March 15, 2010

Last Saturday evening, Tostan program participant and social change agent Marietou Diarra captivated the audience at a major conference in New York with an account of her personal experiences of female genital cutting (FGC) and her subsequent involvement in movement to abandon the practice in Senegal.

The Women in the World 3-day summit in NY, organized by The Daily Beast, was attended by hundreds of influential women leaders from around the globe including Hillary Clinton, US Ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues, Melanne Verveer, award-winning actress, Meryl Streep and Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan.

Marietou Diarra’s presentation, one of the most memorable moments of the 3-day summit according to Daily Beast reporters, was part of a panel led by ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer and translated on stage by Tostan Executive Director and Founder, Molly Melching.