6 February 2013 – UNFPA and UNICEF call for accelerated efforts as the practice begins to decline.

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"There were three people. One person was holding me down; one person was holding my hand; and the other person was doing the job. They lay me down, and…" Fatu said of the female genital mutilation she underwent as an eight- year-old in Liberia.

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Almost 2,000 communities across Africa have abandoned female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in 2011. This brought the total number of communities renouncing the practice to 8,000 over the last few years, according to new findings by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.

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New data out of Iraq shows what many psychologists suspected though little research has confirmed: Girls who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) are more prone to mental disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Tuesday, 10 January 2012 11:51

GAMBIA: FGM campaign gains momentum in CRR

 

The campaign to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has taken roots in The Gambia through raising awareness and building consciousness amongst the people.  The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices affecting the health of Women and Children  (GAMCOTRAP) has recently completed a series of training and information campaign activities held in Janjangbureh, Sami Karantaba Tabokoto and Chamen Nainija, all in the Central River Region north.

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Thursday, 05 January 2012 06:22

GAMBIA: FGM Campaign Gains Momentum in CRR

 

The campaign to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has taken roots in The Gambia through raising awareness and building consciousness amongst the people. The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices affecting the health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP) has recently completed a series of training and information campaign activities held in Janjangbureh, Sami Karantaba Tabokoto and Chamen Nainija, all in the Central River Region north.

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The sound of gun shots pierced the air as seemingly intoxicated youth joined girls and women in wild celebration.

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Nevada Senator Harry Reid today introduced the Girls’ Protection Act of 2011 to protect young girls by banning the act of transporting girls overseas to be subject to female genital mutilation (FGM). By closing what is known as the “vacation loophole,” this legislation would strengthen a law that Reid authored in 1996 that criminalizes the practice of FGM on girls under the age of 18 in the United States.

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Report says a child protection worker commonly called Aunty Lois by her wards has become one of the most recent victims of death threats, harassment and intimidation by some women in Katema Village, in the Mambolo Chiefdom, after she refused to join the Bondo society.

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When Aissatou Kande was a little girl, her family followed a tradition considered essential to her suitability to marry. Her clitoris was sliced off with nothing to dull the pain.

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