Fighting Female Genital Mutilation with social and economic emancipation



In parallel with the start-up of production and commercial activities, health education and literacy programs are being implemented, expressly requested by the women of the community. Particular attention to the fight against FGM as called for by the Burkinabé legislation. Female genital mutilation refers to all forms of partial and total removal of the female external genitalia, carried out for cultural or other therapeutic reasons. The term 'mutilation' was recommended by the WHO, to emphasize the irreversible damage to women's health. In Burkina Faso, the practice affects 77% of women in relation to ethnicity and not to religion


General objective

Improving the quality of life and resilience of Boussouma women.


Specific Objectives

Cultural, health and social emancipation.

Increase of skills and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Physical integrity of women.


Activities

Enhance local associations, in particular that of women by capitalizing on the skills and experiences of migrant women who will return to their villages of origin by starting entrepreneurial activities in the agri-food and cosmetic sectors for the production and processing of tomatoes and shea. Thanks to a strengthening of the associative structures, of the cultural, productive, entrepreneurial skills, for a real appropriation of the development process and protagonism of the people involved. In particular of women, who represent the most receptive part of the community to experience new opportunities for social and economic emancipation. Emancipation that cannot fail to pass through an appropriation of the self-determination of one's rights, in particular the right to physical integrity.


Beneficiaries

DIRECT

463 people directly involved in the promoted activities.

INDIRECT

2,315 people belonging to the families of the 463 direct beneficiaries described above 30,400 all the inhabitants of the district who benefit from the associated business activities supported by the project.


Actors

Association Femmes Actives de Boussouma,

In the female.ong and

SMOM

Sponsor




Need Analysis

Female Genital Mutilation, FGM, is not a pathology but the result of beliefs rooted in the individual and collective conscience which cannot be ignored for taking care of the health of women and girls already subjected to such tribal practices. The origin of these beliefs are lost in time even before the advent of the reference religions. They are acts of patriarchal 'parenting' aimed at the growth and social acceptance of their daughters and marriage mechanisms. Overcoming these practices cannot fail to lead to cultural, social and economic emancipation of the communities involved.


Expected results

Transformation of the association into an agri-food and cosmetic cooperative by 2019. Establishment of literacy and health education courses. Production and marketing of shea creams.


Project Attachments

GENITAL MUTILATIONS

FGM PROJECT AND ENTREPRENEURIAL ACTIVITIES


Local context

The right to health and to a conscious social life, on the part of women, cannot fail to pass through the removal of the reasons for poverty which are still the leading cause of illness and death in the world today. Gender emancipation, which passes through an appropriation of social and economic development mechanisms such as: literacy, health education and the growth of productive skills.

Continent

AFRICA

village

BURKINA FASO

Location

BOUSSOUMA - BOULGOU

Project start

2013

Duration

8 YEARS

Project status

ACTIVE

Project manager

SERENA OMODEO

Project Cost

€ 13,000

Contactserenaomodeo@smomonlus.org

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