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African traditional rulers pledge end to child marriage, female genital mutilation

Traditional and cultural leaders across West and Central Africa on Friday unanimously adopted a document detailing an action plan to end child …
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Female genital mutilation rates drop for African girls but teens still at risk

In North Africa, prevalence rates fell to 14% in 2015 from nearly 60% in 1990, the report said; West Africa dropped to about 25% in 2017, from 74% in 1996.

The UN children’s agency Unicef estimates that 200-million women and girls globally have undergone FGM, with the highest prevalence in Africa and parts of the Middle East.

Campaigners welcomed the drop but said FGM also affects teenagers and young women, a demographic outside the study.

“We are pleased to see that the numbers are coming down in a lot of countries,” said Emma Lightowlers, a spokesperson for campaign group 28TooMany, which does research on FGM in Africa.

“But it doesn’t tell the whole story and there are other groups where cutting takes place after the age of 14. It takes…

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African countries urged to toughen laws on female genital mutilation

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Millions of girls in Africa are at risk of female genital mutilation because their governments are failing to enforce laws banning the internationally condemned practice, campaigners said on Thursday.

Six countries which are home to 16 million girls – Chad, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Sudan – still do not even criminalize FGM, according to a major report examining laws in the 28 African countries where the tradition is endemic.

“These countries are failing to protect their girls and women,” said Ann-Marie Wilson, executive director of campaign group 28 Too Many, which worked with 125 lawyers around the world to compile the study, the largest of its kind.

“FGM is always traumatic and has a life-long impact. A law sends a strong…

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