African women take the lead to end female genital mutilation and early child marriage in Africa through the strategic launch of The Big Sister Movement.
BSM is the largest grassroots coalition of local nongovernment organisations led by women survivors of female genital mutilation and cutting from The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Kenya and Somalia.
The movement’s aim is to give back the the testimonies and scope of actions to survivors, to enable them to tell their own stories, advocate and find grassroots solutions to the issue of FGM/C in Africa.
“For too long, international organizations have been leading the campaign in Africa, implementing programs together with local activists in our communities,” according to Jaha Dukureh, a 2018 Nobel Peace Prize nominee.
“The time has come for Africans across the Continent and the world to be at the forefront of the campaign to end female genital mutilation and early child marriage in Africa by 2030.”
“African women tend to be perceived as women who need to be saved. They are never considered as the actual saviours. This is what the Big Sister Movement is about,” added Augustine Abu, a BSM Coalition member.
In Africa 6000 girls are mutilated everyday, 200 million women live with the effects of FGM/C, and 30 million girls are still at risk over the next decades.