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. Our main ways of raising funds are holding rug sales and soliciting donations in our newsletter. Click here for more details about Healthy Tomorrow's work.

We also work to prevent FGM in Massachusetts. We have put out a brochure of advice on how to avoid being cut or help someone else avoid it and on sources of help for people who are already excised. Click here to see our advice. According to statistics from the CDC, about 500,000 women and girls in the U.S. are either already cut or at risk of being cut: FGM in U.S.(Washington Post, August 11, 2016)

Healthy Tomorrow Rug Sale, Dec, 2017Healthy Tomorrow's Rug Sale Dale cutting a tree for saleHealthy Tomorrow's Tree Sale

Healthy Tomorrow stands out in Davis Sq. Somerville on February 6, 2017, the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM.
Healthy Tomorrow stands out in Davis Sq. Somerville on February 6, 2017, the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM