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UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation-Cutting: Accelerating Change : Annual Report 2010 : Nurturing Change from Within.
The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation. (Maria Malmström; Nafissatou J. Diop; Francesca Moneti; Cody Donahue; Aminata Toure; Werner Haug)
2011 (English)Report (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The objective of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (FGM/C): Accelerating Change is to contribute to the abandonment of FGM/C in 17 African countries within a generation. FGM/C is a deeply embedded in social norm – woven into all aspects of social, cultural and political life. Although the practice is a violation of human rights and causes untold harm to the health and wellbeing of women and girls, it has long been viewed as a cultural necessity. In this context, simply exhorting people to change their beliefs and behaviour is not eff ective and can, in fact, be counterproductive. People must arrive at these decisions on their own; public support and consensus are key to promoting sustainable change. In its work to change such a deeply ingrained cultural practice as FGM/C, from its inception the Joint Programme has supported a holistic, culturally sensitive and participative approach grounded on a firm foundation of human rights. This approach ensures that the principles of human rights guide all programmatic activities and analysis in the target countries. The aim is to create local environments characterized by participation, empowerment, non-discrimination, equity, accountability and the rule of law. This holistic, participative approach has proven to be a most eff ective means for ending FGM/C in a sustainable manner. It also tends to promote wider community empowerment. Similarly, a supportive national environment based on an accurate, country-specific, culturally sensitive understanding of the causes and eff ects of FGM/C is also crucial to accelerating the abandonment of the practice.

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New York: UNFPA-UNICEF , 2011. , 48 p.
Keyword [en]
circumcision, female genital cutting, social change, body, agency
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-1581OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-1581DiVA: diva2:564094
Available from: 2012-09-21 Created: 2012-11-01 Last updated: 2013-01-28Bibliographically approved

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