African women move to abandon female genital mutilation

accelerating the end of FGM

Women in 15 African countries are working to abandon the deeply rooted traditional practice of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C).

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates up to three million girls a year undergo the procedure.

Senegal looks set to become the first African country to stamp out FGM/C, according to the agency. UNFPA and local groups have engaged young women there—many of whom have been cut—in grass roots campaigns seeking to end the practice within a generation.

Dianne Penn spoke to Nafissatou Diop, coordinator of a joint UNFPA-UNICEF programme on FGM/C. She explains how Senegalese women are helping to change attitudes.

Duration:  3’05″

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