Resources on Female genital mutilation

UNFPA addresses the practice of female genital cutting (FGC) not only because of its harmful impact on the reproductive and sexual health of women, but also because it is a violation of women's fundamental human rights. Targeted messages about the dangers of FGC are directed to parents, teachers and community leaders through various communication channels. Another important target of communications and other activities are midwives, who are the main practitioners of FGC. To build support among this group, projects to eradicate FGC often offer an alternative income-generating component to help practitioners maintain their livelihoods. UNFPA also supports policy and legal reforms, as well as research about the scope and the consequences of the practice.

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The nine case studies presented in this brochure are drawn from a longer UNFPA report entitled, "Culture Matters: Working with Communities and Faith-based Organizations". It highlights the necessity of mainstreaming cultural analysis and sensitivity in development efforts addressing issues such as gender equality and equity, HIV/AIDS, female genital cutting, gender-based violence and reproductive health.

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A yearly overview of UNFPA's outreach with diverse faith-based partners through its Country, Regional and Global offices. Submissions to this review inform the input provided by UNFPA to the Secretary General's Report on UN system-wide activities for the promotion of interreligious and intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation for peace.

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The conference documented in this report gave those working across a range of fields towards ending female genital mutilation/cutting a chance to share their experiences. Many participants indicated that it crucial for those in African countries to work more closely with those from other regions and countries to share and learn from one another’s efforts. Participants also explored the possibility of establishing an African Coordinating Centre for the Elimination of FGM/C, as proposed by the University of Nairobi.

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