GERMANY/TOGO: German NGO Backs Fight Against Female Genital Mutilation in Togo
Muller told a news conference here Saturday that new jobs would be found for the women who carry out the practice.
"They will be given finances to enable them find other lucrative businesses," Mrs. Akuavi Odah, chairperson of Benin-based NGO "Odjougbo" (INTACT's main partner), stressed.
The plan of action endorsed by Togolese NGOs also indicates that INTACT will sponsor 21 programme managers, both women and men, who will later be deployed on the ground to raise awareness among the population on the dangers of female genital mutilations.
INTACT, which has long engaged in similar initiatives in Benin, intends to help Togo eradicate the phenomenon.
"Togo is today the main target of our fight against female genital mutilation as it has enacted a law to combat FGM," Odah declared, saying that her NGO was pla n ning to launch several initiatives in cooperation with women's associations, re l igious and traditional leaders as well as the Togolese government.
The Germany-based NGO was established in 1996 and works towards the eradication of female circumcision in countries like Benin, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Togo.
SOURCE: Afrique en Ligne
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