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March 4, 2013


What a powerful experience to hear from a survivor of female genital mutilation. It was so overwhelming it is almost impossible to describe. Chiku Ali is beyond remarkable. Please learn about her. She is from a small village in Tanzania, of the Nyaturus people. She gave a powerful, forceful and passionate talk about the history of FGM in Tanzania. It was banned in 1969 (or there about) with a newly independent government from Britian, but her village refused to change because of such strong traditions, lack of education, poverty, lack of water that caused disease – it is a complex topic, but she explained it well.

Some girls are cut multiple times, 3 or 4 or more because adults believe that the cutting cures some diseases. Many die from loss of blood.

She herself was “cut”. She discovered when she was sent to boarding school that not all girls were cut and that it is not a good thing to do. It was a difficult transition for her to realize, and she now speaks out about it and educates women and girls and men that it is harmful and violence against women and girls.

These women are so inspirational – they are courageous, intelligent, and filled with passion to save others and to change minds through awareness.


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