Sierra Leone’s Female Reproductive Health Program/FGM Program ($10.00 USD/workshop of 20 women)

Female genital mutilation (FGM), or the removal of female body parts such as the labia majora, labia minora, and clitoris is a common practice in Sierra Leone: approximately 94% of women age 15 and older have undergone this procedure. The roots of this tribal practice (one exception: the Krio tribe) dig deeply into the foundation of Sierra Leonean society; it isn’t something that can be eradicated overnight, and certainly must be dealt with in terms of cultural sensitivity, as speaking about FGM in rural villages is considered taboo.

SSAAP has discovered that through Female Reproductive Health workshops in which discussions ensue about honoring our bodies, cleansing ourselves (ideally with soap), not using our bodies as a way to get money as then we are hurting our own spirit, and how to maintain proper female reproductive health among secondary school children has significantly affected many girls’ decisions on whether they wish to be “cut” or not. SSAAP has discovered that by using an educational slant to the issue—rather than a culturally-biased Western approach—the young women are more open, flexible and adaptable to these newly-introduced concepts.

Each meeting concerning Female Reproductive Health provides lunch for its attendees. Lunch costs for a group of 20 participants per workshop is $10.00 USD. Additionally, the We’Moon of Wolf Creek, Oregon, USA has partnered with SSAAP in this female empowerment initiative. In-kind donations of notebooks, pens and pencils are always appreciated also.


 

 

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