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Musicians Unite to End FGM

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London based African women’s charity FORWARD who has campaigned on FGM for over 30 years is hosting Ivorian singer/dancer Dobet Gnahoré for two UK shows in Bristol and London as part of their Arts Council funded project Musicians Unite to End FGM.

Dobet Gnahoré a Grammy award winner and Radio 3 World Music Award nominee, is a singer, dancer and percussionist from the Ivory Coast and sings in seven African languages. Her incredible band bring ranges from Congolese rumba to Ziglibito from Ivory Coast carried along with jazz-like sounds. Dobet’s powerful voice, intensely captivating stage presence and high energy dance routines all promise the audience an inspired, energetic and beautiful performance.

FORWARD’s Musicians Unite to End FGM engages with well-known artists to raise awareness of FGM among a wider audience and to audiences of artists whose countries of origin are affected by the issue.

Naomi Reid, FORWARD’s Projects and Events Manager says: “Artists have the power to inspire people and influence decision makers (traditional/religious leaders) and parents in FGM affected communities. We believe in the power of music to spread positive messages and make positive changes in society. Musicians Unite to End FGM is an ongoing project within FORWARD where we work with musicians from both FGM affected and non-affected communities to reach audiences we would not normally reach about this important human rights abuse. Through the enjoyable and powerful medium of music we hope to change more hearts and minds to end this practice and to inspire others to join in the campaign to end FGM.”

Bristol Event details:
Dobet Gnahoré plus special guests, co-hosted by FORWARD and their youth programme in Bristol- ‘Empowering’. More details here.
Date/Time: Wednesday 28th September, 7.30pm.
Address: The Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol BS2 0NW

FGM is an entrenched harmful practice that has affected more than 130 million girls and women globally. Many migrant communities residing in Europe continue the practice. In the UK it is estimated that over 100,000 women are living with the consequences of FGM and 60,000 girls are at risk. FGM has been illegal in the UK since 1985 and the law was revised in 2015.

 

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