Africa: ‘Let’s Sing, Cut No More’ – Using Music to End FGM in Africa

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After four months of hard work, Sally Njie and Praise Gimba are proud to release their new song. ‘Cut No More’ delivers a catchy melody but it also shares an important message: warning about the risks of female genital mutilation (FGM). Even more impressive? It does this in three different languages – Wolof, Mandinka and English.

“This will make the message understood by different people in the community,” says Jama Jack, Project Mentor at partner organization Think Young Women.

Ms. Njie and Ms. Gimba are part of the Tuwezeshe Spotlight Fellows Programme, a one-year programme that is supported by the Spotlight Initiative and implemented by the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation and FORWARD UK.

Fifty young women in Africa and 16 in Europe underwent the training, which aims to eliminate FGM, child marriage and related forms of violence against women and girls by inspiring and nurturing leadership skills and activism among young women from Africa and the diaspora.

However, creating a song in different languages proved to be a challenge. “One obstacle we had with creating the song was language and choosing the right words to reach across the tribes. After our first recording was done and evaluated, we had to go back to the studio and re-record the song due to terminology issues with the Wolof word for ‘circumcision,'” explained Sally Njie.

“Our supervisor was helpful, she evaluated everything and even shared it with the rest of the team to help make necessary adjustments.”

Both the programme and the song were collaborative and global.