To end female genital mutilation, economically empower women

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To end female genital mutilation, economically empower women
Students in Kenya arrive at an event advocating against female genital mutilation (FGM), which causes multiple mental and physical health problems

Female genital mutilation (FGM) will not be eradicated unless women are economically empowered to make their own decisions, an activist stressed today, as the United Nations released data warning that the ancient practice may take centuries to eliminate.

Despite world leaders promising to eradicate the practice by 2030, FGM remains as common today as it was 30 years ago in SomaliaMaliThe Gambia, Guinea-BissauChad and Senegal. "Some countries are not moving at all, and those that are moving are not moving fast enough," said Claudia Cappa, an analyst at the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). 

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