MALI: Mali To Cut Female Circumcision To 65% By 2012

Mali's National Programme to fight Female Circumcision (PNLE) plans to reduce the practice from 85% to 65% by 2012, PANA reported Thursday.

The plan resulted from an action plan that evolved from a workshop that involved the Malian technical services, the civil society organisations as well as technical and financial partners.

The action plan serves as a road map for all stakeholders in the fight against Female Genital Mutilations (MGF).

Ending FGM is among the priorities of the Malian government, which has set up a national action committee for the elimination of the practice, which is harmful to the health of women and children.

Established in June 2002, the PNLE coordinates, monitors and assesses the policy and strategies against female circumcision.

SOURCE: Afrique en Ligne

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DATE: 13/01/2009

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