INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2012 _ INVITATION TO REPS AND DELEGATIONS TO GENERATE MEDIA COVERAGE ON THE EU/UNICEF PROJECT ON FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (08/03/2012)

EU project saves thousands of girls from female genital mutilation

An innovative EU and UNICEF project has helped thousands of families, communities and countries to change attitudes and end harmful traditional practices like female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in Africa, says a report on the EU funded project ahead of International Women's Day. As a result of education and awareness raising, girls in thousands of communities in Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Senegal, Sudan and India are no longer subjected to this practice.

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Ethiopia

More than 70 per cent of Ethiopia's forty million adult women have been subjected to female genital cutting. But that number is dropping rapidly. In its efforts to support the end of female genital cutting within a generation UNICEF and the European Union have been promoting positive social change in the three regions of Ethiopia where cutting is most prevalent.

Video — a community decides

Story - With UNICEF and European Union support, young women lead the charge against cutting!

Sénégal

Le Sénégal est le fer de lance du mouvement d'abandon de l'excision. En un peu plus d'une décennie, près de quatre des cinq mille communautés pratiquant l'excision ont annoncé qu'elles abandonnaient la coutume. Ces deux dernières années ont été les témoins de changements très rapides grâce à l'appui de l'Union européenne aux partenaires de l'UNICEF au Sénégal. Il est désormais possible que cette pratique néfaste cesse définitivement d'ici à 2015.

Video - Sénégal - en tête du mouvement

Article - Au Sénégal, l'UNICEF et la Commission européenne appuient une campagne destinée à mettre fin à la mutilation génitale féminine

Sudan

The roots of female genital cutting are deeply intertwined with the Sudan's religious and cultural traditions and the concept of female honour. The Arabic word to describe a girl who is not cut is a word of shame. UNICEF and the European Union support the Saleema campaign—which gives new status to girls who are uncut.

Video- Sudan — celebrating 'Saleema'

Story - In Sudan, Saleema campaign re-frames debates about female genital cutting

Contact:
Myriam Watson
Tel: +32 (0)2 296 52 55
E-mail: myriam.watson@ec.europa.eu