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UNITED NATIONS, New York/Ouagadougou, BURKINA FASO – Fourteen-year-old Latifatou Compaoré learned the spirit of resistance from her mother.

Her mother was subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) as a child in Burkina Faso.

She learned about the harms of both practices from a UNFPA-supported adolescent girls group, and today she uses her own story to call for change. She said that family members were insisting on cutting the little one,” Latty recalled.

She spoke to the woman at length, explaining the consequences of FGM.

But brave women and girls are taking a stand against FGM, sometimes risking stigma and rejection by their families and communities. “When she became a mom, she made the commitment that if she had girls, she would never cut them,” Latty said.

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