Confronting dogmas: Local radio in the campaign against FGM and forced marriage in Tanzania

Local radio is at the forefront of the fight to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage in the Ngorongoro District of Tanzania. Loliondo FM, one of the radio stations benefiting from UNESCO’s “Empowering Local Radio with ICTs” project, supported by Sweden, is proving to be indispensable in raising awareness for the issue and educating girls on the action to take in avoiding FGM – especially when there seems to be no way out.

Such is the case with Loliondo FM where they have provided information on FGM and a campaigner against it, Suzan Koila, through their broadcasts. Girls have reportedly avoided FGM and forced marriage by making contact with Ms. Koila, thanks to the local radio programs.

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