Nov 30, 2010

Holistic Strategies More Successful at Reducing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)


A recent study in Kenya has shown that approaches involving an entire community are more successful at reducing female genital mutilation than are those that focus narrowly on individuals or that simply condemn important local traditions. This means discussing the issue with male and female community members, religious leaders, and legislators. It is also essential to address the issue within the relevant social and cultural context and to emphasize positive aspects of local culture, for instance by developing alternative coming-of-age ceremonies. At Life for Mothers, we value context-specific community education and involvement as a necessary means to creating sustainable change in attitudes and behavior. Read about our holistic project model here and view the complete article about FGM here.

Did you know?

Almost every minute, a woman dies related to complications related to pregnancy and childbirth.

Source:United Nations Department of Public Information

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