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Two Districts in Northern Ethiopia Declare an End to Female Genital Cutting

20 February 2011
Author: UNFPA

AFAR, Ethiopia — An official declaration marking the abandonment of female genital cutting was issued recently in the Amibara and the Awash-Fentale districts of Ethiopia’s Afar Region.

The effort to abandon cutting started nearly 10 years ago in both districts. In 2008, UNICEF and UNFPA began a joint programme to support that effort in Semera town.

The initiative culminated this past November in two separate public abandonment ceremonies and a commitment from leaders in both districts to remain vigilant.

Read the full story and see the video at unicef.org

Ethiopia
Population : 115 mil
Fertility rate
4
Maternal Mortality Ratio
401
Contraceptives prevalence rate
28
Population aged 10-24
33.6%
Youth secondary school enrollment
Boys 31%
Girls 30%

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