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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.
“And she kept her word.” Latty was 10 years old when she heard her mother’s account. “I cannot understand that children can be made to suffer in such a way, that they can be mutilated under conditions with poor or no hygiene.” She decided to become an advocate for ending the practice.
2011), of the 9,780 people who have profited for microcredit programs, 6,485 are women (UMP Feb. The same source stated that [translation] "approximately 3,000 small income-generating activities for women working in the informal sector" were made possible with microcredit (ibid.).
The MPF explained that, although the Djiboutian authorities have made [translation] "significant" effort to integrate Djiboutian women into the economy, improvements are needed, particularly with regard to the following: [translation] Inadequacy of the credit availability conditions of microfinance institutions with regard to informal sectors where there are numerous women's activities; Lack of promotion and enhancement of female entrepreneurship (development of small businesses and small industries) in the management of microbusinesses; Lack of advice and coaching support for various credit recipients (microcredit or other credit institutions); Building the capacity to respond and to distribute support funds from the government or other partners by overseeing that they are used effectively; Increasing support for the transformation and commercialization of artisan products to make them more competitive on the national and international markets; Development of a structure for analyzing and guiding the recruitment of women with university degrees; Distribution and promotion of measures and laws of the National Investment Promotion Agency (Agence nationale pour la promotion des investissements, ANPI); Providing fiscal and accounting assistance to women entrepreneurs; Strengthening of current credit union systems (Djibouti Apr. In October 2012, the government of Djibouti published a decree on the creation of the National Microfinance Commission (Commission nationale de microfinance, CNMF) (Djibouti 2012a, art. The main objective of that commission is to [translation] "transform microfinance into a veritable tool for fighting poverty in the Republic of Djibouti by promoting self-employment and the employment of women and youths through affordable and effective outreach credit services" (ibid.). Décret n°2012-219/PR/SESN portant création, attributions, organisation et fonctionnement de la Commission nationale de microfinance (CNMF).
“She told me that one of the girls who had been cut the same day as her had experienced serious problems and died following a haemorrhage that no one had taken care of,” Latty explained.
FGM can cause a raft of serious health consequences, including not only haemorrhage but also shock, infection and complications in childbirth. An estimated 200 million women and girls alive today have been subjected to the practice.
In Kenya, 17-year-old Sharleen Cherop also said no to FGM.