Sierra Leone

Amazonian Initiative Movement (AIM), Sierra Leone – Fight against Female Genital Mutilation

'Educating people means strengthening them. Only by changing the way of thinking, we can change peoples actions'. Rugiatu Turay, Founder and leader of AIM. Photo: © TERRE DES FEMMES Archive'Educating people means strengthening them. Only by changing the way of thinking, we can change peoples actions.' Rugiatu Turay, Founder and leader of AIM.
Photo: © TERRE DES FEMMES Archive
Area of intervention: region of the city Lunsar

Supported by TDF since: 2009

Target group: girls threatened by female genital mutilation (FGM)

Background:

  • 2013, about 88% of the girls and women were victims of FGM (UNICEF)
  • It is estimated that up to 50.000 circumcisers work in the country, most of them are organised in secret societies
  • In the public, FGM and its consequences are still mostly tabooed
  • Politicians are mostly scared of the secret societies and therefore, don’t stand up against FGM
  • Until today there is still no legal prohibition of FGM, only a law that sets the minimum age to 18

Project activities:

  • Sensitisation and education work in the villages against FGM
  • Cooperation with the circumcisers that renounce their profession and work as activists
  • A shelter for girls that flee from their families and the threat of FGM
  • Supervision of the girls through social workers, lawyers, and mediation with their parents
  • Enabling the girls to go to school or university

Successes:

  • Currently, AIM offers save shelter for 20-25 girls
  • This is a big success for the organisation
  • With their educational work, AIM has convinced about 60 circumcisers to renounce FGM
  • Half of them are now activists of FGM serving as multipliers

Project leader: Rugiatu Turay

Contacts: Voluntary project coordinators Veronika Kirschner and Susanne Meister (sierra-leone@frauenrechte.de)
or TERRE DES FEMMES – section international cooperation (iz@frauenrechte.de)

Support:

Support AIM with a one-time donation or contribute regularly and become sponsor!

You can also donate with the key word “Sierra-Leone” on the following account:

EthikBank
Konto 103 116 000
BLZ 830 944 95
BIC GENODEF1ETK
IBAN DE35 8309 4495 0103 1160 00

 

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