ETHIOPIA: Saved From The Afony Of Female Circumcision
Millions of women around the world are subjected to genital mutilation. But, in Ethiopia, the practice is slowly disappearing, writes Paul Vallely
No one knows how many women are subjected to the procedure but it is thought that over two million procedures are performed every year. Amnesty International estimates that over 130 million women worldwide have been affected by some form of what it calls female genital mutilation.
In Ethiopia, which is where Hanna lives, 70 to 80 per cent of women are circumcised, as are almost all men. But this is not a bad news story. It is about change – for in the region around the town of Woliso in the central part of the country a remarkable project has brought a revolution in social attitudes.
SOURCE: The Independent
AUTHOR: Paul Vallely
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