BENIN-TOGO: Can microcredit turn FGM/C cutters to new trades?

IRIN Africa News. A service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. 26 Dec 2008.FREE

BENIN-TOGO: Can microcredit turn FGM/C cutters to new trades?

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… TCHAMBA, 26 December 2008 (IRIN) – For years, the Togolese government and its NGO partners have been trying to convince women who perform female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) to trade in their knives for microcredit loans and agricultural equipment.

Despite a 10-year-old law in Togo that criminalises FGM/C some ethnic groups in Togo still report clandestine cuttings.

While the number of women reporting having undergone FGM/C in Togo has decreased by half since 1996 to seven percent of the population in 2008, according to a recent UN-funded government study, it is not clear what role income-generating activities have had in this drop…

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