SENEGAL / WEST AFRICA
members of the Pilot Committee for the Declaration of Dialacoto
like to invite you to attend their Public Declaration for the Abandonment
Female Genital Cutting and Early Marriage by 202 villages to be
Dialacoto, Region of Tambacounda, Senegal on September 21, 2003.
NGO, Tostan, implemented the Village Empowerment Program (the Kobi)
25 communities in the three rural communities of Missarah, Dialacoto
Netteboulou with support from the Government of Senegal, Unicef
Gates foundation. Participants in the program adopted other members
community and visited neighboring areas to do social mobilization
spreading important lifesaving messages from the program to their
inter-community meetings were held over the past year to discuss
promotion of good health practices such as timely vaccination, pre
natal consultation and birth spacing. During these meetings, community
members and religious and traditional leaders from the 202 villages
discussed the dangers of FGC and early marriage and made the decision,
larger inter-marrying community, to abandon these harmful practices
better respect the human rights and improve the health of girls
and women in
their three rural communities.
also implemented micro-credit projects, latrines and health kits
participating villages with support from AJWS and the Wallace Research
communities have already established follow through committees to
that the decision to abandon these practices is respected by everyone.
September 21, 1,140 villages in Senegal will have made the decision
abandon the practice of FGC and early marriage, representing more
of the 5,000 communities which once practiced FGC. All of our communities
are proud to be part of a larger movement for life, health and human
look forward to sharing our historic decision with you and welcome
Dialacoto on September 21, 2003.
The Members of the Pilot Committee for the Declaration of Dialacoto