Speaking out against FGM
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is recognised internationally as a violation of human rights. This harmful, traditional practice is strongly tied to gender inequality and often related to deeply held beliefs. In Mali, it affects 85 per cent of women and girls.
FGM doesn’t just violate the rights of women and girls – it can have hugely damaging effects on their physical, mental and psychological health. We are doing everything we can to eradicate the practice in Mali and around the world by raising awareness of the problems FGM causes and encouraging people to speak up and call for the end of FGM.
In Kadia’s community we helped change attitudes by showing videos, running public awareness sessions and making home visits to tell people about the dangers of FGM. As a result, many parents including Kadia’s, now want to see an end to this dangerous practice.
12-year-old Kadia tells us how important our work has been in her community:
"I hope to continue my studies and become a doctor.