By Marie-Helene Mottin-Sylla, Joelle Palmieri

Excision, or woman genital mutilation (FGM), in Africa isn't any longer the non-public hindrance in basic terms of girls; it's a social and political factor that issues either women and men and this booklet reviews on an cutting edge study and motion undertaking among boys and girls in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Senegal. The undertaking explores no matter if younger people's use of data expertise might give a contribution to the abandonment of FGM. within the age of the net, ideals and practices of FGM are moving, really between teenagers. the result of this undertaking exhibit how, within the period of globalized citizenship, a cross-sectional imaginative and prescient that places youngsters and gender on the middle of improvement can produce genuine switch.

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1 Gender and citizenship ‘Man, love me as I am! ’ 48 PA R T I C I PAT O R Y A N D R E F L E X I V E M E T H O D O LO G Y created the content dedicated to this issue, were trained and trained others on gender, exchanged views and debated gender with both genders, thus enabling a gender-differentiated analysis of FGM. This approach created a gender awareness in boys and girls and nurtured the strong expression of an ideal gender justice, in both sexes, leading to the voicing of a felt need for action against existing inequalities, even though no common vision emerged on the issue.

A large number were still in high school (grades 10, 11 and 12), at university, employed or looking for employment in a very broad range of areas in the formal and informal sectors. The girls and boys were also single, married and/or parents. With one exception, all of them claimed to be literate enough in French (the working language of the project) to participate in the virtual and physical activities, although in practice this skill was discussed. ’ (List, ICT–FGM teams, 3 January 2009) From its inception to its implementation, the project was faced with very high expectations from the specialists/coaches in particular, but also from female researchers and youths, who were all asking for equipment and connectivity, financial resources and training.

Our convictions about the true nature of divine law and culture are not shaken by religion and tradition as presented to us. And the fact of the matter is that the traditionalists themselves do not hesitate to use modern tools. We respect their freedom of expression, but we have a duty to speak the truth. We believe that African culture can evolve, and we know that FGM is an ancient policy aimed at placing women in a second rank in society. ’ (ENDA, 2008h) in close partnership with the public authorities.

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