Skoll Awardees and Staff at Clinton Global Initiative Annual MeetingSeptember 24, 2012 by Sally Farhat Kassab
Besides the fact that our CEO Sally Osberg is speaking today at 10:30 a.m., there’s lots of other Skoll Foundation related excitement at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, which started yesterday. Tim Hanstad of Landesa spoke about “Making a Business Case for Land Rights.” Mindy Lubber of Ceres talked about Integrating Social and Environmental Value into Core Business. (Watch her at that link starting at the 20 minute mark).
Above, listen to Molly Melching of Tostan starting at 25:30 in the video. It was part of the 2012 Commitment Workshops called “Influencing Behavior and Attitudes.” Melching introduced us to a Senegalese woman who went to 148 communities with Tostan and helped end the practice of female genital cutting and child marriage there.
“You may ask, how does a deeply entrenched practice, of genital cutting, which has lasted more than 2,000 years, how did this change come about?” Melching said in her talk. “One of the people who was most determined to find a solution was a villager who is now 75 years old..he taught us profound lessons about a society where the family and the social group is of utmost importance. He explained that a practice like female genital cutting was not even a choice for people in the community…It was an obligatory social rule.”
…”For both attitudinal and behavioral change to occur, we have found that the change must really come from within.”