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Story Publication logo December 29, 2015

Faces of the Anti-FGC Movement in Mali


Image by Kateri Donahoe. Mali, 2015.

Female genital cutting affects more than nine out of ten of women in Mali. Those working to end the...

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Virginie Moukoro, President of Association pour la Promotion des Droits et du Bien Être de la Femme, conducts a training to challenge gender roles and debunk stereotypes about men and women in Malian society to local leaders in Ouelessebougou. Image by Kateri Donahoe. Mali, 2015.

The fight against female genital cutting in Mali is multi-faceted—incorporating medical, socio-economic, and legal approaches to restoring women's agency and combating the practice. The passionate activists in the anti-FGC movement come from all walks of life and all have personal reasons for devoting their lives to this cause. One woman explains how FGC has profoundly impacted her life and why she chose to commit herself to this work.



Three women grouped together: an elderly woman smiling, a transwoman with her arms folded, and a woman holding her headscarf with a baby strapped to her back.


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