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. Sometimes 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 68,000 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.

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

We put up posters and billboards to raise awareness in the campaign. Our most recent one shows a terrorized girl about to be excised. The message is: “Let’s stop excising! Excision hurts the health of girls and women.” See photo below.

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 non-profit 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.

In March of 2014 we showed the film Moolaadé at Lesley University. It is a powerful story about a village being won over to the anti-FGM position by a feisty, non-conformist woman who stands up for her daughter and other girls. We are proud that we got the movie, which is in Bambara the local language of Mali, on TV in Mali for the first time.

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 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 in 2014, 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. The study is complete now and it shows more girls and women excised or at risk of being excised than had previously been thought: 500,000.