The practice of female genital cutting (FGC) has impacted an estimated 140 million girls and women worldwide, and it continues to affect at least three million girls annually in Africa. FGC carries many immediate and long-term health risks and is recognized internationally as a clear violation of human rights. By having a daughter cut, the family ensures that she will be a desirable marriage prospect, and uncut girls face social stigma.
The NGO Tostan has been working within communities to change the practice of FGC. They asked me to make a film for donors to explain the dangers and talk about the work that the village leader Demba Diawarra has done to change Senegalese communities, and get them to voluntarily renounce the practice of FGC.