In 2009, PMC published Wurse (“Inheritance”), consisting of 11 non-fiction stories on harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation.

The writers of Wurse were given financial support to visit various parts of Ethiopia to collect the stories first-hand from victims of harmful traditional practices, particularly female genital mutilation. This book contributed to the Whole Society Strategy supporting the 2007-2015 Female Genital Mutilation Project in Ethiopia, along with a radio talkshow, Gudayachen (“Our Concern”), two radio magazines, Naedetai (“Let’s Stop, This Is Enough”) and Igaddaa (“We Do Not Want It Anymore”), seven Capacity Building Training Workshops, and three other books, Yemaleda Shekim (“Burden at a Tender Age”), Yaltenabebu Libotch (“Incongruous Hearts”), and Mulu Sew (“The Complete Personality”). In addition to these components, PMC has produced TV and radio spots and leaflets in three languages (Amharic, Afar, and Somali).

Personal stories are powerful, but not everybody has the literacy to share their stories. PMC sent writers to different locations in Ethiopia to gather real stories to share in Wurse.

Making a Difference

As part of Whole Society Strategies for important health and social messages, PMC has published a total of 10 books in Ethiopia and one book about the effectiveness of using books for social change. All of these books have been distributed to the libraries of government agencies, UN organizations, professional associations, schools, and other relevant organizations.

Project Information

Title: Wurse (“Inheritance”)
Format: Whole Society Strategy – Book
Location: Ethiopia
Duration: 2009

PMC Country Staff:
Country Representative: Dr. Negussie Teffera

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