Assetou Toure was one of the two speakers.
With our extra money for radio in the struggle against female genital mutilation, of FGM, we produced a program in which two of our activists spoke with a host of Radio Guintan (The Voice of Women) for half an hour about the connection between FGM and COVID-19. The main idea is that FGM weakens girls and, to fight off COVID, people have to be strong.
The discussion reviewed recommendations about social distancing and cleanliness for the prevention of COVID and went over all the arguments we usually bring against FGM, the trauma, the terrible health and psychological consequences and the message it gives that girls and women aren't valued.
The show was first aired on May 8 and then rebroadcast on May 16 and 23 and will be aired again on May 30.
So far with this project, we have put messages and programs on TV, aired our music videos against FGM, put our songs on the radio and put up billboards. We confidently expect that this is bringing more people over to our point of view, that girls do not deserve to be mutilated and that no good purpose is served by doing so.
We thank all those who made this possible and vow to continue to raise concerns about FGM, until it is no longer practiced in Mali.