Eight communities from the Imo State in Nigeria came together for a discussion on violence against young women and girls in their areas, organized by the Development Dynamics (DD). All community leaders resolved to end female genital mutilation (FGM), the main topic of discussion. FGM is defined by the World Health Organization as “all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.” Any parent inflicting FGM on their child will now be punished according to Imo State Law. This move from community leaders will hopefully set a strong precedent for other members of the community and be an important step towards eradicating this form of violence against women.
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Find out more about the realities of FGM from the World Health Organization.
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