako: - talks and debates with women’s groups in the different neighbourhoods of Bamako, and then of Kayes; - conference-debates in Bamako’s high schools and elementary schools; - seminars and training sessions for professionals in National Education, the Health Service and Social Security. CADEF worked as a lobby during the Mali National Conference so that women’s preoccupations could be taken into account by this big national and historic forum of the revolution of January-March 1991. Our group exerted pressure on the government in 1990-1991-1992 to make it suppress certain discriminatory aspects in the law concerning women and children. CADEF supported numerous new women’s organisations to get them on their feet to fight together for women’s rights. CADEF unleashed a process of research-action on the subject of sexual mutilations of women. Our group supports oppressed women around the world. Despite being considered too theoretic and ambitious at the start, CADEF has recorded satisfying results ever since its creation: - in the political field-support for the active participation of women in the democratic process; - in the economic field-the repeal of discriminatory provisions towards women (taxes and business); - in the social field-making women of different social levels aware of their human rights. CADEF’s civic and democratic education programme fits in perfectly with the alternative legal practices carried out in Mali. These activities are gradually spreading all over the country. As these activities have expanded, the training of paralegals and the creation of a databank have become essential.