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FGM Entices Young Girls Into Early Sex, Marriage, And Teenage Pregnancy

FGM Entices Young Girls Into Early Sex, Marriage, And Teenage Pregnancy

In rural Malawi, families send girls as young as 12 years old for “initiation,” a traditional, cultural practice that marks a child’s entry into adulthood. But child rights campaigners say the ritual entices young girls into early sex, marriage, and teenage pregnancy — forcing many to drop out of school. One local organization is seeking […]

Tanzanian Government Nods To Alternative FGM, Saves 3,000 Girls From the Cut

Tanzanian Government  Nods To Alternative FGM, Saves 3,000 Girls From the Cut

MINISTRY of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children has welcomed alternative rite of passage that has saved nearly 3,000 girls from undergoing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Mara Region. The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary (PS), Dr John Jungu said Tarime based Association of Termination of Female Genital Mutilation (ATFGM) Masanga Centre initiated alternative rite of […]

10 Year Old Girl Dies After Genital Cutting In Sierra-Leone

10 Year Old Girl Dies After Genital Cutting In Sierra-Leone

A 10-year-old girl has died after undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) during an initiation into a secret women’s society in Sierra Leone, police said on Wednesday, sparking renewed calls for the practice to be banned. Authorities have arrested the woman in charge of initiations as investigations continue, said Amadu Turay, unit commander of the Mile […]

Girls Taken to Uganda, Tanzania For ‘Vacation Cutting’ As Kenya Cracks Down On FGM

Girls Taken to Uganda, Tanzania For ‘Vacation Cutting’ As Kenya Cracks Down On FGM

 Girls in Kenya are being taken across the border to countries such as Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia and Ethiopia for female genital mutilation (FGM) to avoid a crackdown on the harmful traditional practice at home, campaigners said on Monday. Kenya criminalised FGM in 2011 with a minimum punishment of three years imprisonment and a U.S. $2,000 […]

New Approach To End FGM Bears Fruit

New Approach To End FGM Bears Fruit

A NEW approach to end female genital mutilation (FGM) in Tanzania is now bearing fruit in areas the practice is still practised. The approach involves engaging traditional circumcisers and clan heads, who are influential in fighting against the practice. Speaking on the new approach, Assistant Director of the Family Unit at the Ministry of Health, […]

Prof. Gertrude Mutharika Commits To Fighting Against GBV

Prof. Gertrude Mutharika Commits To Fighting Against GBV

 First Lady Madam, Prof. Gertrude Mutharika has vowed to continue championing and supporting government in combating Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the country. Madam Mutharika who is Ambassador for OXFAM’s ‘Ending of violence against women and girls’ (EVAWG) campaign says she is always concerned with various forms of violence and abuse targeted at women and […]

Kenyan Woman Jailed For Six Years For Circumcising Twin Daughters

Kenyan Woman Jailed For Six Years For Circumcising Twin Daughters

 The mother said she wanted her daughters to undergo female genital mutilation to avoid a curse from her deceased grandfather A woman in central Kenya was jailed for six years for forcing her 13-year-old twin daughters to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) in a rare conviction in the east African nation, a charity which helped […]

‘Sexual Violence, FGM On The Increase In Sudan’

‘Sexual Violence, FGM On The Increase In Sudan’

 A Sudanese human rights organisation has highlighted an increase in sexual and physical violence against women and children in the country, as well as endemic female genital mutilation (FGM). Speaking at the launch of the 16-day Women’s Initiative and Building Trust campaign to combat violence against women in Khartoum on Thursday evening, Nahid Jabrallah, the […]

This Amazing Traditional Female Chief Promotes Girls Rights In Her Community

This Amazing Traditional Female Chief Promotes Girls Rights In Her Community

Mwanza, Salima,  Married at the tender age of 14, Traditional Authority Mwanza, one of Malawi’s female chiefs, knows only too well the opportunities that are lost when girls are married off early. Born Chalendo MacDonald in 1952, it was her dream to create a better life for herself, based on her personal experiences, that now […]

Without Safe Houses, Girls Will Be Cut

Without Safe Houses, Girls Will Be Cut

 “Without safe houses, girls will be cut,” said human rights activist Rhobi Samwelly, who runs two safe houses for girls in the Butiama and Serengeti districts of Tanzania’s largely rural Mara region. “During the cutting season, you can’t get protection in the community,” she explained. In parts of Tanzania where female genital mutilation (FGM) is […]

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