Claudia Cappa, author of a UNICEF report on female genital mutilation

More than 125 million women, mostly in Africa and the Middle East, have been subjected to a painful, violent and terrifying ritual known as female genital mutilation (FGM). A new report by UNICEF says more and more girls are saying 'no' to FGM and a growing number of communities are abandoning the tradition. But millions remain at risk. Claudia Cappa, lead author of the UNICEF report on the subject, tells Douglas Herbert about what needs to be done to eliminate the practice.

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Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on August 23, 2013 at 10:42pm

I agree Joan. Education is the best tool for eradicating such practices.

In the UK it is estimated that there are about 20,000 victims of FGM despite it being illegal. No one has ever been prosecuted for it.

Africans warned against genital mutilation

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 23, 2013 at 10:05pm
Many people often express surprise that mothers and female family members do the cutting and support the practice because of beliefs held by their religions. Just as women in China bound the feet of their daughters, they did so because of tradition. The mental, physical and emotional hold of beliefs, whether religious or tradition, continue until women refuse to continue the practices. Education is the best tool for eradicating such practices.
Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on August 22, 2013 at 5:17pm

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