Muteshi-Strachan adds, “One of the most important takeaways from this research is the fact we have absolutely no data from
More and more women are speaking up about it. They're risking alienation from their families and religious communities in order to do so.
A radiant light escaped earth when a woman named Efua Dorkenoo, fighting cancer, took her last breath in her husband's arms on October 18, 2014.
The International Day of the Girl Child is on a par with the worthy treaties some world leaders sign and then fail to implement. 190 governments have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Children.
What many refer to as Female Genital Mutilation is what we in Sierra Leone refer to as Bondo. My views on Bondo always seemed expansive, yet in retrospect as I write this, I realize my real knowledge has been limited. This was made clear upon my return to Sierra Leone, my home country, in 2011.
A slushy London could not be further from an African village, but today is the day that the link is firmly made between the two, on behalf of the women and girls across the globe affected by female genital cutting.
Fatou is a driven woman. She was driven to rise to being one of the most recognized rappers in her homeland of Senegal, and now she is driven to stop the practice of female genital cutting.
It is clear that femail genital cutting is a social norm in Indonesia as much as in parts of West Africa, where social change programs have enabled communities to abandon the practice. But what is different is the lack of awareness that FGC is an issue.
Communities are changing, shifting, abandoning. The very people who have perpetuated the practice of female genital cutting for centuries are choosing to change.
This movement is an example of how lasting social change can occur through the leadership of informed grassroots activists: mothers and fathers, youth, and traditional and religious leaders.