This document is a summary of the process followed in implementing a community-based education program in Burkina Faso. The Population Council initiated a collaboration between two NGOs, Tostan in Senegal and Mwangaza Action in Burkina Faso, to replicate the program for improving women’s reproductive health and contributing to the end of female genital cutting (FGC). In Burkina Faso, the participants (men and women) held discussions to analyze the problems faced by their communities and to find appropriate solutions. Many positive changes occurred in the participating villages: the communities now promote reproductive health and human rights and work to improve public hygiene; stand up against violence toward women; have increased the utilization of health services, and improved their knowledge in general and changed their views on women’s roles in community development activities. At the end of the program, the 23 communities made a public declaration for the abandonment of the practice of FGC.
Diop, Nafissatou J., Edmond Bagde, Djingri Ouoba, and Molly Melching. 2003. "Renforcement des capacites villageoises: Comment 23 villages s'initient aux Droits Humains et abandonnent la pratique de l'excision au Burkina Faso." Dakar: Population Council.
A Research Agenda to End Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in a Generation
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