Community dialogue a way to end FGM

Anti-FGM activists from stage a play campaigning against female circumcision. Over the years, there have been increased efforts to accelerate the ending of female genital mutilation. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • One of the best methods involves working with men, boys, and religious leaders as change agents, which has proved successful.

  • The dialogues, which take place in informal settings such as under a tree, are organised with members of the same sex and within same age sets.

  • It gives them personalised space to question cultural beliefs and understand why FGM is harmful.

  • World Vision does not advocate communities adopting milder forms of the practice, such as ‘symbolic’ circumcision.

Over the years, there have been increased efforts to accelerate the ending of female genital mutilation (FGM). However, FGM is still prevalent among several communities.

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