FGM/C, Rights, Harmful Practices, Gender, SOMALIA:
Somalia Shifts to Less Severe Form of FGM

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Mogadishu - Somali activists welcome the move to practice a less severe form of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country, but say they would rather see FGM eradicated.
According to a local schoolteacher Raho Qalif, there is a cultural shift whereby people now recognise the negative effects of the extreme form of FGM on women and girls.

Despite it being banned under the current Somali constitution, FGM remains embedded in Somali culture, and is still practised in the war torn parts of the country.

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), FGM has immediate and lifelong complications, including loss of libido and genital malformation. (END//2013)

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