Human Rights Education Through Ciné Débat

Film as a Tool to Fight Against Female Genital Mutilation in Burkina Faso

  • Johanna Richter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-20
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  3. Theoretical background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
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  4. Methodology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
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  5. Results from the in-depth analysis of the social context (expert interviews)

  6. Results from the execution of the ciné débats

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 259-259
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  7. Summary and conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 345-345
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 371-383

About this book


How is it possible to fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) without disrespecting traditional values? This study analyses ‘film’ as a tool for Human Rights Education in Burkina Faso, especially when it includes thought structures of the local communities. Here, the innovative approach of ciné débat, a particular cinematic awareness-raising strategy is applied and analysed. Thus, this research describes how a documentary film about FGM in Burkina Faso was produced and presented. It is believed that the critical reconsideration of one’s own thoughts represents a prerequisite for changing habits. The aim is to find solutions within the traditional context of the country, not to dictate or instruct behaviour patterns to the locals.


  • Universal rights versus cultural relativism
  • Human rights education through film
  •  Women’s rights and FGM in Burkina Faso
  • Ciné débat and traditional debating habits

Target Groups

  • Researchers and practitioners in political sciences, human rights education, gender, and development cooperation
  • International organisations with the focus on FGM and women’s rights

About the Author

Johanna Richter obtained a PhD in Political Sciences at the UNESCO Chair of Human Rights Education. She travels frequently to West Africa, and has been researching the topic of gender in Burkina Faso for over 10 years. She has worked on various science documentaries for TV.


Human rights education Women’s rights Ciné débat Awareness-raising Cultural relativism Burkina Faso

Authors and affiliations

  • Johanna Richter
    • 1
  1. 1.BerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-12722-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-12723-7
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