who we are
Augustine is a social worker. She is married and mother of two grown-up children. When she grew up, female circumcision was common practice. 'I cannot grasp the fact that a human being came up with the idea of inflicting this senseless pain on another person. Contributing to eradicating this practice is one of my goals in life.'
Apart from being a mother of a young daughter, Judith works as an English and Dutch interpreter. On both a personal and a professional level she became aware of the practice of female circumcision. It is her heart desire that this practice is eradicated.
Paula is a mother of a daughter (26) and a son (21) and has been working as a hospital nurse for 38 years. Through a Malian friend and Malian music she heard of female circumcision still taking place in 2019. 'Look at the consequences: lots of pain and suffering, and irreversible bodily mutilation. I cannot accept this. Therefore I want to contribute to get rid of this practice, starting in Mali'.
Kees van der Zanden
'I find it wonderful to see how - over the past 30 or so years - people have been able to commit themselves to ending the tradition of female circumcision they had been accustomed to as they think they can do better.'