In Senegal, elements of the Tostan education program were fundamental to the ending of the practice of female genital cutting (FGC) which has persisted for centuries, despite outside efforts to abolish such a dangerous and harmful operation. This paper is an attempt by those who lived through these events to share the experience with others. At a time when there has been little reduction in the numbers of women ending FGC in 28 African countries, when different programs and strategies have rarely succeeded in making an impact on the number of women still practicing FGC despite laws abolishing the tradition, the Tostan experience represents a breakthrough. The report’s authors hope that an understanding of the process described in this document will contribute to elaborating better and more positive strategies and actions for the future.
"The Tostan story: Breakthrough in Senegal ending female genital cutting," FRONTIERS Report. Cairo: Population Council, 2000.
A Research Agenda to End Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in a Generation; Frontiers in Reproductive Health
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