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LISAC (Leadership Improvement and Social Advocacy Centre)

What will it take to end a damaging but deeply-rooted cultural practice? Putting an end to female genital mutilation (FGM) takes grassroots leadership, education and community commitment.

Cameroon: Leadership Improvement and Social Advocacy Centre

Quick Facts

Country: Cameroon

Grant Program: World Day of Prayer

Year of Grant: 2017-2018

Grant Amount: $4,300

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a deeply rooted cultural practice in many countries. Although Muslim girls are more often subjected to FGM, it is wrong to assume FGM is related to religious beliefs. Christian girls also undergo the procedure.

Parents may be convinced FGM is a social necessity for their daughters. They may believe FGM offers protection from infections, discourages sexual promiscuity, or encourages faithfulness in marriage. Indeed, FGM and early marriage usually go hand in hand. Traditional practitioners may also resist ending the practice which is a source of income. Ending FGM requires enforcement of laws prohibiting the practice and concerted and sustained grassroots action.

Community volunteers in the Banyu community are committed to educating people in their target area about the dangers of FGM and to building on their success neighbouring areas.