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Saving the girls from FGM: Inside the African village that finally rejected it

Posted On: 11 Oct 2019   |   Posted By: Marie Claire

Saving the girls from FGM: Inside the African village that finally rejected it

FGM has been deeply rooted in Guinean culture for centuries, with 97% of women having endured it as part of the region's traditional rite of passage. Now after years of collaboration with Plan International, this village proudly takes a stand against it Plan International / Johanna de Tessières Hidden deep within the forested region of southeastern Guinea, a group of women from a rural community dance and sing together. This day is historic: after years of hard graft, the village will officially celebrate the abandonment of FGM .
The practice of genital mutilation is deeply rooted in guinean culture, with 97% of women having endured it as part of the region's traditional forest initiation. In 2007, Plan International Guinea pledged to start a discussion on this issue.
Now after years of discussion, multiple exchanges with authorities and talks with religious leaders and the community cutter, the village has reached this historic point.
‘We are joyful! Joyful about abandoning this harmful practice for all...

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