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Ending FGM Requires Global Efforts, Political Commitment

This is Africa: Together, We Can Stop FGM
Julitta Onabanjo, UNFPA regional director for East and Southern Africa

“…Anti FGM-campaigners and activists, community-level leaders such as teachers, pastors, [youth health workers], [and] political leaders are playing and continue to play a critical transforming role in changing cultural norms and swaying attitudes against the ill effects of female genital mutilation. … Journalists and media organizations are also crucial to the global effort to eliminate FGM by reporting on FGM and other harmful practices respectfully and ethically. … As we mark the 2018 … International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, we need to continue to accelerate efforts that raise awareness of the FGM issue against the worrying backdrop of the rising numbers of girls at risk. We need to advocate for political commitment aimed at stopping this harmful practice across African countries…” (2/6).

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