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The struggle for abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in Egypt.

Glob Health Promot. 2009 Mar;16(1):57-60. doi: 10.1177/1757975908100752.

The struggle for abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in Egypt.

Molleman G, Franse L.

Centre for Knowledge and Quality Management, Netherlands Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NIGZ), Woerden, The Netherlands. gmolleman@nigz.nl

ABSTRACT

This commentary describes a visit to the Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting project in Cairo. FGM/C is a very serious problem in Egypt and other countries in the North of Africa. Among girls between the age of 15-17, 77% have been cut, with very serious health consequences. In Egypt, there is a comprehensive strategy led by very enthusiastic employees of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood with support of UNICEF. At a national level a broad coalition is being built that tries to mobilise the legal, medical and media communities to overcome the practice of FGM/C and realising adequate laws that criminalise FGM/C.At a local level two community projects were started in 160 villages in Upper and Lower Egypt for raising community awareness and dialogue on FGM/C. That is the only way to create a growing social movement that can collectively abandon the practice of FGM/C.

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