Over 10 million people in Africa say "no" to female genital cutting

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At age one, Fatima was subjected to female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in her village in Afar Region of Ethiopia which has one of the world's highest prevalence rates. Photo: UNICEF/Kate Holt

Over 10 million people in Africa have said "no" to female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) as a result of a worldwide effort to stop the practice.

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) andUNICEF are joint sponsors of a programme to get communities to abandon FGM/C in one generation.

On Thursday the UN Secretary-General launched a global campaign against mutilation and cutting and enlisted the help of big media outlets like the Guardian newspaper.

Speaking to Jocelyne Sambira, Dr Nafissatou Diop, Coordinator of the joint programme to accelerate the abandonment of the practice, explained why.

Duration: 4’18″

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