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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Women's Rights, Egypt: Female Mutilation in steady decline

Some positive news for the day: Egypt's rate of female mutilation drops to 66%. The National reports that according to human-rights campaigners, the practice of circumcising young girls is slowly declining in Egypt. 

"The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) remains common in Egypt, particularly for women in rural areas and those with low incomes." Although the progress is slow, it does demonstrate that the government-led campaign to combat the practice is proving successful. "Campaigners said the incremental but significant reduction in FGM shows the effectiveness of confronting cultural taboos with highly public media campaigns." Read more here.

"Female genital mutilation is a very, very old tradition. We have to be patient to see the results through the generations, not immediately," said Ms. Vivian Fouad, a training coordinator for the FGM-Free Village Model Programme at the ministry of state for family and population. " 

I will personally decline to comment on the tradition and be content with the results. 


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