Angelique Kidjo calls for an end to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)Listen /
The UN General Assembly Hall came alive this week with the music of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo. The Grammy Award winning singer performed at a special concert dedicated to the global efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Angelique Kidjo says she is passionate about getting African nations to sign a resolution to end the practice. At least three million girls are at risk of undergoing FGM each year, according to the UN. Prior to the show, Beng Poblete-Enriquez spoke to Ms. Kidjo about the call to end FGM.
FGM survivor hopes practice will be stamped out in her lifetime
Music superstar Angelique Kidjo is a powerful advocate in the fight to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). And while Saran Dioubate is not a household name, her voice is equally loud and compelling on this issue. As a child in her native country, Guinea, Saran and several other little girls from her neighbourhood underwent the practice, which is also known as cutting. Saran Dioubate spoke about her experience during a press conference announcing Angelique Kidjo's concert at the UN in New York. She says there is no reason for FGM to continue, and she hopes it will be made history in her lifetime.
Ugandan women trafficked to Asia for forced sex
Trafficking of Ugandan women to Asia for forced sex is on the rise according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The agency says as many as 600 trafficked Ugandan women are currently in Malaysia—and up to 20 more may be arriving each week. The IOM's Jean Philippe Chauzy says they are working with the various governments, as well as other organizations, to not only help these women, but put a stop to trafficking. Patrick Maigua in Geneva spoke with Mr. Chauzy.
Presenter: Dianne Penn
Prod. Asst: Charles Appel Duration: 10'00"