UN Goodwill Ambassador Mory Kanté speaks out against FGM/C

©UNICEF/Amadou Mbodj/2005 - Mory Kanté, a musician from Guinea and FAO goodwill ambassador, who was a special guest at the conference, asked parliamentarians not to ignore musicians in their efforts in favor of women and girls to abandon FGM/C


Mory Kanté, a musician from Guinea and FAO goodwill ambassador, who was a special guest at the conference, asked parliamentarians not to ignore musicians in their efforts in favor of women and girls to abandon FGM/C

For the sake of their own fulfillment, African girls and women should have the right to their body's integrity, said Mory Kanté, who was a special guest at the conference. M. Kanté asked parliamentarians not to ignore musicians in their efforts in favor of women, because it is they who carry culture forward to the populations and who know how to reach into people's hearts. Furthermore, he added, there is always music in Africa, even when there are no newspapers, radios or television. According to Mory Kanté, culture is the cradle of beliefs, including religious beliefs, and it is those beliefs that shape behavior.