Somalia: female genital mutilation down
16 April 2013, 16:22
Nairobi - A new survey from Somalia says the practice of
female genital mutilation is on the decline.
The survey released on Tuesday by Unicef and the governments
of Somaliland and Puntland found that 25% of girls ages 1 to 14 have undergone
the practice, compared to 99% of women.
Unicef has been working with community leaders in northern
Somalia to try to change attitudes toward female genital mutilation.
Susannah Price, a spokesperson for Unicef, said the figures
are encouraging but that progress is slow. She credited changing awareness
among religious leaders and increased awareness of the health risks the
practice poses to girls as reasons behind the decline.
Tuesday's survey also found that the literacy rate among
women is on the rise.