Big push for Africa to abandon female genital cutting

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Young girls from Cheha District of Ethiopia. The district abandons Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) through community dialogue

An increasing number of communities across Africa are renouncing female genital mutilation or cutting.

The UN Population Fund or UNFPA says 2,000 communities have abandoned the practice in 2011, bringing to total number to 8,000.

February 6, is the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting.

UNFPA believes the world can help end this practice in one generation.

Nafissatou Diop, a coordinator of a joint UNFPA-UNICEF programme on FGM/C says the movement has already spread across 15 African countries.

"We know that this a very big practice and that a legislation itself cannot solve the problem but it can help of course to have a legislation in place, a policy against FGM/C in place so that the other actors can play their role also teacher, judge, lawyer, police. Every body is also encouraging and discussing and educating the communities."

UNFPA estimates that 130 million to 140 million girls and women have undergone the practice, mostly in Africa and some countries in Asia and the Middle East.

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