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Almost 2,000 communities across Africa have abandoned female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in 2011. This brought the total number of communities renouncing the practice to 8,000 over the last few years, according to new findings by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and UNICEF, the United Nations Childrenís Fund.





Annual Report 2011 for the UNFPA/UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting




Direct Link to Full Report: http://www.unfpa.org/webdav/site/global/shared/documents/publications/2012/Annual_Report_2011.pdf


The Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting is being carried out in 15 African countries: Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Senegal, Somalia and Sudan.

The 2011 annual report highlights the gains, challenges and best practices for the abandonment of FGM/C and offers select indicators on progress in policy and advocacy, capacity building, partnerships and media coverage. FGM/C campaign highlights in 2011 included a West African fatwa against cutting, Guinea-Bissauís criminalization of FGM/C and the high rate of abandonment in
Senegal, where 760 communities declared an end to cutting and child/forced marriage.

In addition, up to 8,000 African communities declared their abandonment of female genital mutilation/cutting, more than 18,000 community education sessions were held and almost 3,000 religious leaders publicly declared that the rite should end.

The report also features extensive information on progress by each of the 15 countries.

In 2011, a continuing core feature of the programme was not only forging partnerships but also ongoing offers of technical support and information to relevant parties, including to the General Assembly and the World Health Assembly. In addition, the programme maintained advocacy and discussions with the British Parliament debating FGM/C; participated in helping to start a research institute on FGM/C in
Nairobi; and took part at an African Union meeting on harmful traditional practices.