In Guinea, where 97% of girls aged 15 to 49 are FGM victims despite the practice being outlawed, Unicef staff described seeing girls taken away from their families against their will to be cut, on the orders of village authorities. One five-year-old died from her wounds.
In honor of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation on 06 February 2016, let’s raise our voices to end this terrible practice. I’m not yet sure how we go about that, but for starters we can share information to let people know this is happening to a lot of women. Have faith that solutions will emerge.
Africa Salon, Yale’s first annual contemporary African arts and culture festival — featuring some of today’s top artists from the continent and diaspora — will take place on Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28.
Hosted by the Yale Africa Initiative, the interactive event will include a series of panels, readings, exhibits, and performances.
The event will open on Friday evening with a panel moderated by Michael Veal, professor of music and African American studies. Saturday’s events will include a series of panels — each accompanied by a performance or visual presentation — highlighting key artists and their work in contemporary African literature, visual art, film, music, fashion, and dance. At each panel, faculty and students who are producing artistic work on Africa will be featured.
A free-to-the-public concert will held at Battel Chapel, located at 400 College Street, New Haven. Other events take place at the Afro-American Cultural Center, 211 Park St. Registration is $20 for the public and $10 for students.
View the full schedule and register for Africa Salon at africasalon.org. More information about the festival at YaleNews.