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$1,000 - $10,000
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Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a common practice in West Africa that often causes serious physical and psychological complications. Marianne Sidibe reforms Senegalese health care and creates new systems of support to meet the needs of girls and women who have undergone this destructive procedure.

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Marianne organizes a national network of midwives and nurses to identify women who have experienced genital mutilation and refer them to appropriate help in the form of counseling, affordable surgery, or support groups. She works to change the standard of training programs for midwives, nurses, and doctors so that health professionals are equipped to respond to the particular needs of women who have undergone mutilation. Further, she has formed the first support center for circumcised girls and women, which she plans to replicate across the country. Marianne positions her specific efforts on FGM to broadly advance the rights and health of women in her country and lead the way for improvements in prevention and care throughout the West African region.