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[afro-nets] Breaking the Silence on Female Genital Cutting

  • Subject: [afro-nets] Breaking the Silence on Female Genital Cutting
  • From: Jinna Halperin <JHalperin@pathfind.org>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2004 11:50:27 -0500

Breaking the Silence on Female Genital Cutting
Pathfinder International/Ethiopia

On February 29th, 2004, Pathfinder/Ethiopia and one of its local
partners, the African Development Aid Association, organized a
public wedding ceremony in the town of Kofele to celebrate four
couples that decided to marry without practicing female genital
cutting (FGC). With technical and financial assistance from
Pathfinder/Ethiopia, ADAA has been working in the Arsi zone of
the Oromia region to educate young girls and their families on
the negative impact of this harmful traditional practice (HTP),
and the reasons for promoting prevention and eradication of FGC
and other HTPs.

The public wedding ceremony was organized in collaboration with
local community and religious leaders, whose participation was
key to ensuring the event's success. Over 3,000 people, includ-
ing representatives from governmental and non-governmental or-
ganizations at the district, regional and federal levels, at-
tended the public ceremony. FGC is widely practiced throughout
Ethiopia, and especially in the Arsi zone, where it is usually
performed immediately before the marriage of a young girl.

Pathfinder International in partnership with the National Com-
mittee for Traditional Practices in Ethiopia is working through-
out the country's major regions to prevent and eradicate HTPs.

For more information on this and other Pathfinder International
programs, please contact
Jinna Halperin <jhalperin@pathfind.org>

Thanks and best wishes,

Jinna Samara Halperin, MPH
Technical Communications Associate
Pathfinder International
Nine Galen Street, Suite 217
Watertown, MA 02474, USA
Tel: +1-617-924-7200 ext. 228
Fax: +1-617-924-3833