Female genital cutting needs "grassroots approach"

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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

The eradication of female genital cutting requires a "grassroots approach" according to a rights activist who attended a recent UN meeting on the issue.

The practice affects 200 million women and girls and is considered a 'social norm' in many parts of the world, but the UN has condemned it as a human rights violation.

FGC, as it is known, is the altering of female genitalia for non-medical reasons.

Suzanne Bowles sat on a panel representing the human rights group, Tostan.

She explains to Laura Jarriel what organizations like Tostan are doing to counter FGC.

Duration: 4'26"

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