Religious Leaders from the Afar Region of Ethiopia Issue Declaration to End the Practice of Female Circumcision

September 10, 2008 • Female Genital Mutilation, Ethiopia, Daily Email Recap

In this announcement from Nazareth, Ethiopia, thirty religious leaders from the Afar region, representatives from the Office of the Supreme Sharia Courts, Islamic Affairs Bureau, and the Women’s Affairs Bureau of Ethiopia issued a declaration to end the practice of female circumcision, also called female genital mutilation (FGM). The declaration was issued at the end of a Population Media Center (PMC) workshop held from July 30 to August 1 in 2007, to discuss the issue of female circumcision and what religious leaders can do to help eradicate the practice. The PMC workshop was the first part of a “whole society” strategy to eradicate the practice of FGM in Ethiopia, and the Afar region in particular. PMC uses a “whole society” strategy to strengthen the impact of communication initiatives. The PMC strategy in Ethiopia includes a radio serial drama with a storyline about the risks and negative consequences of FGM.

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