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Monday, March 15, 2010

Marietou Diarra Talks About Losing Daughter to Female Genital Cutting

March 13, 2010
By Women in the World

Marietou Diarra, a Senegalese woman, closed the panel with a powerful story of what her society calls "the tradition." She spoke in her native language of Wolof, translated by Melching. After a string of tragedies, Diarra's family and in-laws banded together to reject the procedure. Her entire village followed suit. She eventually helped to convince over 40 neighboring villages—through education and community deliberation—to abandon genital cutting.