Published on Afrol News / Gender women/Harmfull Practices, December 9, 2010.
While Tanzania outlawed female genital mutilation (FGM) in 1998, mass FGM ceremonies are still going on, in particular in the November-January season. Activists expect over 5,000 girls to be cut “this holiday season”.
The government of Tanzania passed a law prohibiting FGM in 1998 and yet reports indicate that during the current holiday season, about 250 girls have already been cut and over 5,000 girls are at risk of being genitally mutilated in Tarime district of Tanzania’s Mara Region alone. Faiza Jama Mohamed, Nairobi Office Director of the human rights group Equality Now asks, “What is the use of having a law against FGM if the government has no plans to implement it?” … //
… The practice is performed on cohorts of girls in ceremonies that take place at least every two years in almost the entire district. Many girls in this community drop out of school and are married off after undergoing FGM. LHRC fears that every day between November 2010 and January 2011, around 100 girls may be at risk of genital mutilation in the region … (full text).