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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Mali: 400 Malian villages stop female genital mutilation

September 7, 2010 
Afrique en Ligne

Bamako, Mali - Despite some resistance, the fight against female genital mutilation (FGM) has recorded significant progress in Mali, with over 400 villages putting a stop to the practice, PANA learnt from the Ministry of Women, Child and Family on Thursday.

According to the directorate of the National Programme of the Fight against Excision (PNLE), the good result arose from intense advocacy and sensitization programme across the country.

Different associations and NGOs played significant role in the stoppage of the archaic and unhealthy exercise, accounting for a decline of the rate of practice from 95 percent to 85 percent.
According to PNLE, there is no specific law prohibiting the practice but organizations and individuals, including religious leaders, are doing a lot to halt the 'menace'.