Marianne Sidibe N'Diaye

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2004


This profile was prepared when Marianne Sidibe N'Diaye was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
The New Idea
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.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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