Protecting girls to be saleema in Sudan: An expression of accepting the shift in the norm of cutting girls

As the world poises to celebrate 25 years of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Samira Amin Ahmed broaches the subject of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in Sudan.

The Saleema Initiative grew from the recognition of a critical language gap in Sudanese colloquial Arabic to describe a woman or girl who is uncut. The traditional word used has highly negative connotations, while saleema means whole, healthy, intact, and pristine. The goal of the initiative is to combat cultural norms and practices with positive terminology and engaging communities to stop the practice of FGM/C.

Published 2015-02-24

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