The conflict in the Central Sahel region, one of the world’s fastest-growing emergencies, has created a protection crisis for women and girls. Escalating violence and displacement have heightened the risk of gender-based violence and harmful practices and disrupted access to basic services, including sexual and reproductive health care. Climate shocks, particularly droughts and floods, exacerbate vulnerabilities. Millions of people are struggling to access food, water, healthcare, education and protection. UNFPA leads the gender-based violence sub-cluster in Mali and provides life-saving sexual and reproductive health services to women and young people.