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Non-Formal Education Helps Senegalese Women Combat FGM and Harmful Practices

Non-Formal Education Helps Senegalese Women Combat FGM and Harmful Practices

Growing up in Senegal’s southern Casamance region — a conflict zone — Fatou Ndiaye, now 43, often heard gunfire and watched fearfully as she saw people flee their villages. But what she dreaded more than a flying bullet was Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). In her Wolof community, village grandmothers or professional circumcisers cut off the […]

Ending FGM In Mali: “The fight Is Hard But noble”

Ending FGM In Mali: “The fight Is Hard But noble”

“You were born yesterday, and you are the one who wants to talk to us about female genital mutilation? This is what parents say when we try to talk to them about it,” says 25-year-old Coulibaly who is youth activist working with Plan International to end the practice of FGM in his community in Mali. […]

Sebei Sub-Region Of Uganda Trains Groups To Fight FGM Practice

Sebei Sub-Region Of Uganda Trains Groups To Fight FGM Practice

Community grass-roots groups have been trained in Sebei Sub-region as part of efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The groups, which are composed of 40 members each, were commissioned at the weekend in Kapchorwa Town. They were identified and trained by Uganda Human Rights Commissions (UHRC) to support the ongoing efforts to achieve zero tolerance […]

Village By Village, The Quest To Stop Female Genital Cutting In Somaliland

Village By Village, The Quest To Stop Female Genital Cutting In Somaliland

When Mumtas Khadar turned nine she couldn’t wait for the ritual undertaken by every woman in her village in Somaliland in northeast Africa that she believed would make her more beautiful. But the traditional practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) left her in agony, bedridden for a week then with painful periods every month and […]

The Fight To Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation Must Continue

The Fight To Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation Must Continue

Female genital mutilation is many things: a violent act that causes infection, disease, childbirth complications and even death. A cruel practice that inflicts lasting emotional harm and preys on the most vulnerable, least powerful members of society – girls between infancy and age 15. A violation of human rights that both reflects and perpetuates the […]

Annie Lennox Calls For Solidarity To Help Most Vulnerable Women

Annie Lennox Calls For Solidarity To Help Most Vulnerable Women

The award winning singer-songwriter started advocacy group The Circle to help women living in poverty The challenges women face in the developing world, such as poor education and healthcare, child marriage and female genital mutilation may seem insurmountable, but change can come through solidarity from women in rich nations, said singer Annie Lennox. While the […]