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UN: UN On a Drive to Reduce Female Genital Mutilation

Two United Nations (UN) agencies have launched a programme worth more than R300 million to reduce female genital mutilation by 40% by 2015. The initiative was established jointly by the UN Population Fund and the UN Children's Fund.

It will primarily encourage communities in 16 African countries with high prevalence of the practice to abandon it. The UN statistics show that between two and three- million women and girls have their genital organs mutilated annually in the name of culture around the world.

Female circumcision is described by the world body as having untold physical and psychological effects on young women and leads to serious health complications and death.

In this initiative the UN will partner with governments, religious leaders, media and civil society to protect the millions of women and girls who are at risk every year. It says ending the practice will contribute to achieving international development targets, and will enhance the human rights of women and girls, contribute to their empowerment, improve maternal health and reduce child mortality.

SOURCE: SABCnews.com

AUTHOR: Thami Dickson

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DATE: 16/08/2007

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