Thursday, 27 September 2007

Burkina Faso succeeds in reducing female genital mutilation

From AFP

In 1996 Burkina Faso banned female genital mutilation when it was estimated about 80% of girls were subjected to the procedure. Now, ten years later, the prevalence is estimated at 45%.

While there is still a long way to go, and 45% of girls is still a very large number, it is remarkable progress in such a period of time, far less than a generation. Excellent news for once, and demonstrates what can be done.

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