A Break with Tradition


Africa and the Middle East, From Rhetoric to Reality

A collage of Senagalese voices debate FGM (female genital mutilation): the deaths, infection, pain and illness, the difficulties in childbirth, with sex and the question of culture and tradition. Now, in a country where 20 percent of the population practice FGM men and women in villages across Senegal have rejected the practice and in January 1999 the Government declared it illegal. The remarkable solidarity that is evident between men and women, religious leaders and the faithful, will be key to ensuring the protection of these new rights for women and their families.

Broadcaster: Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation
Executive Producer/Director: Gerd Inger Polden

A Break with Tradition
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