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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 […]

With Financial Empowerment, FGM Can Be Erased Amongst Rural Women

With Financial Empowerment, FGM Can Be Erased Amongst Rural Women

 “FGM exists to control women and girls. But if we can empower them to speak out and earn their own income, then society will look at them differently.” Edna Kambura was only seven years old when she had “the cut” – female genital mutilation – in her village in central Kenya. “It still hurts to […]

Anti- FGM Initiatives Yield Good Outcome

Anti- FGM Initiatives Yield Good Outcome

 THE African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) Health Africa, Tanzania branch, has saved 3070 girls from female genital mutilation (FGM) in Handeni and Kilindi districts, respectively, between 2014 and 2016. This was revealed by the Resident director of the Non Governmental Organisation, Ms Florence Temu, as an event focused on curbing the ritual, held in […]

The Fight To Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation Must Continue

The Fight To Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation Must Continue

Female genital mutilation is many things: a violent act that causes infection, disease, childbirth complications and even death. A cruel practice that inflicts lasting emotional harm and preys on the most vulnerable, least powerful members of society – girls between infancy and age 15. A violation of human rights that both reflects and perpetuates the […]

Female Genital Mutilation Has Declined In South-East – UNFPA

Female Genital Mutilation Has Declined In South-East – UNFPA

   The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have jointly declared that the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) within the South-east region of Nigeria and other places around the world has declined by nearly a quarter (25 per cent) since year 2000. This stemmed from UNICEF’s joint efforts […]

Schools Act As Haven For Girls Fleeing FGM, Marriage In Uganda

Schools Act As Haven For Girls Fleeing FGM, Marriage In Uganda

FGM, which involves the partial or total removal of external genitalia, became illegal in Uganda in 2010 but continues in secret Gertrude had barely hit puberty when her father agreed to marry her to an older man in exchange for 30 cows so she did something unusual in her Ugandan tribe – she ran away […]

UN Renews Push To Abolish Female Genital Mutilation

UN Renews Push To Abolish Female Genital Mutilation

On this International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, the United Nations is calling for the eradication of the traditional practice, which causes extreme physical and psychological harm to millions of women and girls worldwide. The United Nations says more than 200 million girls and women in 30 countries are currently living with […]

#End FGM – Violation Of The Human Rights of Girls and Women

#End FGM – Violation Of The Human Rights of Girls and Women

FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. It is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children. The practice also violates a person’s rights […]

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