Difficulties in working with traditional cutters

Members shared the difficulties they have encountered when working with the persons who practice FGM and engaging them in the work against the practice. The first difficulty that they stressed is the actual identification of the cutters. In fact, FGM-practitioners have different identifies and are perceived in a specific way in each community where FGM is practiced. In some communities, such as in Sierra Leone, it is easy to identify them, they may even be called by a specific name:

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Conversion of cutters is not a “stand-alone strategy”

During the discussion, there seemed to be general consensus within the CoP FGM that the conversion of excisors is not a strategy that would work in isolation, but instead would be effective if part of more holistic community approaches. Members stressed that FGM is a multi-faced societal problem that needs a multi-facet approach, with programmes that reach everyone in the society. They stressed the importance of considering the complex power structures that lie behind the practice. When conversion of cutters into alternative professions is included in this global approach, it needs close monitoring and follow-up to be sure that it is effective.

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Campaign CoP Voices against FGM

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On the International Day of the Girl, we are proud to launch the Campaign “CoP Voices against FGM” on social media. The campaign aims to garner the experiences of our diverse members who are contributing to anti-Female Genital Mutilation policy and programming in their communities and respective fields.

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Interview Charlemagne ENG

We had the pleasure to meet with Dr Ouédraogo when he was in Brussels for our Webinar on Multidisciplinary support to women affected by FGM. We spoke about clitoral reconstruction, the use of new technologies, women’s sexuality and the need for holistic care for women affected by FGM…

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Interview Moussé Fall ENG

Moussé Fall is an Imam working in Senegal and the coordinator of the national Network Islam and Population. This video interview was done in May 2019 as a part of the thematic discussion on Religion and FGM.

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“Removal of sothieutes” in Senegal

We had the opportunity to meet Fatou Kebe, member of the Community of Practice since 2017, when she came in Brussels for an international expert meeting on management and prevention of female genital mutilation/cutting, organized by three francophone universities.

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