Community-Based Program: More Women Refuse Female Genital Mutilation

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The founder of an international group that educates people about the dangers of female genital mutilation – also known as female genital cutting or FGM/C – says a growing number of women are refusing to undergo the practice.


Molly Melching, founder of the non-profit group, Tostan, says her community-based program of education and training has helped reduce the practice in more than 6,000 communities in eight African countries.



Molly Melching says Tostan has been successful in changing attitudes about female genital cutting in countries such as Somalia, Guinea Bissau and Senegal – where her program is based.

On VOA's Press Conference USA program, she said her group's success has stemmed from an approach that begins first, with asking people how they want to live in their communities, and then raising their awareness about issues that include health and hygiene.



“It’s this awareness-raising that is so critical, which is not about going in and telling people ‘This is horrible. How could you do this? This is barbaric,’ which is what some people’s first reaction is. But we felt like it was not the way to go about changing something that people think is good," said Melching.

Written By: Pamela Dockins
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    • In reply to #2 by Michael Austin:

      If only Americans would start to feel the same way about male genital mutilation.

      Yes true, male circumcision is also unnecessary and barbaric, but the removal of a foreskin cannot be compared to female genital mutilation.

      Female genital mutilation would be more like removing both the foreskin and the nob.

      • In reply to #3 by tyga:

        In reply to #2 by Michael Austin:

        If only Americans would start to feel the same way about male genital mutilation.

        Yes true, male circumcision is also unnecessary and barbaric, but the removal of a foreskin cannot be compared to female genital mutilation.

        Female genital mutilation would be more…

        It depends on the type of FGM. There are various types/stages. Any removal of body parts for tradition or religious reasons is pretty disgusting unless there is a total medical necessity for it, which there rarely is.

  1. Does it seem to you that the peoples of that part of the world have come up with more than their share of the craziest shit in human history? Considering the exhaustion of possibilities the various types of FGM show, one has to wonder why creativity hit a roadblock when it came to MGM. Who holds the patent on this? So many things are common or re-invented all around the world but this seems have struck a resonance in this place. Why did it take so long for Freud and Woody Allen to appear?

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