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Somali Girls Die During FGM Procedures – NGOs, Activists, Call On The Government

Somali Girls Die During FGM Procedures – NGOs, Activists, Call On The Government

Save the Children calls upon the government of Somalia, civil society and other community actors to take immediate action to scale up efforts to protect children, particularly girls, against all forms of violence and harmful traditional practices, including Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). The call comes after a series of confirmed reports of deaths of young […]

African Countries Urged To Toughen Laws On Female Genital Mutilation

African Countries Urged To Toughen Laws On Female Genital Mutilation

Millions of girls in Africa are at risk of female genital mutilation because their governments are failing to enforce laws banning the internationally condemned practice, campaigners said on Thursday. Six countries which are home to 16 million girls – Chad, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Sudan – still do not even criminalise FGM, according […]

The Unbeatable Strides Of African Female Soldiers

The Unbeatable Strides Of African Female Soldiers

 This year, the African Union and the Diaspora African forum are honouring the first woman minister for education in Kenya for her long and outstanding work in girls’ education and governance. The annual African Women of Excellence Awards (AWEA) recognises and honours women of Africa and the diaspora who have contributed to the struggle for […]

A Million Conversation To End Female Genital Mutilation

A Million Conversation To End Female Genital Mutilation

African youth have started their rallying call to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in a generation by sparking one million conversations that break the silence that allows the practice to prevail. As the largest African generation ever, the young people from all over the world have been speaking out, pledging to make theirs the generation […]

Somalia Announces First Prosecution For Female Genital Mutilation

Somalia Announces First Prosecution For Female Genital Mutilation

 Somalia’s Attorney General Ahmed Ali Dahir announced on Wednesday the country’s first ever prosecution against female genital mutilation (FGM) following the death of a 10-year-old girl, an adviser to the government said. Ifrah Ahmed, who advises Somalia on gender issues, said the attorney general was sending a team of investigators to find out more about […]

Somali 10-Year-Old Dies After Undergoing Female Genital Mutilation

Somali 10-Year-Old Dies After Undergoing Female Genital Mutilation

 A 10-year-old girl in central Somalia has died after undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM), prompting calls from campaigners to criminalise the internationally condemned practice in a country with the world’s highest rates. The girl was taken by her mother to a traditional circumciser on July 14. The procedure left her bleeding and she died in […]

UN Women Calls for Multi-Sectoral Approach to End Maternal Mortality

UN Women Calls for Multi-Sectoral Approach to End Maternal Mortality

Country Representative of UN Women in Sierra Leone has called on the government to start thinking of adopting a multi-sectoral approach in an effort to help end maternal mortality in the country. According to Dr. Mary Okumu, maternal and infant mortality and morbidity is multi-sectoral issue, and that not only the Ministry of Health and […]

Should FGM Be A Societal Problem?

Should FGM Be A Societal Problem?

Five years ago, the prevalence of harmful traditional practices were very high in Somali state. The government has been trying to reduce such practices thereby making the state free from such harmful traditions. Together with other stakeholders, the states’ Culture and Tourism Office has also been working extensively to achieving this objective. The office is […]

Let Us Take Female Genital Cutting To G7 Powers

Let Us Take Female Genital Cutting To G7 Powers

If a 5-year-old girl growing up in a developing country could speak to global leaders, what would she say? Change is possible if global leaders meeting at the G7 Summit this week listen to the young girls whose voices, too often, go unheard. If a 5-year-old girl growing up in a developing country could speak […]

Zero Tolerance For Female Genital Mutilation

Zero Tolerance For Female Genital Mutilation

MORE than 200 million women around the world have experienced some kind of female genital mutilation (FGM) and more could be at risk, a UN agency said. Though the practice has declined in prevalence globally, alarming new figures from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) predict that any progress could be off-set as a further […]

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