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TANZANIA: FGM on the decline, study shows

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    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 4, 2006
      > From: "IRIN" <IRIN@...>
      > To: "RE Ausetkmt" <ausetkmt@...>
      > Subject: TANZANIA: FGM on the decline, study shows
      > Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 06:57:17 -0700
      > TANZANIA: FGM on the decline, study shows
      > [This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]
      > DAR ES SALAAM , 4 December (IRIN) - The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM)
      > is on the decline in Tanzania, according to the results of a study by the country's
      > Ministry of Health.
      > Released on 1 December, the Tanzania Demographic Health Survey showed that FGM
      > prevalence had declined from 18 percent in 1996 to 15 percent in 2005, when the
      > survey was carried out.
      > "More efforts are needed by various stakeholders to ensure the practice is
      > eradicated," said Ananilea Nkya, director of the Tanzania Media Women Association, a
      > local non-governmental organisation.
      > Local NGOs attributed the decline in the number of girls undergoing FGM to continued
      > awareness campaigns against the practice.
      > "The campaigns have had positive results, including a recent decision by 190
      > mutilators to lay down their tools in Kilimanjaro region," said Helen Kijo-Bisimba,
      > director of the Legal and Human Rights Centre. She urged the government to increase
      > its funding of projects aimed at eradicating gender-based violence, including FGM.
      > FGM involves the cutting and/or removal of the clitoris and other vaginal tissue,
      > often under unsanitary conditions. It is practised in at least 28 countries globally.
      > The United Nations children's fund, Unicef, estimates that up to 140 million girls
      > and women around the world have undergone some form of FGM. It is practised
      > extensively in Africa, and also found in parts of the Middle East and among immigrant
      > communities around the world.
      > Human-rights activists have put pressure on governments to legislate against FGM. At
      > least 16 African countries have banned the practice, and the Maputo Protocol, an
      > African regional document that explicitly prohibits and condemns FGM, came into force
      > in November 2005.
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