The Association of Ex-circumcisers was established in November 1998 by a group of circumcisers from the various administrative districts with the aim of mobilizing and sensitizing other circumcisers, and for the provision of better services to their communities. The association started out with 15 ex-circumcisers, and they have a president-elect, Mansata Ceesay (right), a vice president and auditor and a treasurer.
Targeting Existing Circumcisers to Abandon the Practice of FGMC
Visits to existing circumcisers by ex-circumcisers, to promote a change in attitude towards FGMC, has proven to be one of BAFROW's most effective strategies in the abandonment of FGMC.
The transformation of the ex-circumcisers has served as a great source of enthusiasm for existing circumcisers. Using the skills and knowledge about the effects and other issues of the practice, they were able to convince most circumcisers to abandon the practice.
During their visits, they make use of the training materials (the curriculum for alternative rites of passage, a flip book on FGM, etc.) to show circumcisers and their assistants what actually happens during the process and how the health effects occur. This has clearly helped in demystifying their numerous beliefs about how demons and witches make a newly circumcised child faint or go into shock, rather than from huge loss of blood, or how the clitoris keeps growing as one grows older.
The curriculum for alternative rites of passage has also helped the health promoters make the existing circumcisers feel more comfortable about abandoning the practice. In that, their status in the community remains intact, since they can still do the alternative rites of passage ceremony with the children, only forgoing the cutting aspect of it.
This has been an ongoing process for years and as at now, the association has over 156 registered members.
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† BAFROW Seeks Additional Assistance to Strengthen this program. You Support for the Following Will be Highly Appreciated:
- Financial resources to strengthen the "Lending and Savings Scheme"
- Technical assistance to upgrade the village bank
- Modern equipment for processing and packaging various types of products, dried as well as liquid
- Technical assistance in support of this scheme and to train local staff to improve the quality of food processing and packaging and marketing of the products, and for sustainability