Orchid Project Fellow – November 2016

Sunday 13 November 2016

Senegalese hip-hop sensation Sister Fa is attending the Tostan Training Center (TTC) in Dakar, Senegal from November 14-25, 2016.

Our partner Tostan established the TTC to provide international training on their unique human rights-based approach for community led development. Sister Fa is part of the forth round of fellows that Orchid Project is supporting to attend the training.

Here’s some background information on our current fellow. Watch this space and keep updated on her progress!

Sister Fa 

Sister Fa is a hip-hop star, originally from Senegal, now based in Berlin. She is determined to consistently raise awareness of difficult issues, especially FGC through her potent lyrics about personal, social and political subjects. She is game-changing, taboo-breaking and inspiring, the perfect advocate for an end to FGC in her home country.

Orchid Project has worked with Sister Fa since 2011,  supporting her ‘Education without Cutting’ tours in Senegal and Guinea since 2012, which mobilise young people to discuss gender equality, human rights and the unsung practice of female genital cutting (FGC).  The programme was developed by Sister Fa who has a vision of a Senegal free from FGC; her efforts have seen her own home town of Thionck Essyl in the high prevalence Casamance region of Senegal – where she herself was cut – abandon the practice of FGC altogether. Sister Fa uses her status as a role model and artist to support and facilitate boys as well as girls to use their agency to create change

Sedhiou, Senegal. 12/5/12

Sister Fa works closely with local NGOs, including Tostan, which helps communities develop their own vision for development and has seen almost 8,000 communities across West Africa declare their abandonment of FGC.

As an Orchid Project Ambassador Sister Fa speaks passionately about her programme, the work of Orchid Project, and the issue of FGC more broadly, including at UK Houses of Parliament to commemorate the International Day of Abandonment of FGC in 2012 and UK Government’s Girl Summit in July 2014.

Find out more about Sister Fa’s life and work – watch her powerful documentary  ‘Sarabah’.

 

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