Monday, 20 December 2010 11:08

KENYA: 2,500 Boys and Girls Undergo 'Cut'

 

About 2,500 boys and girls have been circumcised in Kuria West and East districts since the beginning of the month.

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While Tanzania outlawed female genital mutilation (FGM) in 1998, mass FGM ceremonies are still going on, in particular in the November-January season. Activists expect over 5,000 girls to be cut "this holiday season".

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The African Union (AU) today launched the African Women’s Decade, with a top United Nations official calling on the continent’s leaders to seize the opportunity to eliminate a raft of ills, from exclusion from land tenure, credit and inheritance to violence and genital mutilation.

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Tuesday, 28 September 2010 10:51

GAMBIA: Gamcotrap Advocates for Law on FGM

 

In an effort to ensure that a law on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) exists in the country, The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices (Gamcotrap) Thursday organised a day's consultation forum with National Assembly members (NAMs) to sensitise them as well as make FGM a law in country.

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The Chairman, Senate House Committee on Health, Senator Iyabo Obasanjo Bello, has attributed the partial spread of HIV/AIDS to female genital mutilation(FGM) especially when its done in group of girls.

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Friday, 20 August 2010 05:59

ETHIOPIA: Empowering women to fight FGM/C

 

In the northeastern Ethiopian region of Afar, more than 91 percent of women undergo one of the most severe forms of genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). Reproductive health education however, seems to be paying off, with the number of girls affected reducing, albeit gradually.

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Fifteen-year-old, Elizabeth Loengetunya dreads the long rains season.

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Activists against female genital mutilation have requested that it be included among the issues to be discussed during the African Union summit in July.

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Tuesday, 01 June 2010 06:10

COTE D'IVOIRE: Zero tolerance of FGM/C

 

Progress on a "Zero Tolerance" national campaign in Côte d'Ivoire to eliminate female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) by the end of 2010, has been slowed down by health and education infrastructure, aid groups said.

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Parliamentarians from all over Africa are pushing for a continent-wide ban on female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and are calling on the UN to pass a General Assembly resolution appealing for a global FGM/C ban, as it violates human rights, they say.

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