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COTE D'IVOIRE: UNOCI Campaigns Against Female Circumcision

The United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) organized a capacity- building workshop for community leaders in Logouale, 500 km west of Abidjan on Monday, 7 June, 2010, on the fight against female genital mutilation (FGM).


Representatives of the regional office of UNOCI's Rule of Law section lectured some 40 members and officials of the NGO, Loucha (wake up in the local Yacouba dialect), on the laws prohibiting the practice of excision.


UNOCI's Focal Point in Man, Fomunyam Tefuh, said the UN placed particular importance on the fight against excision. “As you all know, the principal mission of the UN is to maintain peace and security. These values can only be attained in an environment where justice and human rights reign. At the end of this seminar, you would be better equipped from a legal point of view, to sensitize the population on the prohibition of excision,” she explained.

For his part, the deputy prefect of Logouale, Sery Able, welcomed the initiative and encouraged everyone to work towards putting an end to FGM. “UNOCI has approached the question with tact by proceeding with the sensitization at the community level. We must all rise up against arbitrary actions and everyone at his or her own level should strive for the progress of civilization and the removal of bad practices,” he stressed.


The NGO Loucha, which aims to promote women's welfare, is based in Switzerland and established a branch in Côte d'Ivoire since 2009.

SOURCE: PR-USA.net

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DATE: 17/06/2010

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