Stop the Cut

Stop the Cut

The Initiative ‘Stop the Cut’ tackles the practice of female genital mutilation of young women in Africa. In this educational documentary, AMREF Health Africa proposes an alternative for the Rites of Passage for young Massai girls to become women without being cut.

The film premiere event of the documentary was organised at Das Kino (Salzburg) on 28 January 2019 and donated all profit to AMREF’s Stop the Cut Projects.

This Documentary is used by AMREF Kenia in Stop the Cut Projects to be shown to young girls in order to explain them the Alternative Rite of Passage (ARP).

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Involvement: Storytelling; Cut

I had the great opportunity to participate in this short documentary for AMREF Health Africa about their campaign against female genital mutilation in Africa. It is very difficult to change customs and rites and I am glad that there are holistic approaches like ‘Stop the Cut’ to make change and better the lives of generations.

To become an adult woman in Massai culture, 8-14 year old girls undergo an event named ‘Rites of Passage’. Part of these rites is the removal of their clitoris and parts of their labias.

This film doesn’t only serve the purpose to inform the world about the alternatives, but foremost it is shown to the young girls to present them the ARP Project from AMREF. It is used onsite to explain the girls what ARP means and what they can expect from the experience.