In this article by Mia Holmgren--originally posted in Swedish in Dagens Nyheter--Mareme Bamba and Fatou Coulibaly of Soudiane, Senegal mutually disavowed female genital cutting and child marriage. Their lives took a new turn after Tostan's three-year education program focusing on human rights. Since then, the village is equal, everyone’s opinion matters.
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The Gambia recently passed a national law banning FGC; their neighbors in Senegal have had a similar law in place since 1999. With the intent of learning from the Senegalese experience with female genital cutting (FGC) and the law, as well as with grassroots strategies to reinforce the abandonment movement, UNFPA and UNICEF Gambia organized a study tour from April 27 to May 4 with their Senegalese partners across the government and NGO community.
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