Stop Excision!

Sini Sanuman is dedicated to stopping female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as excision, in Mali and world-wide.

We speak to individuals and groups in meetings that include discussion of the problems with FGM and different people's experiences and feelings. Often these meetings end with singing or playing anti-excision songs and dancing.

The songs and music videos we have produced to spread our message have been played widely in Mali and nine other countries in West Africa.

Our Pledge Against Excision, a promise never to have a girl excised, now has well over 60,000 signatures. 95% of those signing say that Mali should outlaw the practice. With our partner groups, we are working toward such a law.

Eleven villages have collectively abandoned the practice of excision, with our encouragement, celebrating their decisions with public ceremonies that we helped them organize.

Almost 150 former excisers have agreed to give up the practice. Many of them are helping spread the word.

We have a set of posters that were created in January 2011 that show well-known Malians with slogans against FGM. The posters appear sometimes one by one, sometimes as a group, depending on the space. They are also on billboards in 4 prominent locations around Bamako. See below and at right.

The message is: "The body of a girl is sacred. Leave girls whole!"

Sicco Billboard
Susan McLucas singing "Leave Her Alone" in Bambara in KoulikoroSusan McLucas, Director of Healthy Tomorrow, singing "Deni To A Cogola" (Leave Her Alone) by Rick Goldin in Bambara near Koulikoro Dancing at a meeting in TamalaKaniba Baguiya and Amadou Togo dancing with women of Tamala at a meeting about giving up FGM

 

Healthy Tomorrow is a US group based around Boston that supports the work of Sini Sanuman. We give talks, show videos, provide technical assistance and raise funds to help end excision in Mali.

Susan gave a presentation at the Ethical Society of Boston in October 2012. Here's her slide show and the discussion that followed. The video she showed can be seen here.

In March 2012, Susan McLucas and Wyoma did a presentation at the Community Church of Boston about the work of Sini Sanuman. To view the event click the following links:

Talk - Susan and Wyoma presenting work of Sini Sanuman
Dance- Wyoma’s comments and dance for Full Girl Maturation
Q&A- questions from audience at Community Church

Healthy Tomorrow organized a film screening and panel discussion at Harvard University on April 19 2011. Secret of the Dawn is a documentary about FGM and efforts to stop it, and includes opinions and activities of Sini Sanuman. Check out an article about the event from Examiner.com/Boston. Click here to view a flier for the event. For more information about Secret of the Dawn and other recommended films see our Links page.

At a summit on FGM and child marriage in London, the Obama administration recently announced it would conduct a major study into FGM to establish how many women are living with the consequences of FGM in the United States and how many girls are at risk. Find out more.