Victory in sight for revolution over female genital mutilation

February 7, 2012 • Female Genital Mutilation, News

Thanks to Cecelia Angelone for sending me this article about female genital mutilation (FGM). This issue is one that PMC has worked on. Showing people the risks involved in the practice and showing alternative positive behaviors is one of the most effective way of eradicating a deeply embedded cultural practice such as FGM/C. See:

Victory in sight for revolution over female genital mutilation

Nina Lakhani,

Monday 06 February 2012

Amid the horrors surrounding female genital mutilation (FGM) there is a quiet revolution, which experts hope could lead to the eradication of the practice.

Thousands of rural communities across Africa, which have practiced FGM for centuries, are starting to abandon the tradition in response to grass-roots education programmes. Analysts are even daring to talk of eradication within two generations – something that was unimaginable even five years ago.

Another 2,000 communities in countries including Sudan, Somalia and Egypt rejected the practice in 2011.

FGM is a harmful social convention in which part, or all, of a girl’s external genitals are removed. Each year around three million girls – 8,000 a day – face FGM. An estimated 130 million girls and women are living with painful complications.


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