Breaking the silence on girls' and women's rights in Sierra Leone

Breaking the silence on girls' and women's rights in Sierra Leone

"I ran away because I do not want to go through the act of 'cutting' and so I resettled with my uncle - a teacher at a primary school. I am now enrolled in school. Plan's EU funded project is a great support to me."

Rugiatu

CONTEXT

This project addresses the violations of women and children's rights by harmful traditional practices, particularly that of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. this practice is particularly present in Sierra Leone where over 90% of women are estimated to have undergone excision. It has serious health consequences including acute pain and complications, shock, haemorrhage, infections and in extreme cases it can lead to coma or death. Furthermore, women can also suffer long term damage to their reproductive, sexual and mental health. It is in this context that the project was devised to help promote women and children's rights.