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Title:Social Policy from the Bottom Up: Abandoning FGC in Sub-Saharan Africa
Authors:Easton, Peter
Monkman, Karen
Miles, Rebecca
Periodical:Development in Practice
Geographic terms:Sudan
community development
female circumcision
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Health and Nutrition
Cultural Roles
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
Genital Circumcision/Cuttings/Surgeries
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0961452032000125839
Abstract:The authors analyse the experience of Tostan (Wolof for 'breakthrough'), a rural village empowerment NGO that originated in Senegal, with the abandonment of female genital cutting (FGC) in Senegal, Sudan, and Mali. The Tostan initiative got underway in the late 1980s as an attempt to devise nonformal education and literacy programming for rural Senegalese women grounded in their own perception of problems and based on their own learning styles. Tostan uses nonformal, participatory methodologies to support village-based social change, especially in the areas of human rights and women's health. Following Tostan's educational programme, some communities have declared a moratorium on the practice of FGC and have mobilized their families and villages to discontinue its use. This article describes the process used, considers issues that have arisen as the concept is marketed and disseminated beyond Senegal, and reviews implications for grassroots policy initiatives. Bibliogr., ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]