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We don’t have to marry circumcised girls – Maasai Morans
29 Jan 2016

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 29 – As a young Maasai moran, Jeremiah Kutanya, had sworn never to marry a girl who is not circumcised.

He was determined to continue nurturing cultural practices he learnt from his father and grandfather during his transition to manhood.

It was very important for him to marry a girl who had undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

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Ethiopia: The Odyssey of Counter-Cultural Movement Headed for 2025
28 Jan 2016

It is a bit though to describe what is meant by culture per sec beyond its dictionary rhetoric. It has also been the most challenging term for most of delineated social scientists over decades. Scholars from different field of perspective have tried to come up with succinct definition of the word though they failed to pin down a single, comprehensive and binding meaning of the term. (...)

Among these off-putting cultural legacies, female genital mutilation is the major one which comes at the front line of the tendency. It has been practiced in a society of most developing countries in which traditional and cultural beliefs and prescription dominated the everyday life of the people.

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Author: Bereket Sisay

“Over 6 million women in South West Nigeria victims of female genital mutilation”
28 Jan 2016

Over 6 million women are victims of f‎emale genital mutilation across the six states in south west Nigeria, a group, New Initiative for Social Development, has said.

At a training organized for journalists in Ado-Ekiti, Wednesday, the group said that Oyo State has the highest figure with almost 2 million victims.

The training, tagged ‘Reduction of Discrimination and Violence against Women in South West. Nigeria,’ was organized with the support of the British High Commission.

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Author: Ben Ezeamalu

Photo: NAN

WIPNET Disappointed over Sirleaf’s Snub of FGM in State of the Nation
28 Jan 2016

MONROVIA, Montserrado – The Policy Coordinator of the Women in Peace Building Network, Tambah Johnson, has expressed disappointment over the failure of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to include the eradication of female genital mutilation in Liberia during her State of the Nation address.

Johnson praised the president for her support for women empowerment in the country but pressed for her to do more on this particular issue.

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Author: Gbatemah Senah

Photo: Erik F. Brandsborg, Aktiv I

Two women charged with circumcising girls in West Pokot
27 Jan 2016

Kapenguria, Kenya: Two women were Wednesday arraigned before Kapenguria Principal Magistrate Court and charged with circumcising two girls.

Elizabeth Julius and Lulimle Chepnyorir were accused that on January 18 at Kapela village within West Pokot, they jointly subjected two girls to Female Genital Mutilation, contrary to the law.

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Author: Irissheel Shanzu



FGM is one of the worst forms of gender based violence and perpetuated across the world. Each year FGM will claim the lives or hamper the physical and psychological health of millions of women and girls for non-medical reasons. Our information centre is a contribution to the complete abandoning of FGM.

Les MGF sont une des pires formes de violence basée sur le genre et se perpétue partout à travers le monde. Chaque année les MGF vont ôter la vie, ou endommager la santé physique et psychologique de millions de femmes et de jeunes filles pour des raisons non médicales. Notre centre d'information est une contribution à l’abandon complet des MGF.