Monday, December 21, 2009

Collective abandonment in Somalia

It took three years of hard and persistant work but the result is worth it. Of course abandoning, rejecting and saying that FGM should be stopped is one thing. Now instances need to be created to check that indeed there is no more FGM going on.

"Last month, hundreds of men, women and children gathered in a Somali stadium in the early morning heat to witness a historic declaration: the collective abandonment of female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) by representatives from 20 communities.

The event, attended and lauded by women’s activists, religious leaders and local government officials, was the culmination of over three years’ work by the international non-governmental organization Tostan and its local partner, the Somaliland Culture and Sports Association (SOCSA)."

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