Female genital mutilation is commonly practiced in certain regions, particularly the northern regions. This within several ethnic groups, religions and all socio-professional backgrounds. Female Genital Mutilation is a gross and manifest violation of human rights. The consequences are violent and numerous: abundant bleeding, incredible suffering, state of violent shock, risk of incontinence and death. In the long term, the consequences are also catastrophic: menstrual and vaginal problems, increased risks of serious birth complications and psychological distress.

An exception at the time, since within certain communities, as is the case in several African countries, this crime against the integrity of the human person is perceived as a social norm, so that those who opposing them risked a lot: Pressures, stigmatizations, threats, criticisms and exclusions.

If the practice tends to decrease at the international level, a survey carried out by the Network of Women Leaders for Development, reveals a continuity of the rate of prevalence of Female Genital Mutilations in the countries of West Africa.

For an effective fight and a long-term impact, the Network of Women Leaders for Development (RFLD) has adopted the techniques of inclusive and participatory community approaches that promote national and international dialogue, listening, intergenerational dialogue and alternative initiation rites without female genital mutilation.

Thus committing itself to the category of great women's rights activists in West Africa, the Network of Women Leaders for Development sensitized the populations very early on, which sensitization was supported by ACHDRS and CIDH AFRICA.

To fight against female genital mutilation, the Network of Women Leaders for Development believes that the support of religious leaders, the education of men and women, the active participation of traditional practitioners and the practice of mock excisions will save young girls and women while gently evacuating this practice.

For the Network of Women Leaders for Development, the fight against female genital mutilation also involves the mobilization of men and women for the development of alternative solutions.

The RFLD works closely with community leaders, civil society leaders, children and young people to raise awareness, transform their behavior in order to end this practice. He also works with the authorities by making pleas to draw their attention to the horrors of this phenomenon.

  • Advocacy at local and national level
  • Education and awareness
  • Initiation of workshops dedicated to "girls' and women's rights" to help.

For the RFLD, it is important that the promotion of the abandonment of FGM be the subject of concerted action and exercised at different levels from the local to the national level and then globally. And for this, actions must be adapted to cultural sensitivities and local contexts.