Pan African Parliament Endorses Ban on FGM

by Desmond Latham
Inter Press Service, August 12, 2016

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http://www.ipsnews.net/2016/08/pan-african-parliament-endorses-ban-on-fgm/fgm-640-629x472_resize

After years of wrangling and debates among African leaders, the movement to end female genital mutilation (FGM) is gaining real momentum, with a new action plan signed this week by Pan African Parliament (PAP) representatives and the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) to end FGM as well as underage marriage. The UNFPA has already trained over 100,000 health workers to deal specifically with aiding victims of FGM, while tens of thousands of traditional leaders have also signed pledges against the practice.

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