Healthy Tomorrow is a group of Massachusetts-based supporters of Sini Sanuman’s work.
Sini Sanuman, which means Healthy Tomorrow in the local Bambara language, was founded in 2002 by Malians with the vision to end female genital mutilation (FGM). The organization is based in Bamako, the capital of Mali, and has a small staff and executive committee of nine.
We use local media and a community approach to our advocacy work. Since our founding, we have distributed 6,000 posters, aired our anti-FGM songs and music videos on local outlets, and convinced 14 villages to stop cutting their girls and 150 excisers to give up the practice. We have also collected over 80,000 signatures on our petitions, mostly from Malians who promise never to have their daughters cut. If you would like to be an international supporter of a Malian law against FGM, please add your name at www.tinyurl.com/SaveMaliangirls.
In the US, we give talks, screen films, and raise funds to help end excision in Mali. Our most recent fundraiser raised money to provide surgical aid to women that have had complications due to FGM. Domestically, we are also working to pass Massachusetts House Bill 4606 that would criminalize FGM in the state and offer support to victims. If you are in Massachusetts and would like to participate, please write to your state senator in support of the bill. (To find your legislators, go to: https://malegislature.gov/search/findmylegislator.)
- 14 William Street, Somerville, MA 02144 USA
- (617) 776-6524
- Susan McLucas at [email protected]