News on Female genital mutilation

22 May 2012
News
For centuries, female genital mutilation or cutting has been practiced throughout much of Africa. But dealing as it does with a very intimate subject, FGM/C was often spoken of, if at all, only in whispers. Today the... Read more
29 February 2012
In the News
UNITED NATIONS, New York --- A senior United Nations official and the renowned singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo today urged all UN Member States and communities to outlaw female genital mutilation/cutting and raise... Read more
17 February 2012
In the News
WASHINGTON, D. C. --- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday that there is no cultural justification for female genital cutting, a practice that is sometimes referred to as female circumcision.... Read more
31 January 2012
News
PATA, Senegal — As Senegal edges closer to becoming the first African country to fully abandon female genital mutilation/cutting, younger women are supporting campaigns to change social norms surrounding the practice.... Read more
2 February 2012
News
GADARIF, Sudan — When Ahfad University for Women in Omdurman began offering a course in community development in the 1990s meant for mature, illiterate women farmers, the main goal was to expand the students’ role in... Read more
23 November 2011
News
GUINEA — The rite of female genital mutilation/cutting may be hard to end, but it is slowly happening in at least one corner of eastern Guinea, Guinée Forestière, in West Africa. A programme of UNFPA and UNICEF on... Read more
2 February 2012
News
AFAR REGION, Ethiopia — In a ceremony of poetry, drama and music, the Buremudaytu and Argoba districts in the Afar region officially abandoned female genital mutilation/cutting earlier this month. The event– attended by... Read more
21 October 2011
News
NAIROBI --- Participants at an international conference on research, healthcare and preventive measures related to female genital mutilation/ cutting called for the creation an African Coordinating Centre for... Read more
18 October 2011
News
NAIROBI, Kenya — “This initiative will improve the lives, health and dignity of women and girls in Africa,” said Nafissatou Diop, coordinator of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme that aims for the abandonment of the... Read more
17 October 2011
In the News
SARE HAROUNA, Senegal — 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. But on her... Read more

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