About 2,500 boys and girls have been circumcised in Kuria West and East districts since the beginning of the month.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fifteen-year-old, Elizabeth Loengetunya dreads the long rains season.
Activists against female genital mutilation have requested that it be included among the issues to be discussed during the African Union summit in July.
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.
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.
Selection of documentaries on key Child Rights issues in Africa from various sources.