#4 S03.E04 - Alternative rights of passage for girls is nice
rights activist advocating for an alternative right of passage
or ARP for girls in Africa and campaigning to stop Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
According to the February 2022 United Nations Population Fund statistics on FGM, 14 African countries, predominantly in the west, east and
horn of Africa regions still practice FGM.
As part of aspiration six priority 51 of the
African Union Agenda 2063, it aims to eliminate all forms of gender
based violence and discrimination against women and girls.
Political leaders are playing their own critical part. The
African Union has appointed the President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, as the champion for the elimination
of FGM and launched the Salima Initiative in 2019.
What has made this practice necessary? Listen in to find out more.