The Futa in West Africa are saying “NO” to FGM – Harouna seeks to find why
The Futa are groups of West Africans located in Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, and Senegal. Predominantly Muslim, they are mostly descendants of Fulani herdsmen and maintain identical cultural practices.
The practice of Female Genital Mutilation or FGM, which is the partial or complete removal of a female’s genitalia or clitoris (also known as circumcision or cutting) is traditionally handed down through generations. Guinea for example, is one of the countries where FGM is most prevalent – 97% of women and girls aged 15 to 49 are reported to have undergone FGM.
Due to a rise in awareness of the dangers of FGM and increasing sensitization campaigns by various groups, the UN is reporting that a larger number of the population (women especially) in some regions where the practice is common are in favor of ending it.