This study describes a project that tested the feasibility and effectiveness of replicating the village empowerment program (VEP) developed by the Senegalese NGO, TOSTAN, in Burkina Faso. Although originally developed for empowering women, the program implemented in Burkina Faso also involved men because of their key role in such decisions. Frontiers in Reproductive Health, with funding from USAID and the GTZ Supra Regional Project for the Elimination of FGC, supported the adaptation, implementation, and evaluation of the VEP model in 23 villages in the province of Bazega/Zoundwéogo. In the existing social climate among the Burkinabé, where there is widespread awareness of the law forbidding FGC, the education program has contributed to strengthening the existing measures and to a significant improvement in the level of awareness of human rights and reproductive health.
Ouoba, Djingri, Zakari Congo, Nafissatou J. Diop, Molly Melching, Baya Banza, Georges Guiella, and Inge Baumgarten. 2004. "Experience from a community-based education program in Burkina Faso: The Tostan program," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
A Research Agenda to End Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in a Generation; Frontiers in Reproductive Health
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